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Tortured Wonders: Christian Spirituality for People, Not Angels

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  42 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
A 2004 Publishers Weekly Book of the Year; 2004 Quills Award Nominee

Tortured Wonders shows how orthodox Christian spirituality "never gives up on the body." Rodney Clapp begins by addressing the incarnation of Christ and the resurrection of the body, and the place of sacraments in Christian spirituality. Then he takes up the likes of Elvis and Bambi to explore the spiritua
Published November 1st 2006 by Brazos Press (first published 2004)
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Mar 01, 2012 rated it liked it
I loved this book and am sad that I ended up disagreeing with so much of it. The subtitle of this book "Christian Spirituality for People, not Angels" is what grabbed me and Clapp wonderfully develops this theme in warm, humorous, and humane ways. And that helped me. I liked the questions he raised and was impressed by his frequent grounding of his thinking in historic Christian orthodoxy (quoting from St Augustine more than anyone else). I liked how he grounded his initial thinking on our physi ...more
Donovan Richards
Oct 14, 2010 rated it liked it
I hate Spirit 105.3 (my local Christian radio station). If you like that radio station and I hurt your feelings, I apologize. In all honesty, I really do not want you to have hurt feelings, but I find Spirit 105.3 less wholesome and family friendly (as they advertise) and more vomit-inducing otherworldly fakery. Of course I am painting this station in broad strokes and I have no special insight regarding the spiritual lives of its disc jockeys, but every bit of spiritual advice I hear on air sou ...more
May 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: faith-religion

I like the idea that is the intended focus of Clapp’s book, which is hinted at in the sub-title: “Christian Spirituality for People, Not Angels.” The intended emphasis here is on the reality that people have physical, earthly bodies, and that spirituality involves more than merely the spirit, heart, or mind.

I like this because it immediately attempts to address the fallacy that as Christians we should see our bodies only as a source of temptation, weakness, and evil. Rather, our entire being—inc
Oct 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Five stars may be overly generous for a book that does a bit of wandering, but I enjoyed keeping company with Clapp as he talked about spirituality (despite the freight the word bears today), defining "Orthodox Christian spirituality" as "participation and formation in the life of the church that is created and sustained by the Holy Spirit." And as he makes clear, this spirituality is in the body, not cut free from the body and dwelling on high like the angels.

The reason Christian spirituality
Frank Peters
Apr 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
This is a book that I wanted to like, but unfortunately did not. The entire premised behind the book is something that I agree with strongly, so I was entirely on the side of the author. But the book was not at all style in that it was essentially all style and no substance. The author clearly enjoys writing, while I don’t really enjoy writing for writings sake, but rather am hungry for content that is interesting, useful, uplifting, educational or even entertaining. The majority of the book did ...more
Apr 19, 2011 rated it liked it
A provocative presentation of orthodox Christian spirituality in very modern earthy terms. Author emphasizes that spirituality must be grounded in the bodiliness of being human rather than spiritualized as if we are angels. Structured around creation, incarnation, and resurrection, all if which involve the whole human , including the body, Clapp explains what an embodied spirituality means in a modern/postmodern world in regard to relationships, community, sex, diet and exercise. The approach is ...more
Ben Chenoweth
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
It took me ages to read this book, basically because it is fairly heavy-going. (I struggled with his sentence structures more than once. Was it just me or does his prose need more commas?) But the content was good. He has a helpful presentation on the sacraments, and I was challenged by something he said about disciplines. But it wasn't very memorable, unfortunately.
Mar 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
A little repetitive, especially in the 2nd half, but thought-provoking. A good exposition of the Real Presence of Christ in the Lord's Supper and the meaning of the Supper as a communal activity. It seems rare to find a book on spirituality focusing so heavily on the Eucharist.
Bernard Hull
Oct 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
This man has something profoundly helpful and relevant to say to the Christian church of today, especially in the form that western Christianity has taken in these latter decades.
Jim Vaden
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Every good Christian book on spirituality should have a section devoted to farting. This one does, and I heartily approve.
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