Holy Chaos

Chalice. Jul. 2020. 208p. ISBN 9780827215153. pap. $19.99. REL
What does Henderson mean by “holy chaos?” Based on her experiences as an interfaith activist as well as an ordained minister in the Disciples of Christ, her book plays on the reality that life is simultaneously holy and chaotic. She begins her book lamenting the election of 2016, and the fact that she and her parents were on opposite sides. But she is then motivated, as a person of faith, to seek ways to ameliorate disconnection. Her book does this by telling stories, providing questions for reflection, and offering charts that are good starting points for discussion. Henderson describes how fear appears in the body and can also be used as a tool of oppression. Next, she shares how different world religions deal with the fear of God, and how it can be used and abused by religious leaders Henderson maintains optimism throughout, demonstrating ways of moving beyond fear. Most of the book is devoted to dealing with productive ways of enjoying and cultivating love in the midst of holy chaos.
VERDICT Readers interested in interfaith dialog, and seeking to build bridges between divergent communities across race, religion, sexual orientation, and politics will find practical advice and good examples here.
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