Common Grace: Life and Faith in Classic Literature   -     By: Mary Batchelor
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What makes a book good? According to Mary Batchelor, good fiction 'rings true'. It encourages us to exercise our moral judgment, leads to greater understanding of ourselves and others, broadens our compassion, and expands our knowledge of life and of human strength and frailty.
This book takes readers on a rich and stimulating journey through some of the world's finest literature, where the struggles and joys of life and faith are illustrated in timeless words and images. From Dante, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens to Graham Greene, C.S. Lewis, and Maya Angelou, this comprehensive anthology brings together some of the best literary writing from the Bible onwards. Ranging from imaginative excerpts both powerful and profound to delightful selections of humor and satire, it offers a literary feast for browsing, discovery, and growth.
The collection is divided into five topical sections reflecting the desires, sufferings, and searchings of human existence: the world we live in, being human, knowing God, good and evil, and the cycle of life.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
Dimensions: 9.75 X 6.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1565636031
ISBN-13: 9781565636033
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Publisher's Description

A captivating collection for preachers, teachers, writers, and anybody who appreciates the power of great literature to open minds and move hearts.

What makes a book good? According to Mary Batchelor, good fiction 'rings true'. It encourages us to exercise our moral judgment, leads to greater understanding of ourselves and others, broadens our compassion, and expands our knowledge of life and of human strength and frailty.

Common Grace takes readers on a rich and stimulating journey through some of the world's finest literature—where the struggles and joys of life and faith are illustrated in timeless words and images. From Dante, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens to Graham Greene, C.S. Lewis, and Maya Angelou, this comprehensive anthology brings together some of the best literary writing from the Bible onwards. Ranging from imaginative excerpts both powerful and profound to delightful selections of humor and satire, it offers a literary feast for browsing, discovery, and growth.

The collection is divided into five topical sections reflecting the desires, sufferings, and searchings of human existence:

The World We Live In
• Home
• Countryside and Animals
• Food
• The Church and its People

Being Human
• Happiness, Laughter, and Recreation
• Giving and Self-Giving
• Suffering
• Grief and Loss
• Human Love

Knowing God
• The Cross and the Resurrection
• Repentance, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation
• Prayer and the Presence of God
• Divine Love
• Last Things

Good and Evil
• Angels and Devils
• Goodness and Strivings for Goodness
• Reaching out to Others
• Foibles and Vices
• Truth and Pretence
• War and Peace

The Cycle of Life
• Birth, Childhood, and Youth
• Age
• Death and Dying

Good and Evil
• Angels and Devils
• Goodness and Strivings for Goodness
• Reaching out to Others
• Foibles and Vices
• Truth and Pretence
• War and Peace

The Cycle of Life
• Birth, Childhood, and Youth
• Age
• Death and Dying

Author Bio

Mary Batchelor studied English at London University and taught English and Religious Studies for a number of years.

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    Excellent subject matter for the discerning reader.
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    I enjoyed this book simply because of all the variety of authors and their books that they wrote,if you like a little inspiration with only a little depth ,then this is for you
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    Common Grace is one of the most exciting bargains I've received in the many years I've been a member! I so enjoyed this book I ordered three to give as gifts, and will probably order more...I haven't read the classics often, and only a fraction of them; this book has vastly renewed my interest. What a wonderful way to know which titles and authors I want to start with. And the brief bio's are an added treat...I did not realize how many were/are christians! Being elderly myself, I am looking forward to sharing this book with younger folks.
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