The Fabric of Faithfulness

Weaving Together Belief and Behavior

by Steven Garber

The Fabric of Faithfulness
paperback
  • Length: 222 pages
  • Published: February 2007
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-3319-1
  • Item Code: 3319
  • Case Quantity: 48

  • Voted one of Christianity Today's 1998 Books of the Year

All kinds of important choices are made during the college years. Young men and women explore what they really believe about the nature of the world and the purpose of life. They choose their work. They build friendships and often choose to marry. They develop goals and adopt habits that may last a lifetime.

Yet late modernity is not a welcome environment for emotional, intellectual and spiritual formation. Society is increasingly fragmented. And the educational system itself, fragmented and specialized, may disintegrate more than it integrates.

How do parents, professors, campus ministers, youth pastors and others help students, during one of the most eventful and intense periods of life, learn to connect what they believe about the world with how they live in it? Steven Garber vigorously engages just that question in this revised edition that includes a new chapter on what he has learned about lifelong formation in the years since the book first appeared. Drawing on the history of ideas, ethics, sociology and popular culture, he offers must-reading on the critical lifework of making sense of life.

CONTENTS

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction

1. Learning to Care
2. The Problem Its Parameters
3. Education for What Purpose? Competence to What End?
4. Making Sense of It All
5. A Worldview, a Way of Life
6. Masters, Mentors Moral Meaning
7. The Context of a Common Life
8. Convictions, Character, Community Incarnate

Epilogue: The Vocation of Healed Healers
Notes
Bibliography

More

Steven Garber is the principal of The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation & Culture, which is focused on reframing the way people understand life, especially the meaning of vocation and the common good. A consultant to foundations, corporations, and schools, he is a teacher of many people in many places. The author of The Fabric of Faithfulness, he is also a contributor to the books Faith Goes to Work: Reflections from the Marketplace and Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalogue. He lives with his wife, Meg, in Virginia.

Read Steven Garber's blog at the Washington Institute.

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