The current age is not a welcome environment for emotional, intellectual and spiritual formation. Society is increasingly fragmented. And the educational system itself, fragmented and specialized, may disintegrate more than it integrates.
How do parents, professors, campus ministers, youth pastors and others help students, during one of the most eventful and intense periods of life, learn to to connect with what they believe about the world with how they live in it? Steven Garber vigorously engages just that question in this revised edition of The Fabric of Faithfulness, which includes a new extended preface and epilogue on what he has learned about ongoing formation in the years since the book first appeared. Drawing on the history of ideas, ethics, sociology and popular culture, he offers must-reading on the vital lifework of making sense of life.
1. Learning to Care
2. The Problem and its Parameters
3. Education for what Purpose? Competence to what End?
4. Making Sense of it All
5. A Worldview, A Way of Life
6. Masters, Mentors and Moral Meaning
7. The Context of a Common Life
8. Convictions, Character, Community Incarnate
Epilogue: The Vocation of Healed Healers
"Attentiveness to the peril of the gap between belief and behavior over time, Garber offers a thoughtful, challenging, passionate and well-written look at how the worldview we teach can, do and must become ways of life for our students."
— Sharon Daloz Parks, author of The Critical Years: Young Adults
"If there is any book I would want to give to a son or daughter going off to college, it would be this one.... Hopefully this book will be read not only by the young but by us all who need such wisdom."
— Stanley Hauerwas, author of A Community of Character
"The Fabric of Faithfulness is a profoundly important work.... Dr. Garber [offers wise counsel] without apology or hubris; just tons of common sense. And I am deeply grateful."
— Standley Gaede, Gordon College
"As we continue to contemplate the significance of the 'four critical years' for young adults, this book is a compulsory read."
— James Davison Hunter, University of Virginia