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Transfiguration

“This book is a clarion call for us to be engaged in the project for world peace. We ignore it at our peril.”

--Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in his foreword

“Transfiguration: A Meditation on Transforming Ourselves and Our World” (published by Doubleday in 2007, with a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu) suggests that the best way to live life is in relationship to the nonviolent Jesus. It invites us into the story of Jesus’ transfiguration, to hear God call us to listen to Jesus, and to follow Jesus all the way to the cross as nonviolent resistance to systemic injustice.

“John Dear brings a much-needed profound and prophetic voice to this world gone mad, where injustice, violence and death reign. ‘Transfiguration’ helps bring the Gospel and the discipleship journey alive--now! It is difficult to put down, even when the challenges presented are not easy to face. It has much to say about our God-given mission to disarm our own hearts and disarm our nation and the world. It guides us to live a truly human life, with full dignity, as God intended.”

--The Los Angeles Catholic Worker

“In Dear’s view, the transfiguration is more than a uniquely Christic event; it is a noun to be applied in today’s world, so disfigured by fear and violence. The Jesus Dear invites us to encounter is a nonviolent revolutionary, an unconditional lover, a God whose light shines among the poor.”

--America magazine, April 2, 2007

“John Dear uses the Christian Gospel story of Jesus’ transfiguration to explore the process of transformation that is available to all of us. Dear invites us to step into this sacred story and see which parts of it resonate with your own experiences.”

-- “Spirituality and Health” magazine, monthly book group selection, March 2007

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Read Archbishop Tutu’s Foreword