Luke: The Book of Blessings and Woes

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'For Christians of our time, Megan McKenna explores the meaning of the blessings and woes pronounced by Jesus on the plains of Galilee. She calls us to the heart of the gospel and to be converted to discipleship in Jesus kingdom of God. Readers learn about Jesus teachings through his parables as well as through insightful stories about Zen masters, Jewish rabbis, Japanese gods, Sufi mystics and stories told by well-known figures such as Thomas Merton and Leo Tolstoy. We learn that compassion, the source of blessings, means being with others in their pain and suffering and knowing their pain as our own. McKenna explores the contemporary significance of the beatitudes and woes in Lukes sermon on the plain. Her book is full of practical insight. It will be of most interest to those who seek to integrate their scholarly exegesis with practical application in ecclesial contexts.' -- Religious Studies Review

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A well known workshop facilitator, retreat leader, and author of over 30 books, Megan McKenna received her doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA. She has taught at many different schools, including Fordham University, the Washington Theological Union, and the East Asian Pastoral Institute in Manila. She also serves as an Ambassador of Peace for Pax Christi USA.

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'Popular spiritual writer and speaker Megan McKenna turns her attention here to the beatitudes and woes in the Gospel of Luke, which -- in contrast to Matthew's version -- the evangelist presents in close sequence. She begins with a discussion of the biblical concept of ''blessing'' and the prophetic challenge of the woes, as well as reflecting on the key concept of the reign of God to which the beatitudes and woes are directed. The work then turns to the beatitudes and woes themselves. Characteristically, McKenna interweaves analysis of the biblical text with reflection on current experience, particularly the implications of the biblical call to justice and peacemaking.' --Donald Senior, The Bible Today

'In this personal, practical, and intellectual approach to the Gospel attributed to Luke, McKenna deals with the spiritual impact of Luke without omitting facts.... McKenna leads us through the blessings and woes, helping us understand and intregrate the message.' --Spirit & Life

'... a challenging and provocative work that meditates deeply on the consequences of being a disciple of Jesus.' --New Theology Review

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