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The Good Life: Genuine Christianity for the Middle Class
Intimate friendships, loving families, good food, and beautiful homes--middle-class Westerners enjoy so many gifts. Christians often feel guilty about their enjoyment of these gifts, but David McCarthy suggests that God provides these things for our enjoyment. In contrast to consumerism, which encourages shallow relationships, McCarthy explains how the love of God fosters ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 19th 2004 by Brazos Press
(first published 2004)
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Wonderfully written, and sharply packaged by Brazos (Baker). McCarthy is a theo. prof. at a Catholic college in Maryland, probably in his late-30s. He uses everyday anecdotes to expose the struggle middle-class suburban Christians are in, often without knowing it. The book is 27 small chapters broken into 4 categories: People (friendship, marriage, sex and singleness, God and neighbor, etc.), Places (home and hospitality, country and nation, etc.); Things (debts, work); and God (breaking down th ...more
This Brazos's press "Christian Life" series shines in some volumes and disappoints in others. This one was somewhat disappointing. I might give it another read but the first time through it struck as too theologically speculative to be practical. Yet, in its brevity, it wasn't sufficiently answering questions of a theological nature.