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Eccentricity – New Book from the Rev. David Auten

David Auten BookThe church has been inundated in recent years with literature emphasizing the relational and the value of community.

Rev. David Auten provides an alternative perspective and counterbalance, bringing our attention back to the other indispensable side to the communal—the individual and the sacredness of the self.  Eccentricity: A Spirituality of Difference (Wipf & Stock) is a sustained meditation on this strange and fundamental fact: there has never been, nor will there ever be, another you. You are inescapably and irrevocably different. But what does that difference mean? And who are ”you” really?

Weaving together insights from Calvin, Caussade, Jung, Derrida, Wolterstorff, and others, Auten guides the reader through a spiritual exploration of the difference implicit in being a self, the divine calling to make a difference, and the interconnectedness of the two. The result is an arresting bricolage reminding us of the wonderfully eccentric nature of human existence. 

Appropriate for individual pastoral use, or as a resource for small groups with discussion questions included at the end of each chapter, Eccentricity is guaranteed to stimulate the minds of skeptics and the religious alike.  Copies can be purchased easily and directly through Amazon (keyword search “David Arthur Auten”).  All proceeds will benefit the ministries of the First Congregational Church of Ramona (U.C.C.) making a difference here in southern California.

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