A primer on Early Christian and Early Anabaptist spirituality and what the church today can learn from these earlier movements.
John Driver-missionary, professor, theologian-worked for many years as a missionary for the Mennonite Board of Missions in Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Argentina and Spain, and has continued to travel regularly to Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spain for teaching assignments. Driver has been a professor in several seminaries and Anabaptist institutions in Latin America. He has written numerous books in both Spanish and English, including Community and Commitment (1976), How Christians Made Peace with War (1988), Images of the Church in Mission (1997), and Radical Faith: An Alternative History of the Christian Church (1999). John and his wife Bonnie now live in Goshen, Indiana.
John Driver's book could be very helpful to the Indian church. He
insists that spirituality has to be reflected in our day-to-day
life. -- Christina Asheervadam, India
Driver's notion of spirituality-marked by a life of action and full of participation in the social order-offers us a great opportunity to reflect on and correct the course and form of our communal life in a region with "open veins" (in Eduardo Galeano's words) of inequality and social need. -- Rafael Zaracho, Paraguay
Our African churches, like Driver, would find it very difficult to accept the proposition of an abstract and obscure body of Jesus Christ. Driver taps into the Anabaptist definition of the true church as the concrete and visible body of Jesus Christ present in the world. -- Nellie Mlotshwa, Zimbabwe
People today are drawn to finding a type of spirituality that will satisfy them and bring meaning and peace to their lives. In this book, John Driver...invites us to let ourselves be guided by the Spirit of God-to live our spirituality within the committed community, pursuing a way of life that is consistent with what we believe while transforming situations of oppression, injustice, poverty, exclusion, and violence. -- Patricia Uruena Barbosa, Columbia
John Driver's book is a timely resource for Chinese churches. Driver defines Christian spirituality as "the experience of every dimension of human life being oriented around and animated by the very Spirit of Jesus." For Driver, Christian spirituality is the lifelong process of following Jesus...This spirituality has to be embodied within a faith community. -- Paulus Pan, Central Taiwan College and Theological Seminary
It was both inspiring and renewing to read this book by John Driver - I have learned much from him. In the Latin American world in which I live and work, the Holy Spirit is often associated with loud music and spontaneous and emotional expressions. We should never forget that only in Jesus Christ will we be able to find the model of true Christian spirituality, even though it has diverse expressions in different historical, cultural, and geographic contexts. -- Hermann Woelke, Uruguay
I believe that this book provides a very rich and necessary doctrinal manual for the ongoing training of Anabaptist church members throughout the world. -- Mvwala C. Katshinga,? Democratic Republic of Congo