THE SUN AND THE UMBRELLA by Nela F. S. Ferre
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THE SUN AND THE UMBRELLA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is one of the most penetrating and inspiring books that has appeared in many a long day. Nela Ferre is one of those unusual Christian leaders who is at once a theologian of the front rank and an eloquent advocate of a vital religious life expressed in personal living and in social action. This presentation is based on a parable the essential point of which is that God as revealed in Christ is the Sun, but that the sun-worshippers (Christians) are for the most part living under umbrellas of their own construction for inability to bear the strong light of the sun, and for fear of its effect upon them. He then proceeds to point out in devastating fashion how our doctrines about the Christ, the church and the Bible have become umbrellas against the sun; they have gotten in the way of direct and immediate contact, with God, the Light of Lights. Then Ferre proceeds in stirring chapters to indicate what it would mean for Christians, Jews, other religionists and secularists to walk in the unshielded Light, and how the Gospel may be presented to them most effectively. A brilliant plea for a first-hand religious experience.

Publisher: Harper