Book Review: Rewilding The Way by Todd Wynward


I knew I had to read this book when it got rave reviews from three of my virtual mentors: Ched Myers, Richard Rohr, and Brian McLaren. It did not disappoint.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. So much so, that I read it twice before reviewing it!

Christianity in America is changing, and for the better. For this reason, we need a guide. This book is such a guide that can show us how to live out our faith in a more complete and active manner, not simply focusing on things such as dogmatic theology or worship, but getting us out into our community and world to seek, refocus, and wrestle with how to live our faith daily.

Written in three parts, Wynward describes our situation, gives practical examples of how to change, then outlines what to do next. Both highly practical and accessible to a general audience, the book would be great for the classroom or in a small group study.

I have to admit, chapter 4 was my favorite! The author’s take on “rewilding” The Lord’s Prayer is worth the price of the book alone. Indeed, it has become too familiar to us and has lost its edge. This rewilding of the prayer makes it truly revolutionary…it encourages us to meditate on the change Jesus sought and cuts to the heart.

The book is, in fact, all about “rewilding.” Taking a comfortable narrative and throwing it back out in a manner that challenges our relaxed perspective and causing us once again the reconsider the truth of the message.

It became quite exciting every time Wynward “rewilded” something, including The Pentateuch, or at least the naming of the first five books of the Bible. But the coup de grace was seeing The Beatitudes in a completely new light. We have to ask, just what was the point of the Beatitudes. According to the author, it was Jesus’ way of giving out a job description for those who would majorly disrupt the “business as usual” mentality. This take was both thoroughly mind blowing and encouraging at the same time!

Indeed, Todd Wynward has written a gem of a book that so many today need to read to enliven their faith to a literal world’s worth of work to attend to.

Buy this book…it will revitalize and deepen your journey.

Link-Love for Rewilding The Way: 
Todd Wynward’s website
Rewilding the Way website
Rewilding the Way on Amazon
Rewilding the Way on Goodreads
Todd on Facebook


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author and/or publisher through the Speakeasy blogging book review network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR,Part 255.


This Is A Great Picture…

I happened upon this over at April DeConick’s blog and was so fascinated by it I had to post it up over here with some commentary.

What immediately struck me was the six that are lying down. 

I thought, what a great picture of an early church rendering of an agape meal or Lord’s Supper.  Then, I realized that there were also six seated, plus one standing who appeared to be officiating and who stood out due to the ring around his head – a sign of holiness.  Then (yes, I can be a little slow, especially when it comes to art) I realized this was, in fact, a rendering of the Lord’s Supper!

So, why did the artist portray six of the apostles lying down???  Why not all of the twelve?  Hmmm…

One person on April’s blog commented that they believed this to be Eastern in origin, perhaps 8th Century.

Another revealed that this is on the cover of Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses  and stated that they attributed it to the 13th Century.

Now, considering that by the mid-fourth Century, many such practices as reclining or lying on the floor during church meetings had been banned (cf. Canon 28, Synod of Laodicea), I would interpret this picture as asserting that the apostles, at least some of them, were indeed reclining at the table during the actual final meal with Christ. 

So, the implication is that this was either acceptable or normative for such a gathering, even in the presence of Christ himself!  Quite different from our Western understanding of how the Last Supper happened – one long table with Jesus in the middle…nice and orderly!

So, whether this picture was painted early (1st to 3rd Century) or late (4th to 13th Century) would be interesting to know. 

Was the artist trying to tell us something?  Was it a rebellious move on their part to portray it in such a manner?  Or could it simply be completely typical posing no agenda whatsoever?

If anyone knows more about this picture, I would love to know the history behind it.

Also, what are your comments?  What do you see here?