b'THEOLOGYA THEOLOGY OF PLAYLearning to Enjoy Life as God Intended KEVIN M. GUSHIKENYou are allowed to experience deep joy in following Jesus.God has given humans freedom and permission to playto fully enjoy lifes moments as he intended, with no ulterior motive. The Christian life without play becomes malformed, and believers can miss aspects of the abundant life Jesus came to give. In A Theology of Play, Kevin Gushiken builds a case for getting serious about play as a vital element of being a Christian. Play, he writes, is not merely an activity but a way of living. Gushiken explores play from vari-ous biblical and theological lenses:how an identity grounded in Gods good creation invites us to play the connection between play and the biblical concept of Sabbath why past hurts dont have to keep us from enjoying the present releasing false guilt and shame to find true freedom to play how to play in the midst of difficulty and painUltimately, knowing and enjoying God brings freedom and pleasure. A Theology of Play helps Christian believers identify barriers to play in their day-to-day lives and offers faithful guidance in recapturing play within the rhythms of life.Kevin M. Gushiken (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) serves as the PhD and Leadership Director at Lancaster Bible College, Capital Seminary & Graduate School. Prior to this, he served as a Senior Pastor in Chicago for seventeen years.978-0-8254-4865-2$24.99Paperback5.5 x 8.5176 pagesReligion / Christian Rituals & KREGELPractice / Worship & LiturgyA C A D E M I CKregel AcademicRights: WorldJune 25, 202424kregel.com/academic'