‘The Church of Christ’ is a very short booklet by Japanese author Ayako Miura. It was originally published Fall 1972 issue of The Japan Christian Quarterly and has since become a noteworthy writing to Japanese Christians.
According to the synopsis on Goodreads:
“This is a precious chapter from the book Michi ariki (A way was found) where Ayako Miura describes life in the church, questions people may have when they are thinking of visiting a church, and some of her experiences in this area. This hidden gem will help you to think differently about common issues that we run into in the Christian church.”
Miura was not just a novelist, she clearly did her research into the Bible and shared those works with her fellow Christians. This book beautifully describes her opinions on how a believer should approach church, reading the Gospels, and how how to pray. It contains one of my favorite lines.
“And yet faith is not an academic discipline,” Miura writes. “It does not involve a complicated logic or require one to memorize a lot of mathematical formulas. The most important thing is for you to open your heart with a willing spirit to God.”
It is so elegantly put, like many of her other writings. I do wish more of her writings would get translated to English as dedication to Christ is an inspiration for us all.
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