Reviewed by Victor Cooper, former associate director, Communication Department, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, now retired and living in England.

Extravagant Love points the way to peaceful living in a world of violence, injustice, and hostility. Stories like those of Maggie in Minneapolis and Manuel in New York City indicate the struggle through which many people go to find release from anger. "Love does more than conquer."

Schramm tells of her unique ministry in Minneapolis. She and her husband manage St. Martin's Table, a bookstore and restaurant that is also a gathering place for discussion and prayer.

At the center Schramm sees ample evidence of growing attitudes of hopelessness that accompany emotional hostility. She believes "God's way of loving and responding to violence is still the most powerful force in the world." She calls hopelessness, despair, and apathy sin. Christians can risk extravagant love because God's grace sustains us.

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Reviewed by Victor Cooper, former associate director, Communication Department, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, now retired and living in England.

September 1989

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