Christian Ritualizing and the Baptismal Process
Liturgical Explorations toward a Realized Baptismal Ecclesiology
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"Critical analysis not only of major past theologians, but of former and present eras in ecclesial history, coupled with a wide-ranging draw on contemporary liturgical theologians, provide a splendid foundation for the third part of Susan Smith's book, which effectively and creatively sets forth the reciprocal connection between liturgy and life. Pastoral implementation is, after all, the aim of any and all liturgical renewal and she succeeds in this as well."
--William H. Petersen
Bexley Hall Seminary
"Christian Ritualizing and the Baptismal Process invites us to recover and renew our understandings of the baptized life. Emphasizing growth in Christ (our baptismal becoming), our lives in the world as response-gift, the relationship between the one and many in the Body of Christ, and the importance of planning and conducting pastoral ritualizations to mark life passages, Susan Marie Smith enthusiastically and convincingly summons all to a realized baptismal ecclesiology. Rich in storied examples and informed by patristics, ritual theories, and contemporary liturgical and sacramental theologies, this is a book of singular importance for teachers and pastors in this post-Christendom time."
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary