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John Sentamu's Agape Love Stories: 22 Stories of God's Love Changing Lives Today

Sentamu, John and THOMASON, Carmel (2016) John Sentamu's Agape Love Stories: 22 Stories of God's Love Changing Lives Today. Darton, Longman and Todd, London, UK. ISBN 978-0-232-53223-4

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In this moving and inspiring book, compiled by John Sentamu, 22 people, including Jean Vanier and Richard Taylor (the father of Damilola Taylor), explain how an experience of God’s agape love gave them hope and changed lives.

These are stories which stand as inspiring demonstrations of Christian faith in action. Among the contributors are people who have lost loved ones to murder and natural disaster, some who have overcome extreme personal challenges and some who have devoted their lives to a God-given calling to the service of others. Their stories, with accompanying words of wisdom and encouragement from John Sentamu, are witness to the life-transforming power of God’s love.

Item Type: Book / Proceeding
Additional Information: Across a range of health-related disciplines, there is a broad consensus that self-narratives of health and illness have a potentially therapeutic role. There is also some agreement that such narratives can assist the public in understanding people’s lived experience, contributing to the shared cultural perception of and response to a given illness. If the first of these functions is mediated by therapists, the second is primarily mediated by journalists. Like the therapist, the journalist functions as a co-creator of the illness narrative, but unlike the therapist, the journalist has a divided ethical responsibility. She is answerable not only to the needs of her interlocutor, but also to her readership and to whatever editorial commitments and constraints she has. In this presentation, the authors examine the role of literary journalism in helping patients, practitioners, families and the general public understand experiences of illness and disability. Using a framework developed by Greenberg (2014) from Aristotle’s Rhetoric and Poetics and Mitchell’s (2014) discourse-analytical approach to journalistic ethics, they reflect upon the experience of one of them in co-creating such narratives for a series of books published for a mainstream/lay readership. This reflection considers both the ethical and aesthetic dimensions of journalistic storytelling as a method to understand and facilitate both a personal and collective response to health and illness.
Faculty: School of Computing and Digital Technologies > Film, Media and Journalism
Depositing User: Carmel THOMASON
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2018 13:07
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2019 11:23
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/4120

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