GOD'S PEOPLE ON THE MARCH by W. M. Bekkers

GOD'S PEOPLE ON THE MARCH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Wilhelmus Marinus Bekkers, Bishop of Den Bosch, Holland, is often regarded as something of a maverick among prelates. He believes that a bishop's role is simply to teach Christians to love one another. The present volume, a collection of Bekkers' ""talks"" to his people, illustrates the working of that conviction. In treating of such varied subjects as the place of the modern Christian in the world, the priest of the future, love as the primary duty of the Christian, and the primacy of conscience, the bishop communicates his thesis: every challenge presented by the twentieth century is only an opportunity to express one's love for one's fellow man. As movingly convincing as is Bekkers' message, its effectiveness is inhibited somewhat by the publisher's -- or at least by the translator's -- negligence in removing much evidence that these are indeed sermons; the reader, feels that, after all, these thoughts were directed at another audience, in another time and at another place, and the sense of immediacy and direct communication is lost. It is a pity that the value of Bekkers' message must suffer because of poor editing practices, but the reader should be warned that the considerable gold in this volume requires patience and charity in the mining.

Pub Date: July 25th, 1966
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston