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Book review: Homeward Bound by Graeme Goldsworthy

Book review: Homeward Bound by Graeme Goldsworthy

Book review: Homeward Bound by Graeme Goldsworthy

21 February 2020

Others reviewer, Mal Davies, says at the core of this book is an exploration of homelessness and exile. Photo: Benjamin Lambert 

By Mal Davies

Some books are deceptive.

This little book of about 130 pages is subtitled ‘Sabbath rest for the people of God’ and I assumed it would be a gentle read reminding us of the nature of ‘Sabbath’ and its place in modern Christendom. Well, I was wrong.

Goldsworthy is a Brisbane-based Anglican theologian and a former lecturer at Moore Theological College in Sydney. He has published a dozen books and is renowned especially for his teaching on the Old Testament. While he writes in a relatively easy-to-read style, some of the theological notions he expresses here are not for novice readers.

At the core of this book is an exploration of homelessness and exile, the role of the ‘city’ in the Bible and the rightful ‘home’ of Christians. Towards the end of the book, he writes: “... the Sabbath rest for the people of God speaks of a return from our exile and homelessness in a fallen world.”

If you’ve always had a sense that, as C.S. Lewis might say, you were made for another world, you’ll enjoy this book’s explanation of what it truly means to be at rest with God.

Available at Koorong.

 

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