A Wilderness of Mirrors

A Wilderness of Mirrors : Trusting Again in a Cynical World

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Despite our material and technological advances, Western society is experiencing a deep malaise caused by a breakdown of trust. We've been misled by authorities and institutions, by businesses and politicians, and even by those who were supposed to care for us. The very cohesion of society seems tenuous at times. The church is not immune from these trends. Historically, it has a dubious record when it has wielded power; personally, many of its members are as afflicted by our culture's breakdown as anyone. In A Wilderness of Mirrors author Mark Meynell explores the roots of the discord and alienation that mark our society, but he also outlines a gospel-based reason for hope. An astute social observer with a pastor's spiritual sensitivity, Meynell grounds his antidote on four bedrocks of the Christian faith: human nature, Jesus, the church, and the story of God's action in the world. Ultimately hopeful, A Wilderness of Mirrors calls Christians to rediscover the radical implications of Jesus's life and message for a disillusioned world, a world more than ever in need of his trustworthy goodness.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 138 x 210 x 22mm | 160g
  • Grand Rapids, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0310515262
  • 9780310515265
  • 592,196

About Mark Meynell

Mark Meynell is a writer and teacher, as well as an associate director (Europe) for Langham Partnership, having spent nine years on the senior leadership team of All Souls, Langham Place, in London, UK. Previously he was the academic dean and then acting principal of Kampala Evangelical School of Theology (KEST) in Kampala, Uganda. Married to Rachel, with their two children, Joshua and Zanna, Mark lives in central London, where he is a committed culture-vulture and muso who loves crossing borders and building bridges.show more

Table of contents

ONCE BITTEN, TWICE SHY: Trusting Again after a Century of Lies and Abuses Mark Meynell PROPOSED OUTLINE OF THE BOOK Part 1: BROKEN TRUST: The World We Live In 1) Rulers Have Failed Us: Disillusioned by States and Corporations 2) Informers Have Failed Us: Disoriented by Educators, Experts, and the Media 3) Carers Have Failed Us: Damaged by Families, Social Workers, and Churches 4) The Social Cost of Mistrust: Discord and Paranoia 5) The Personal Cost of Mistrust: Alienation and Loneliness PART 2: REDISCOVERING TRUST: Hope for a Broken World 6) Sin: The Bible's Hermeneutic of Suspicion 7) Christ: Power in Safe Hands 8) The Church: Community with integrity 9) The Christian: Honesty, Humility and Truth 10) The Story: Relishing a True Endingshow more

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