Insane: The Stories Of Crazy Salvos Who Changed The World
This book, written to challenge young Salvationists in fast-paced, mind-blowing language, will make a powerful impact on every reader. If you think history is dull and boring, this book will prove you wrong. But are we willing to be crazy enough to go out and make an impact for the Kingdom of God in our day, as Booth-Tucker or W.T. Stead were in theirs? This book will inspire you to try! More
‘Tell me the old, old story…’
I can still remember listening to this age-old hymn being sung by lovely but warbling old ladies at the home league. The poet calls to others to tell them the story of faith, the one that has inspired countless millions to surrender their lives for the sake of the King and His Kingdom; the story of life and hope that has brought salvation to the world, the story of Jesus doing what He does best—changing people’s lives, working through His people, to transform the world.
That story is what this book is all about.
The Salvation Army was raised on a diet of faith-filled risk and outrageous innovation. The stories contained within this book are a feast of those early adventures that made such an impact upon the world and endeared the ‘Salvos’ to the hearts of communities around the globe. Booth’s ‘war on two fronts’ theology and mission philosophy set a platform for Salvationists to assert, with what was almost a form of divine arrogance, that there was not one sphere of life, not a place on this planet, where injustice and ungodliness could or should be tolerated or remain unchallenged. Their tool kit was filled with courage, creativity, rigorous engagement and understanding of the issues of the day, and an insane level of innovation.
Munn and Collinson have done us a great service in capturing the essence of these Salvo heroes and their stories, to remind us again of the rich legacy that is waiting to be inherited by their modern-day descendants. A new generation of young radicals is emerging within the Salvation Army; they are creating, initiating, challenging the status quo, provoking, annoying, experimenting—demonstrating some distinctly insane behaviours, and they are feeling very much at home with the Salvos, for this legacy is theirs.
The remarkable challenges of the third millenium require new conversations between men and women of faith who are infused with the creative genius of the Divine Innovator and have the courage to ignite these ideas with the passion and sacrifice required.
This book will pour fuel on the fires of their insanity—long may they burn.
12 December 2007
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