Through the River
Through the River is a challenging and fascinating book that takes the reader on a poignant journey through River Town, providing an eye-opening view on how people can live in close proximity while having radically contrasting perspectives. River Town's three communities live and act so differently because each group is using a distinct set of assumptions about truth (truth lens).
This journey exposes the eternal consequences of how our truth lens influences whether we tell others what we know, insist that others accept what we know or be resigned to keep what we know to ourselves. Today the confusion about truth is great but the stakes are even greater. Our understanding of the different ways people view truth is crucial to building and maintaining constructive relationships. Through the River explores the tools God has given us to engage people who have different assumptions thereby enabling us to communicate Christ to a lost and damaged world.
"Through the River is a welcome synthesis of perspectives on truth . . . This book persuasively conveys the truthful humility and balance of critical realism and argues that the discovery and holistic implementation of biblical truth takes place in the context of an interdependent community."
"Jon and Mindy Hirst have masterfully distilled a complicated subject and made it understandable. They help us see that there are various ways to view truth and that how we approach it dramatically impacts our lives and relationships. With biblical references and practical examples they encourage us on the journey toward truth partnered with love. Prepare your heart and mind for new understanding as you read."
Foreword by Paul Borthwick
Preface: Lessons at the Water?s Edge
Chapter 1: Three Communities along the River
Chapter 2: The River Town Story
Chapter 3: Positivism
Chapter 4: Instrumentalism
Chapter 5: Critical Realism
Chapter 6: Experiencing Truth in Love
Chapter 7: Holding Truth Lenses Up to the Bible
Chapter 8: The Great Disturbance
Chapter 9: Truth Lenses and Relationships
Chapter 10: Interacting with Others on the Journey
Chapter 11: The World through Your Truth Lens
Chapter 12: Journeys through the River