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Unfettered Hope: A Call to Faithful Living in an Affluent Society

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  9 reviews
In this prophetic call to faithful Christian living, Marva Dawn identifies the epidemic socio-cultural attitudes that destroy hope in our modern lives. Because affluent persons don't know what to value--how to choose what's important and weed out the rest--we remain dissatisfied with what we have and are compelled to want more. Dawn demonstrates, however, how Christians ca ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published March 31st 2003 by Westminster John Knox Press (first published March 2003)
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Jan 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
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A useless waste of time. Over half of the book was spent blaming the "technological milieu" for the degradation of society. The author does make some good points about the dangers of obsessing over technology. Yet, rather than emphasizing self control and moderation, Dawn blames and rejects technology itself, except when it is most convenient. Believing that an e-mail address will inhibit her ministry, the author chooses not to use e-mail. However, the book was written on a computer, albeit a DO ...more
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dawn is a curmudgeonly prophet who I like to dip back into regularly. This book was written 15 or so years ago now about the ways our communication, technology and consumerism shape us. It’s way more significant now. She makes compelling calls for us to think carefully about the other communities that shape us. The only antidote to the constant round of hurry and selfishness and individualism of our world is to allow the practices of the Christian community to take more of our time and prioritie ...more
Chris Kidd
Aug 03, 2020 rated it liked it
This was an interesting book reflecting on Western affluence and faith. However, I found the constant criticism of technology a little tiresome.
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent book addressing all the impediments to living a life devoted to Christ in today's world. I'm looking forward to reading more of Marva Dawn's work.
Dave Courtney
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one surprised me. Not because I'm not a fan of Dawn (I am), but because I am a fan of Dawn in the same way I am of Peterson (a comparison the works well when considering Dawn's overall approach and body of work). Which is to say, both have inspired me, taught me, and changed me through their spiritual devotion and perspective (as spirited and shaped theologians), even though I tend to think somewhat differently when it comes to their shared approach to the modern arts and technology.

Where I
Oct 31, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was among the books bequeathed to Stephen from my uncle. He was a Lutheran minister. An interesting guy.

The book reads like a masters thesis or study guide assembling the research/discussions out there. I don't love Dawn's style and feel it's repetitive with too much summarizing and reviewing of info preceding. I have to admit I was annoyed by her use of some of her vocabulary like "technological milieu" over and over.

But there are still some really great parts to it.

I like the sectio
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Marva Dawn does not write easy Christian self-help books. At times I have become frustrated with her books, which are not easy readers, and this one took me longer than I anticipated to work through, in large part because of the mass of ideas here. But it is an important, thoughtful book that tries to answer questions about the stifling of hope in our daily American lives and its remedy in the church's story and practices. It is a book about the Western world and its connections to technology, ...more
Spook Sulek
May 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Spook by: Crazy Love?
Shelves: how-to-live
Really excellent book, though the first two chapters were slow going. Painful to read as well, with all the statistics given. Very interesting, thought-provoking, and in some ways a review of what's come before. Loads of other books recommended, which was nice.
Mar 10, 2011 marked it as to-read
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Marva J. Dawn is an American Christian theologian, author, musician and educator, associated with the parachurch organization "Christians Equipped for Ministry" in Vancouver, Washington. She also serves as Teaching Fellow in Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Dawn is generally perceived as a Lutheran evangelical.

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