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A fresh look at Christian essentials by one of the world’s greatest living theologians
In this simple, beautifully written book Rowan Williams explores four essential components of the Christian life: baptism, Bible, Eucharist, and prayer. Despite huge diﬀerences in Christian thinking and practice both today and in past centuries, he says, these four basic elements have remained constant and indispensable for the majority of those who call themselves Christians.In accessible, pastoral terms Williams discusses the meaning and practice of baptism, the Bible, the Eucha- rist, and prayer, inviting readers to think through the Christian faith and how to live it out. Questions for reﬂection and discussion at the end of each chapter help readers to dig deeper and apply Williams’s insights to their own lives.
“Who better than Rowan Williams to be our teacher about the essentials of Christianity! In this clear, accessible exposition, we get Williams at his best — worldly-wise, pastorally gentle, grounded deeply in tradition, acutely alert to the real world of violence where God indwells. Williams ushers us more deeply into our best discernment of the Christian life.”
— Walter Brueggemann
“A treasure. . . . Enticingly easy to read — simple yet profound, moving yet thoughtful, reassuring yet challenging.”
— Anthony C. Thiselton
served as the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 to 2012 and is now Master of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge. His numerous other books include
Tokens of Trust: An Introduction to Christian Belief.
Faith and Life
July • 978-0-8028-7197-85½ x 8½ paperback92 pages • $10.00
North America rights only; SPCK elsewhere
Addison Hodges Hart978-0-8028-6510-6