This booklet contains five meditations from a key passage (Luke 24:13–49) that undergirds Graceworks’ ministry of seeing lives transformed through community. The meditations focus on the encounter between the risen Christ and two of His disciples on the Emmaus Road.
1. Lonely in a Broken World
2. Jesus, Our Divine Friend
3. Divine Friendship and Human Friendship
4. Friendship and Truth
5. The Practice of Friendship
Appendix A: The Power of Three
l found myself resonating immediately with Soo-Inn’s booklet… His emphasis on community and friendship comes as a breath of fresh air in the midst of unparalleled Christian individualism… That God should minister to us through others should convict us of our smug spiritual selfishness. Above all, the beauty of the lurking God shines brightly on every page of this monograph.
— L.T. Jeyachandran
Executive Director, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (Asia-Pacific), Singapore
Most people will not have the time or inclination to read Aelred of Rievaulx or the other works that Soo-Inn Tan cites, but they will recognize in this book that here is a man who knows their human situation, who has walked the road of friendship himself.
— Peter H. Davids
Professor of Biblical Theology, St Stephen’s University, New Brunswick
As we eavesdrop on the conversation between the author who serves as our friend and guide, and the Author of life who is our ultimate Friend and true Guide, we are invited to join their dance steps of true friendship—spiritual friendship.
— Sivin Kit
Lead Pastor, Bangsar Lutheran Church, Kuala Lumpur
When I read this hook on friendship I was reminded of an ancient saving by Brigid of Kildare: “A person without a soul friend is like a body without a head.” Dr Soo-Inn Tan helps us appreciate the Emmaus story in a fresh way and invites us to enter
into the friendship with Jesus and with one another through his heartwarming meditation on that story.
— Koichi Ohtawa
Director, CLSK, Japan
In a day when society is more and more fragmented and loneliness is the major problem of the twenty-first century, Soo-Inn Tan’s book, Friends in a Broken World, brings hope and encouragement.
— Judith L. Davids
Pastoral Counsellor, St Stephen’s University, New Brunswick