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ISBN: 9781907713095
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 9
Publication Date: 27/05/2011
Pages: 170
Series: Global Christian Library
Language: English

The Seed and the Soil

Engaging with the Word of God

£10.99

The Seed and the Soil explores the power of the Bible that brings about God’s transforming and liberating purposes, as well as its power as an often oppressively misused text. Characterised by a wide variety of storytelling, this book is accessible to all that read it.

What People are saying about the book!

Reading Pauline Hoggarth's book, one is aware that everything she writes is deeply rooted in her own life of engagement with Scripture and in her wide experience of the Bible's impact in many different cultural contexts. She is refreshingly open about both the difficulties many people have in engaging with Scripture and the difficulties Scripture itself presents.
Richard Bauckham
Emeritus Professor of New Testament Studies, University of St Andrews

My shelves are full of books about reading the Bible, but Pauline’s new book is outstanding. It is fresh and thoughtful, grounded in personal reality and clearly the fruit of a lifetime of international ministry and friendship, and deep engagement with God’s Word. To those beginning with the Bible, Pauline passes on a wealth of practical insights, and more seasoned readers will be challenged to think more widely and more wisely.
Revd Jenny Petersen
Faith at QMUL

[This] is a more than worthy addition to our bulging library. However, this isn’t a comfortable, intellectually stimulating book about the background to the Bible or some arcane aspect of biblical theology; it is a challenging book about engaging with Scripture . . . If someone were to ask me to recommend books to help them with reading the Bible, I would have no hesitation in suggesting How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth  for help in understanding the text of the Bible and  The Seed and the Soil: Engaging with the Word of God as a help in letting the Bible get under your skin and transform your thinking and actions.
Eddie Arthur
Kouya.net

Speaking with a depth of pastoral sensitivity and cultural insight, this immensely powerful book is grounded with an understanding of the difficulties encountered by many Christians reading the Bible today. The writer's passion to help others identify and overcome their own challenges includes questions for personal reflection.
Amy Roche
CMS Mission Partner and Research Student at Durham University

Author Bios

Pauline Hoggarth
(By)

Born in Peru where her parents served in mission among the Quechua people, Pauline Hoggarth read modern languages and taught in Scotland and London. After a research degree in sociolinguistics, she joined Scripture Union in Bolivia and the UK, working with young people and as editor of SU’s adult Bible guides. After a period with LatinLink, she served as SU International’s Bible ministries coordinator. in retirement she has returned to Latin America, volunteering with a church in Colombia. She enjoys cinema, gardening, cooking for friends, poetry and detective novels.

Endorsements

In this excellent book about Bible engagement, Pauline Hoggarth shows at the same time the depth and width of her acquaintance with the Bible, and her rich experience of many years working around the world encouraging people to get into the Book. Her global experience and her teaching ability, take us to cross the missionary frontiers of the twenty-first century with a renewed confidence in the live giving and transforming power of Scripture.

Samuel Escobar
Author and Professor Emeritus of Missiology,
Palmer Theological Seminary


My shelves are full of books about reading the Bible, but Pauline’s new book is outstanding. It is fresh and thoughtful, grounded in personal reality and clearly the fruit of a lifetime of international ministry and friendship, and deep engagement with God’s Word. To those beginning with the Bible, Pauline passes on a wealth of practical insights, and more seasoned readers will be challenged to think more widely and more wisely.

Jenny Petersen
Chaplain at Queen Mary College,
University of London


Reading Pauline Hoggarth’s book, one is aware that everything she writes is deeply rooted in her own life of engagement with Scripture and in her wide experience of the Bible’s impact in many different cultural contexts. She is refreshingly open about both the difficulties many people have in engaging with Scripture and the difficulties Scripture itself presents. In addition, it is a pleasure to read a book about engagement with the Bible that is itself engagingly written.

Richard Bauckham
Emeritus Professor of New Testament Studies,
University of St. Andrews

Table of Contents

  1. Series Preface
  2. Preface
    1. 1 Transforming Word
    2. 2 Resisted Word
    3. 3 God’s Word
    4. 4 Interpreted Word
    5. 5 Offensive Word
    6. 6 Unique Word
    7. 7 Young Word
    8. 8 Church’s Word
    9. 9 Living Word
  3. Appendix 1: Additional Resources
  4. Appendix 2: Statement of Hermeneutical Principles
  5. Notes

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