Being Human

A new lens for our cultural conversations

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Pub Date 12 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 26 Feb 2024
John Murray Press, Hodder & Stoughton

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'Being Human masterfully reorientates us towards the only story that ultimately makes sense of who we are ... A remarkably timely book'
Justin Brierley

'Practical, prayerful and ambitious. A Gospel-infused, wide-angle lens on contemporary society.'
Jill Duff, Anglican Bishop of Lancaster

'A valuable toolkit for church leaders, to help them build confidence in their members, to share the story of Jesus and his kingdom.'
Les Isaac OBE, President, Ascension Trust

'A great book about one of the most important but confusing questions of our time.'
Professor Iain Provan, author of Cuckoos in our Nest: Truth and Lies about Being Human

Who am I? Does my life matter? What will make me happy?

In different ways and at different moments we all ask life's big questions about what it means to be human. But in our fast-paced, rapidly changing and often exhausting society, our cultural stories struggle to provide us with good answers. Whether on issues of gender identity or AI, climate change or racial injustice, our individual solutions to life's big challenges can often end in deep division and broken relationships.

But there is another way. Being Human offers a new lens - a new way to engage with our cultural conversations using four key aspects of humanity: significance, connection, presence and participation. Digging into the foundations of our cultural stories, authors Jo Frost and Peter Lynas expose the cracks in our culture's understanding of what it means to be human. By contrasting our cultural narratives with the story of the Bible, we can see how cultural truths have been fractured and isolated from the fullness and richness of who God is and who God created us to be, and come to recognise that only in Jesus can we live truly fully human lives.

Being Human is a refreshingly clear and engaging guide for everyone who wants to live out and share the good, true and beautiful biblical vision of what it is to be human.

Peter and Jo co-lead the Being Human project, an initiative from the Evangelical Alliance, helping everyday Christians live out and share the biblical vision of what it means to be human.

'Being Human masterfully reorientates us towards the only story that ultimately makes sense of who we are ... A remarkably timely book'
Justin Brierley

'Practical, prayerful and ambitious. A...


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ISBN 9781399811095
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PAGES 256

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It's interesting how this book explores what it is being human- through a Biblical lens-and more so because if at any point you've ever wondered just how much more there is to good and evil, this would be a recommended read.
The authors look at what it means to be human through four key aspects: significance, connection, presence and participation.
I also found this book intriguing because the authors analyze the stories we are told, and we then tell ourselves rooted in our foundations of family, culture and society- so that it's not just looking at what it is now but also what informed our understanding and beliefs about humanity.
Thank you Netgalley for the eARC.

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A solid overview of various parts of the human experience and the vocation to live as the image of God. A lot of it is straightforward if you have read other books on the subject, but I did like how this also included prayers and spiritual practices to further solidify what you read.

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