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Book review: To be like Jesus by Dean Pallant

Book review: To be like Jesus by Dean Pallant

Book review: To be like Jesus by Dean Pallant

8 September 2020

Essential reading for all thoughtful Salvationists.

By Ian Southwell

Lieut-Colonel Dean Pallant is a widely travelled Salvation Army officer, holding a doctorate in theology from King’s College, London. His latest book is To be Like Jesus: Christian Ethics for the 21st Century Salvation Army.

Using self-discovery methods familiar to 21st-century educators and students, he encourages readers to explore what it means to be a Christlike Salvationist in any of the 131 culturally diverse countries in which the Army works.

The first five chapters introduce an essential framework for seriously exploring what it means ‘to be like Jesus!’. Pallant uses that framework in the following 12 chapters to help readers examine a range of potentially controversial issues. These include discrimination, start of life, human sexuality, divorce and remarriage, same-sex relationships, pornography and social media, migration, refugees and human trafficking.

I recommend the book as essential reading for all thoughtful Salvationists, for those contemplating membership in the Army, or anyone seeking to appreciate Christian ethics in the 21st century.

To Be Like Jesus! is available from Sydney Salvationist Supplies (1800 634 209) or thetrade.salvos.org.au, and Melbourne Salvation Army Supplies (1800 100 018) or commerce.salvationarmy.org.au

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