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Hearing the Call
Liturgy, Justice, Church, and World
POD; Published: 1/10/2011
ISBN: 978-0-8028-6525-0
Price: $ 39.99
450 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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Nicholas Wolterstorff has long been intensely engaged with issues of liturgy, justice, and how to live faithfully as a Christian in the world. Hearing the Call brings together more than thirty of Wolterstorff's most enduring and influential popular and semipopular articles from the last fifty years in a wide-ranging volume that highlights his ongoing role as one of the church's most incisive and compelling voices.

Nigel Biggar
— University of Oxford
"From Minnesota to Palestine, Kuyper to Boesak, autobiography to human rights theory, and church architecture to the theology of lament, this marvelous array of essays, letters, and interviews displays throughout an incarnate Christian intelligence that loves the world even when prophesying against it, and marries philosophical clarity with human honesty. Nick Wolterstorff's Hearing the Call fascinates, illuminates, moves, and heartens. Bravo!"
Gabriel Fackre
— Andover Newton Theological School
"Wolterstorff is a rare Christian writer who moves with grace from writ to rite to rights."
Mark A. Noll
— University of Notre Dame
"It is a real delight to have these essays of Nicholas Wolterstorff collected and readily available once again. Wolterstorff is one of the cannily perceptive authors who made the Reformed Journal legendary in its day for wit, insight, and gravitas. His essays gathered from that source, and many others, are a feast for heart and mind together."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"This thoughtful, passionate collection of essays from seasoned philosopher and theologian Wolterstorff, written over a 50-year period, ranges in topic from worship, liturgy, church architecture, music, lament, and women's ordination, to the spiritual health of institutions including churches, colleges, businesses, and government. An overarching theme runs through: 'God loves justice,' not retributive justice, but that which creates a merciful, holy community where human rights are honored and every member flourishes. Several essays address formative experiences with Christians challenging injustice in South Africa, Honduras, and Palestine; Wolterstorff documents his awakening to oppression and his subsequent call to speak up on behalf of those communities. Through a Reformed Tradition lens, Wolterstorff's intellectually rigorous reflections encompass church fathers, reformers, and liberation theologians. American Christians who promote the 'prosperity gospel' and sanction torture elicit his strong condemnation. Opening and closing biographical essays address the author's lifelong involvement with academia, including his student and professorial years at Calvin College, Yale, and Harvard, and the loss of his adult son, which inspired profound reflections on lament. An afterword contains two recent interviews that synthesize themes presented in this masterful work."