Redefining Perfect: The Interplay Between Theology & Disability

Reviewed by: Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long time book discussion leader



Title: Redefining perfect: The interplay between theology & disability

Author: Amy E. Jacober

Publisher: Cascade Books

Publication Date: 2017

Format: Paperback

Length: 225 pages


The author ends the book by redefining perfect. She writes that in the old version, “Perfect is the best version of everything that makes me comfortable.” But in the new definition of perfect, “It is about making room at the table and doing the slow and beautiful work of getting to see glimpses of God in those He created.”  (p. 103)

These words of ending epitomize what this book is all about. It is not necessarily easy to read for the content or the writing, but it has a clear, important message for Christians. The tone is academic and the book is not easy going but well worth the read.


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Suggested Audience

Those interested in the Church and inclusion of those with disabilities of all types.

Christian Impact

Redefining Perfect will impact thoughtful Christians who are concerned about this issue.

Other Notes

Includes several discussion or thought provoking questions at the end of each chapter as well as a a bibliography and Scripture index at the conclusion of the book.


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Redefining Perfect

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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