Jacques Ellul. Desert, Wilderness, Wasteland, and Word: A new Essay by Jacques Ellul and Five Critical Engagements. Ed. Michael Morelli. Trans. Kelly Haskett. Pickwick Publications, April 2023. 140 pp. Paperback ISBN 9781666742534 Hardcover ISBN 9781666742541
Desert, Wilderness, Wasteland, and Word features an English translation of a recently discovered and until-now unpublished essay of Jacques Ellul’s that examines the significance of the desert from biblical, theological, and ethical perspectives. It also provides an introduction that contextualizes Ellul’s piece, and five incendiary essays that critically reflect on Ellul’s work. Altogether, this volume offers fresh and provocative insight into the writings of Jacques Ellul during a historical moment that appears to be on its way to, or already in, a desert, wilderness, and wasteland, with many people in it who are desperate for encounters with a new, revitalizing Word.