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Call It Grace: Finding Meaning in a Fractured World

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  9 reviews
In a world full of moral and spiritual challenges, Rev. Dr. Serene Jones reveals a spiritual path open to all seekers who want real guidance through complicated issues that affect us all.

As the president of the Union Theological Seminary, Rev. Dr. Serene Jones is one of America's foremost theologians. In this bracingly honest and practical book, Rev. Dr. Jones takes us on
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by Viking
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Charles
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A few weeks ago, I had never heard of Serene Jones or Union Theological Seminary. I found out about both when Jones participated in a Q&A with the New York Times.

In that piece, she shared her doubts about the virgin birth and the resurrection, among other things. Her views weren't particularly shocking by themselves, but I was fascinated because of Jones' position as president of a theological seminary.

I was raised to believe that a "Christian" is someone who believes in the divinity of J
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Jason
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Not bad. This coming from an atheist. I have more in common with SJ than I do some atheist friends. She clearly has an open mind and a kind, human spirit. It’s a bit lightweight in the way it handles other factors besides theology in approaching how one ‘should’ live a good life. There is an entire branch of philosophy (kierkegaard aside) devoted to this topic, not to mention scads that can be learned from various psychological fields (esp those dealing with motivation and loss). Yes, I know an ...more
Jonathan Yao
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
More of a memoir, if anything, but she writes in a way that is refreshingly honest in comparison to other Christian existentialist authors I've read. It's extremely personal, and don't expect a theological argument to be made here. It's narrative and story. Take what you will (she also leaves an excellent reading list.
JohnClellan
Apr 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Meh
Chuck Erion
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review appeared in The Waterloo Region Record, May 4, 2019

It was an interview with Serene Jones in “The New Yorker” that triggered my interest in this book. Jones is the first women president of Union Theological Seminary in New York City, a 180-year-old institution. She is asked about human history as a story of people taking theology and constructing religion around it. “…[T]he more troubling side of that is—and this is where I would put the tendency of religion to overlap with sin—that
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E.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Serene Jones has written about the life of faith as a prominent theologian, combining personal and family stories and experiences with the intellectual concepts of the great theological thinkers. A beautiful exploration of how those of us who study Calvin, Barth, Kierdegaard, Cone, etc. make sense of our lives and integrate the intellect with experience. This book will be particularly good for those who don't understand theology, not because it is an intro to theological thinking for it is not, ...more
Laura Kisthardt
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-read
Before I knew of this book, a classmate and I were speaking about the need for grace in our community. This book, part-memoir and part-theological reflection, was a great read! It gave me so much to think about. Jones doesn't shy away from telling challenging stories, some embarrassing, some sad, and many other emotions. Highly recommend!
Tara
May 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
Really just could not get into it at all. I guess I will stick with her op-eds.
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A highly respected scholar and public intellectual, the Rev. Dr. Serene Jones is the 16th President of the historic Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. The first woman to head the 180-year-old institution, Jones occupies the Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy. She is also currently the President of the American Academy of Religion, which annually hosts the world’s lar ...more