A new edition of Fabric of Faithfulness

I have been wanting to tell my blog friends about the February column over at the website, which, as you can see here, is mostly about William Wilberforce. I hope the Wilberforce movie, Amazing Grace, is still around your town, or coming to your town, and I hope you like the essay I wrote for the local paper, which I reprint there at the website, and the follow-up bibliography. (Look closely for the free book offer!) Why not send it out to somebody you know?
My good friend Steve Garber remains not only a faithful bud and Hearts & Minds booster, but remains an author that we should read and re-read. I’ve linked to his essays at his website, before, and in the February website column, I tell of the new edition of Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behavior. I hate to sound like such a groupie, but I truly think the remarkable forward and the exquistely inspirational afterward that are added to the new edition make it worth having, even if you have the old one. (The new cover is an improvement, too, eh?) Please check out my hat-tipping and all that. It is a book I enjoy writing about, and there are reasons I wrote about it in the Wilberforce review. Steve has been shown interest in Wilby for years, and has been a friend and encourager to some of the key players who cooked up the idea for the film. So I’m not being dramatic or trying to connect dots that aren’t there.
The picture, by the way, is of Steve at Jubilee ’07, in front of 2200 college students, telling of how a Wilberforce weekend impacted his life, decades ago, in Pittsburgh. I was honored to introduce him at Jubilee. He then interviewed Mark Rogers, a significant Senate staffer, who is now doing PR work for Amazing Grace and is one of the most important guys relating faith and art and culture and policy in North America today, and Isaac Slade, frontman of the band, The Fray. Garber always brings others into the conversation.
Perhaps it was from his time with Francis Schaeffer, or from taking in the novels and short-stories of Wendell Berry, or from his long study of the dualisms that plague our worldviews, but his motto these days is “come and see.” That is, his pedagogy is embodied, and he spends much time highlighting the work of others, showing how the gospel can be lived out in meaningful ways. Fabric…of course is loaded with stories, so even as he researched it, he was wanting to tell about the lives of others. It is an important emphasis, though, which I believe you see even more strongly in the new essays in the book; he doesn’t want the spotlight on himself, but on those who are engaging in life-long, good work for God’s glory.
Do check out the February review. The March one will be up soon, too, so don’t wait.

3 thoughts on “A new edition of Fabric of Faithfulness

  1. Thanks for the blog regarding the film, Amazing Grace. Just wanted to let you know that this weekend and next, supporters of the Amazing Change Campaign are hosting Amazing Nights Of Grace, in a concerted effort to get everyone talking about the issue of modern day slavery. The Amazing Change is a social justice campaign launched in conjunction with the release of Amazing Grace to abolish modern day slavery.Plan your own Amazing Grace event and use the film to discuss your activism, faith, and other important themes from Amazing Grace. All the tools are ready for your use. The steps to plan your own event can be found at the following website:http://www.theamazingchange.com/amazingnightofgrace.htmlLearn about people continuing the work of William Wilberforce today at http://www.theamazingchange.com. Thanks again for your support. Please let me know if you have any questions or need any support.ChrisThe Amazing Change Campaign

  2. Thanks for alerting us to this new edition of Steve’s book. The old version of Fabric was already so helpful, I’m sure the new one, after more years of experience and thought, will be simply fantastic. While I have you on the line, as it were, please give him my best greetings. We recently had the privilige of having Steve and his wife with us for some days here in Swiss L’Abri, while his wonderful daughter was working in our community. In fact, she was the one who introduced me to your site.

  3. By,Thanks for the awesome review of Wilberforce in your monthly post, as well as the update on your good friend, Steve Garber. Can you believe that I have yet to meet the man, after all this time? Let me know if he’s ever in the Boston area, so I can try and watch his presentation and meet up for coffee after, if he would honor me with the convo. 🙂

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