Feasts, Funerals, and Weddings: The Spiritual Wisdom of the Gospels for Christian Preachers and Teachers  -     By: John Shea
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Feasts, Funerals, and Weddings: The Spiritual Wisdom of the Gospels for Christian Preachers and Teachers

Liturgical Press / 2010 / Paperback

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"Unlike most lectionary commentaries, this is not an exegesis of the biblical passages as such, but each gospel text becomes a focus for Shea's characteristically wise and engaging reflections on the connection of the gospel stories to our experience. Offers rich spiritual reading as well as leads for preaching and teaching,"---The Bible Today. 304 pages, softcover. Liturgical Press.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Liturgical Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0814629164
ISBN-13: 9780814629161
Availability: Expected to ship on or about 11/19/14.
Series: Spiritual Wisdom of the Gospels

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Publisher's Description

Wisdom, wit, and Sacred Writ are the outstanding interactive hallmarks of this fourth and final volume in The Spiritual Wisdom of the Gospels for Christian Preachers and Teachers series. In the same style and format as the first three volumes, Shea presents evocative reflections to enhance Scripture-based preaching and teaching for liturgical feast days, funerals, and weddings. Christian preachers and teachers and anyone interested in the spiritual life will find Feasts, Funerals, and Weddings an insightful and relevant resource.

John Shea, STD, is a theologian, author, and storyteller who lectures nationally and internationally on storytelling in world religions, faith-based healthcare, contemporary spirituality, and the spirit at work movement.

Author Biography

John (Jack) Shea is a theologian and storyteller who lectures nationally and internationally on storytelling in world religions, faith-based health care, contemporary spirituality, and the spirit at work movement. Formerly, he was a professor of systematic theology and the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, a research professor at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University of Chicago, and the Advocate Healthcare Senior Scholar in Residence at the Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith and Ethics. He has also taught at the University of Notre Dame and Boston College. He has published thirteen books of theology and spirituality and two books of poetry.

Endorsements

"This is the fourth and final volume of a series on the lectionary that is intended to provide food for thought and preaching. Shea is a nationally known spiritual guide whose writing is at once inspiring and provocative. In this volume he provides commentary on the readings for major festivals (e.g., Christmas, Lent Easter, Pentecost) and for weddings and funerals. His method is not a verse-by-verse commentary on the biblical passages (although he draws on sound biblical interpretation) but meditative essays prompted by the readings. Preachers will find a lot of great homily leads here and so, too, will any reader seeking some good spiritual nourishment." -The Bible Today

"This is an invaluable commentary. John Shea breaks open the word of God in extraordinary ways. It is rare that one of his reflections doesn't contain a stunning new insight. He draws upon the best studies in Scripture but also upon spiritual wisdom as it is found in literature, poetry, psychology, and other religious traditions. He makes all the deep connections and has worked for years in honing a language that is [so] direct, it stares you in the eye. Anyone preaching or teaching on the Gospels will be helped by this commentary. I have shamelessly borrowed insights from him and if I were down to just one commentary on the liturgical readings it would be this one."
-Ronald Rolheiser, OMI President, Oblate School of Theology San Antonio, Texas



"John Shea's gospel insights are the very best! In an all too busy world with so many homily helps and Bible-based catechetical tools from which to choose, I chose John Shea's material and wisdom. In his weekly section of Spiritual Commentary or his section on Teaching, on more than one occasion I have caught myself saying, 'why didn't I think of that!' His approach to the Gospels is brilliant. His teaching through the Gospel text makes common sense in a complicated world. " -Fr. John Cusick Director, Young Adult Ministry Archdiocese of Chicago

Editorial Reviews

This is the fourth and final volume of a series on the lectionary that is intended to provide food for thought and preaching. Shea is a nationally known spiritual guide whose writing is at once inspiring and provocative. In this volume he provides commentary on the readings for major festivals (e.g., Christmas, Lent Easter, Pentecost) and for weddings and funerals. His method is not a verse-by-verse commentary on the biblical passages (although he draws on sound biblical interpretation) but meditative essays prompted by the readings. Preachers will find a lot of great homily leads here and so, too, will any reader seeking some good spiritual nourishment.

The Bible Today

This is an invaluable commentary. John Shea breaks open the word of God in extraordinary ways. It is rare that one of his reflections doesn’t contain a stunning new insight. He draws upon the best studies in Scripture but also upon spiritual wisdom as it is found in literature, poetry, psychology, and other religious traditions. He makes all the deep connections and has worked for years in honing a language that is [so] direct, it stares you in the eye. Anyone preaching or teaching on the Gospels will be helped by this commentary. I have shamelessly borrowed insights from him and if I were down to just one commentary on the liturgical readings it would be this one.
Ronald Rolheiser, OMI
President, Oblate School of Theology
San Antonio, Texas

John Shea’s gospel insights are the very best! In an all too busy world with so many homily helps and Bible-based catechetical tools from which to choose, I chose John Shea’s material and wisdom. In his weekly section of Spiritual Commentary or his section on Teaching, on more than one occasion I have caught myself saying, ‘why didn’t I think of that!’ His approach to the Gospels is brilliant. His teaching through the Gospel text makes common sense in a complicated world.
Fr. John Cusick
Director, Young Adult Ministry
Archdiocese of Chicago

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