Praise for Blessed Endurance

February 18, 2019 by Martin E. Marty

Theologian and Author Martin E. Marty gives high praise for John R. Wimmer and his book Blessed Endurance. You can find Marty's commendation in the newsletter of the Divinity School of The University of Chicago.

We’ve become accustomed to seeing “Breaking News” scroll across our computer screens or televisions, usually in bursting red letters, interrupting our lives on a daily, if not hourly, basis. As cable news outlets compete with one another for our attention, any event, statement, or tweet that seems even remotely newsworthy merits the label “Breaking News.” While long-term viewers are generally inured to the appeal of such constant and strident messaging, it takes little imagination to picture that “Breaking News” stands a better chance of drawing notice than another two-word, ultra-modest signal, “Blessed Endurance.” Yet there are reasons for folks today to pay attention to this latter phrase. It is the title of a skinny book by John R. Wimmer, one which quietly bids for notice through its appealing subtitle, Moving Beyond Despair to Hope. For what I believe are good reasons, I’ll here commend the concept to those worn down by the sometimes real but often manufactured “Breaking News” cycles.

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Author, Martin E. Marty (PhD’56), is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the History of Modern Christianity at the University of Chicago Divinity School.


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