The Broken Way

Ann Voskamp's style is hard for some people to take. Her books are prose poetry, and those who are interested in a strictly academic systematic theology will be disappointed. I find that her writing style is the most common criticism by people who don't like her books. I, however, love the way she writes. It's like an amalgam of T.S. Eliot and Bonhoeffer.

Another criticism I've heard of Voskamp is that her theology is heretical mysticism that perverts the gospel. I read one "discernment" blogger saying that she could hear the whispering of the serpent through Ann Voskamp's writing. I honestly don't get this one at all. I didn't find any trace of bad doctrine in this book at all. Maybe she emphasizes things in a different way than I would, maybe she uses non-standard theological vocabulary, but what she is presenting here is a pretty solid theology of suffering such as Martin Luther would have undoubtedly approved. She's also probably more well…

Teneo et Tenem

You may have seen the device of a hand holding a cross, with the motto Teneo et Tenem—I hold and am held, or to put it more freely, I bear and am borne. The words used before the cross of Christ was fully known—Take your cross—express the former idea: Accept your cross and bear it. The words given by the Holy Spirit after the Crucified One had been glorified and revealed as our life—“Crucified with Christ”—point more to the other side: Believe that His cross, that He the Crucified One, bears you. Before the work was finished it was only—Take your cross; now the finished work is revealed, that is, taken up and transfigured in the higher—Crucified with Christ, I bear the cross and am borne. “I have been crucified with Christ: Christ liveth in me.” It is only in the power of being borne that we can bear.
-from The Cross of Christ by Andrew Murray

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