May 2009 - Vol. 30

A Selection of Books

by Stephen B. Clark

Stephen B. Clark has written more than twenty books and several hundred articles. Here is a selection of books in chronological order:

Baptized in the Spirit and Spiritual Gifts, 1969

Finding New Life in the Spirit


From his time at the Morehouse Catholic Chaplaincy at Yale in the early 1960s, to his involvement in the Cursillo movement, and during the early days of the charismatic renewal, Steve Clark had been developing his thoughts and vision for Christian community. They provided the basis for the book Building Christian Communities, published in 1972.

Building Christian Communities: Strategy for Renewing the Church


Growing in Faith, 1974

Knowing God's Will, 1974

Unordained Elders and Renewal Communites, Paulist Press, 1976

.. Man and Woman in Christ: An Examination of the Roles of Men and Women in Light of Scripture and the Social Sciences
Tabor House, 1980


Steve began writing Man and Woman in Christ in the 1970s at the time when feminism was front-page news, but this book is about much more than the roles of men and women It also gives an assessment of the contemporary state of the Christian people as well as a vision for what it could be and the means to make it happen. Steve completed Man and Woman in Christ in 1980, and it was selected by Christianity Today as one of the significant books of the year in 1981.

Redeemer: Understanding the Meaning of the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Servant Publications, 1992

Catholics and the Eucharist: A Scriptural Introduction,  Servant Publications, 2000

Charismatic Spirituality: The Work of the Holy Spirit in Scripture and Practice, 2004

Words of Tribute

> A Great Man of God, by Jean Barbara
> A Vision for Christian Community, a brief overview of Steve's life by Michael Shaughnessy
> A Founder and Spiritual Father, by Carlos Vargas
> Ecumenical Contribution, by Paul Dinolfo
> Steve's Generous Investment, by Andy Kebe
> Books by Steve Clark
> Articles by Steve Clark in Living Bulwark 

Quotes from Book Reviews 

Man and Woman in Christ: An Examination 
of the Roles of Men and Women in Light of Scripture and the Social Sciences, 1980

This book is both an intellectual tour de force and a practical handbook for Chritian survival in the twilight years of the twentieth century. Faithful Christians will ignore it at their own peril. Those who would synthesize Christianity with women's lib will ignore it at the risk of losing their intellectual integrity. 

Dale Vree
Editor, New Oxford Review

There can be no doubt about the vast learning of the author in almost every area of human knowledge. He seems to move freely and easily in several fields at the same time... As for the scriptural aspect of the book, it is only fair to say that the author displays professional competence at every point. As in all other sections of his work, here too his information is vast, solid, and accurate. His exegetical method is correct and is used properly.

Manuel Miguens, O.F.M.
Professor fo Sacred Scripture
S. John's Univrsity, New York

Redeemer: Understanding the Meaning of the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Servant Publications, 1992

Stephen Clark's rich and fascinating exposition of the most magnificent of all biblical themes is an outstanding achievement. Deep learning, deep orthodoxy, and deep insight mark this book throughout. It is both a devotional and an ecumenical milestone.

J.I. Packer
Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia
Author, Knowing God

Back when I was in graduate school at Wheaton College, I asked a well-known pastor for his definition of great Christian teaching and preaching. 'Two things,' he said, 'stay with the major themes of Scriptgure and talk about Jesus.' Stephen Clark in Redeemer has down both of these things marvelously well.

Peter Gillquist
Department of Missions and Evangelism
Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese

The quality which makes this book unique comes from a blend of compassionate common sense with strong faith. Stephen Clark is able to perceive what we often pass by in the Old or New Testament, and then he gives that ancient message vibrancy for today.

Carroll Stuhlmueller, C.P.
Professor of Old Testament Studies
Catholic Theological Union

Catholics and the Eucharist: A Scriptural Introduction, 2000

Clark’s approach to the subject, as indicated in the book’s subtitle, is entirely scriptural. While any number of theologians have spoken of the “liturgy of the Sacrament” in the context of the “liturgy of the Word,” this author goes much further into detail, carefully examining many biblical themes that lie at the heart of eucharistic theology, such as revelation, covenant, sacrifice, presence, resurrection, and worship. One may describe this work as a sort of “spelling out” of the implications of that Gospel scene of the two disciples walking with the Risen Jesus along the road to Emmaus. Countless passages of Holy Scripture are here interpreted through the light of the Christian Mystery, all of them coming to perfection when the Lord is known in the breaking of the Bread. For the richness and complexity of this treatment, nonetheless, Clark’s book is a masterpiece of pedagogical simplicity. I can easily recommend it to high-school students.

The significance of Clark’s achievement is perhaps more obvious if one contrasts his approach with the treatment of the Bible and the Eucharist in Roman Catholic theology that was standard for centuries, not only in the pre-Vatican II theological manuals used in seminaries, but even in such monumental works as St. Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologica. In all these examples of systematic theology, Holy Scripture was treated near the beginning, under the heading “Revelation,” whereas the Eucharist usually appeared only toward the end, in a section called “Sacraments.” Thus, although the Bible and the Eucharist were sometimes juxtaposed in ascetical works, such as Book IV of The Imitation of Christ, they were rarely studied together in courses of systematic theology. One may hope that Clark’s book, which bridges this unfortunate divide, thereby points to an interpretive path that other writers will feel disposed to follow.

With respect to style, Clark’s treatment of these biblical themes is supremely meditative, a feature that renders the book useful for lectio divina. He has obviously spent many prayerful hours being nourished by the pages of Holy Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, and his work provides living models for how it may be done. Indeed, each chapter ends with an explicit biblical meditation.

Patrick Henry Reardon
Senior Editor, Touchstone Magazine
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