“Life is a journey” is both a certainty and a cliché. Young recaptures and deepens the image by describing five stages of the journey: wilderness, wrestling with God, the self-emptying way of Jesus, encountering the “other” in the stranger and the exile, and desire that is both frustrated and fulfilled. A biblical spirituality, she says, “necessitates openness, receptivity, and mutuality, not patronizing ‘do-gooding’ backed up by the assurance that we are right and we have power because we are sent by God.” Young’s accessible yet mature theological reflections incorporate early Christian commentators on the scriptures, and she capably uses a postmodern, typological interpretation of scriptures that is potentially “cathartic,” that is, life-giving.


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