JOURNEY INWARD; JOURNEY OUTWARD by Elizabeth O'Connor

JOURNEY INWARD; JOURNEY OUTWARD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This book continues the story of the remarkable Church of the Saviour, in Washington D.C., which the author began in her previous book, Call to Commitment. Contrary to the course of many new experimental forms of church life and mission in recent years, which have begun with great zeal and expectations only to fade away when ""the going gets hard,"" this congregation would appear to continue its growth in the two dimensions indicated in the title: the ""Journey Inward"" in terms of a deepening life of devotion and self-offerings; and the ""Journey Outward"" in terms of a proliferating variety of significant mission ventures undertaken by members of the church. The two themes are not sharply separated in the development of the book, but intermingle, suggesting the way in which they interfuse in the life of the congregation itself. The story is written with realism and sober humility, the failures and stresses being faithfully reported along with the successes. Readers concerned with how the church may find greater relevance for contemporary society can find here stimulating pointers toward the answers to their questions.

Pub Date: Jan. 3rd, 1967
Publisher: Harper & Row