I just opened up Francis Schaeffer's book How Should We Then Live? . He's long been a favorite of my husband but I've never read anything from him (though his daughter Susan is an absolute inspiration to me.) The third page in, I was struck by this, the last paragraph of the foreword to my edition. It makes me want to read this with a book club, some dear friends who could pour over these thoughts and cherish and challenge and apply these ideas together. Do you want to join me for a bit of book savoring?
Here are Lane T. Dennis's words from the foreword (written Feb 2005).
Schaeffer's question to each of us- "How should we then live?"- is especially urgent in our own day as we see the growing disintegration and decline of truth and morality throughout our world. What then is the answer that Schaeffer offers in response? It is a commitment to God's Word as truth. It is a compassion for a culture that is lost and dying without the gospel. It is a commitment to the costly practice of truth in the midst of the intellectual, moral, and philosophical battles of our day. It is living in the power and reality of the God who is there, bearing the witness of His truth across the full spectrum of life and culture. As stated by Schaeffer in his closing words: "This book is written in the hope that this generation may turn from... the paths of death and may live." Few have articulated this message more clearly and demonstrated this message more consistently than Francis Schaeffer. And because of this, few will come to the end of this book without a new vision for how, indeed, we should live.
Feeling compelled? I'd love to read along side you and mull over these thoughts with you friends! I'd love to hear from you...