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This book will be one of the most important books for Christians moving forward in today’s secular and increasingly post-Christian society. It examines human beings and argues that our approach to Christianizing individuals and cultures based solely on a ‘worldview’ model is incomplete because it sees people as only “thinking things” when people are more “loving actors.” As a result, Smith argues, that formation has less to do with imparting knowledge and instead has more to do with forming right desires and loves. He understands both Christian culture and secular cultures in terms of liturgies that vie for forming loves. Moving forward as Christians and as a church, this book will be of utmost benefit for forming people who are growing Christians who love Christ over and above what our culture desires and loves and for being able to understand our secular, post-Christian culture and find points of contact where we can saliently speak Christ in a way that is heard and understood.
Rod Dreher, writing for the American Conservative, states: ...because of the amazing work of the young Reformed theologian James K.A. Smith, who talks in his great books Desiring the Kingdom and its sequel Imagining the Kingdom about the importance of his fellow Protestants rediscovering the value of “cultural liturgies.” I don’t know how widespread Jamie’s influence among Protestants will ultimately be — and I encourage Catholics and Orthodox to read his work too — but I do believe that Evangelical believers and congregations that survive the years and decades to come will to some meaningful degree have acted on what they’ve learned from Jamie.
Notes by Jon Corbett