Finding church in a pub, learning to give and receive mercy, fighting global slave trade, turning the world upside down through salt and light. Though Jesus spoke the words of the beatitudes thousands of years ago, people throughout our society are continuing to adjust their way of modern living in the hopes of changing the world around them. With her experience both as an Episcopal priest and as Executive Director of the Beatitudes Society, Anne Sutherland Howard meets these people around the world and shares their inspiring stories.
In Claiming the Beatitudes: Nine Stories from a New Generation, Howard asks the questions, “What would the beatitudes look like today? Is it possible to live a beatitudes life in today’s world?” Through nine remarkable stories of young pastors and seminarians, we are introduced to a world where the beatitudes are not an unreachable moral standard, but a simple set of guidelines by which we can try to live our lives. Howard reminds us that “these are not impossible hero stories; these are simply people of commitment and conviction and courage who invite us to join them in their daily practice.”