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Vincent J. Donovan (1926–2000)

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Vincent J. Donovan is an American Roman Catholic who conducted pioneer missionary work among the Masai people of Tanzania.

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Obres de Vincent J. Donovan

Christianity Rediscovered (1978) 476 exemplars
Chasing Mayflies (2016) 11 exemplars
Only Dead Leaves Fall (2022) 6 exemplars
Killer Dreams (2023) 4 exemplars


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I was cautiously positive about this book when I read it as a Christian, although even then its age was apparent—time and chance happens to us all, but it was written a long time ago by an old man; and an old man who was rather cautious, even if he was fair according to his lights—which made the almost Pop Warner, bow-down-and-worship, worship-the-classics anniversary edition kinda jarring, you know.

That said, it is useful to have learned that peoples in general, even ‘pagan tribes’, believe that there is a ‘High God’ above all the national gods, although that still doesn’t stop the human personality from being partial in its judgments, of course….

But he was a Christian, and he had some respect for the people he was trying to influence; he thought they had rights and didn’t murder them or use them as slaves, you know. (And his god was Jesus! It must be a very common name among the holy gods! 🤪😹). He even has some respect for his dialogue partners as moral agents, and notes with dismay the tendency not to see them as such, as in the still recent past then (now?) the technology of the ‘Christian West’ was evidence of its superior path, and proof that the lesser peoples hadn’t found the way, you know: that was the centrist consensus, not long ago….

Anyway, again: I never quite had the Pop Warner attitude towards the Christian classics and am obviously not now rooting for the side or whatever of something I do longer belong to; at the same time, ‘pagan’ culture is also possessor of all the psychic wounds that flesh is heir to, and not every Christian missionary brings only bad and nothing else, you know. Some of them even do some good.
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goosecap | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Jan 23, 2024 |
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I liked the message of this book, and I enjoyed the flashbacks to Dennis's past. However, I found the rest of the book fairly boring. I would not personally recommend it.
queenofthebobs | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Mar 2, 2022 |
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I received a copy of Chasing Mayflies from LibraryThings early reviewers. I took some time to finally write my review because I did not enjoy reading the book but I think I was just busy and was trying to just get it read. That does not make for a good attitude. Now after several weeks to let the story sit with me I did like the characters and the story line although I was very frustrated with the character's decissions a lot of the time but that was what made the story what it was. All in all the ending was good and it was a satisfying read.… (més)
theeccentriclady | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Nov 10, 2021 |
This is one of the few books by a Catholic priest that fellow vicars-in-training at my Anglican evangelical college have been urged to read. And this classic is both the faith-encouraging story of the conversion of clans of Masai tribes in East Africa, and a guide to evangelism in any context. For in every context there are people that cannot relate to the gospel, and need it translating into their worldview and culture. Giving a glimpse into the challenges this was to the Masai and to Donovan presenting the gospel to them, it helps us see more clearly our job of translation even in a culture we were born into.

Along the way Donovan uncovers some searching questions about the nature of community (at least to Europeans and Americans), the nature of church, the norms of "Western culture", and the role of the ordained priesthood.

This should be read by anyone who takes Christian mission or ministry of any shape or colour. Or frankly, any Christian believer. Thanks to Paul W and Rebecca F for reminding me.
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jandm | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Jul 7, 2013 |


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