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The best of therapy and spiritual direction begins with telling stories that describe where we have been and where we are going. Luke is neither a psychologist nor a spiritual director, but intuitively he understands the importance of storytelling as the key to human growth, change, and healing. Speaking to the crisis of faith faced by his church, Luke retells the story of Jesus’ birth, ministry, death, and resurrection as a means of addressing the spiritual struggles that resurface generation after generation. Touching on issues of belonging, authority, tradition, behavior, and hope, Schmidt offers a reading of Luke’s gospel that speaks to today’s reader.
Praise for Conversations with Scripture:
Revelation — also by Frederick Schmidt . . .
“Schmidt is a gracious and experienced teacher. He knows what false expectations his readers are likely to bring to the reading of Revelation, and offers just what we need for an encounter with the book that is honest to the text and to ourselves. Schmidt’s book will be widely used; and deserves to be.”
—Robin Griffin-Jones, author of The Gospel According to Paul: The Creative Genius Who Brought Jesus to the World
“In this engaging and readable text, Frederick Schmidt takes us into a conversation with Luke in ways that thrust us down deep into the life of the Spirit, preparing us to address the needs of the world today. When the Good News of ‘then and there’ touches our lives in the ‘here and now,’ the Kingdom is indeed within us and among us. To read this book is to receive new eyes for reading again the Gospel of Luke, as though for the first time. I strongly recommend it!” —Paul N. Anderson, Professor of Biblical and Quaker Studies, George Fox University
"With much wisdom and scholarly insight on the volume, Schmidt makes The Gospel of Luke a highly educational read for Bible readers trying to understand a deeper meaning in their tests."— The Midwest Book Review
"By drawing us into conversation with Luke, Schmidt allows such rich, deep truths to challenge us, and discover anew where our hearts and minds are in need of conversion." — Anglican Theological Review