Light Upon Light: A Literary Guide to Prayer for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany - eBook
Light Upon Light: A Literary Guide to Prayer for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany - eBook  -     By: Sarah Arthur
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This collection of daily and weekly readings goes through the liturgical seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. New voices such as Amit Majmudar and Scott Cairns are paired with well-loved classics by Dickens, Andersen, and Eliot. With their assistance, you will experience the Christmas liturgical season in its raw strangeness, stripped of sentiment, turning your heart, eyes, and mind toward Emmanuel.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781612616070
ISBN-13: 9781612616070

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This collection of daily and weekly readings goes through the liturgical seasons of winter — including Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. New voices such as Amit Majmudar and Scott Cairns are paired with well-loved classics by Dickens, Andersen, and Eliot. “For years I have been seeking a book which weaves scripture, prayer and the finest poetry and fiction into the devotional experience of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. Finally I have found it: an elegant and accessible gem with some classic texts and a rich selection from contemporary literature. This is not only a useful book, it is edifying and exciting reading—the perfect way for the literature lover to focus, meditate and celebrate this time of year.” — Jill Peláez Baumgaertner, poet; Professor of English and Dean of Humanities and Theological Studies, Wheaton College “Maybe it’s not right to think of feasting during the somewhat penitential season of Advent, but that is what this book is: a sumptuous feast.” –Lauren F. Winner "In our individual darknesses we long for more light. Sarah Arthur understands this, and, as if pulling together scores of candles with burning wicks, she illuminates our whole year with the gift of flaming words. A treasure of enlightenment." -Luci Shaw, author of Breath for the Bones and Adventure of Ascent "A beautifully navigated journey through a treasury of literary wisdom - a book to cherish." -Jeremy Begbie, professor of theology and director of Duke University Initiatives in Theology and the Arts Sarah Arthur is a fun-loving speaker and author of nine books, including The One Year Coffee With God and At the Still Point. A graduate of Wheaton College and Duke Divinity, she lives in Michigan with her pastor-husband Tom and their two small sons. www.saraharthur.com

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Sarah Arthur is a graduate of Wheaton College and Duke Divinity School. She is the author of several popular books including Walking with Frodo, Walking with Bilbo, and Dating Mr. Darcy. She is married, a proud new mother of a baby boy, a consultant for the C. S. Lewis Festival Board, and lives in Michigan.

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  1. Garner Mom
    Coastal Virginia
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    Light Upon Light
    January 10, 2015
    Garner Mom
    Coastal Virginia
    Quality: 5
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    A rich and satisfying collection of poems, prayers and short passages from literature gathered thematically with focus Scripture suggestions in weekly readings. The readings induce joy and worship as well as self examination and confession. I especially appreciate Arthur for providing what I can only describe as a survey course in Christian poetry with names familiar to me like Donne, Herbert, Chesterton, Rossetti, Milton and Shaw, and new voices like Nye, Kamienska and Cairns . There are excerpts from literature as well which has caused me to hunt down some classics and read them afresh. I highly recommend this book, as well as the Ordinary Time guide entitled At The Still Point.
  2. Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
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    Slow Christmas
    December 15, 2014
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    The problem with reviewing a book like Light Upon Light is that Sarah Arthur has done such a fine job explaining her purpose in the introduction that anything I say feels superfluous. As a guide to prayer during the season of Advent, she has compiled a rich assortment of poetry and prose from long ago and far away as well as from down the road and practically yesterday.

    Finding the works for this collection, discovering some of these authors and poets, has been like lighting one candle after another. Flame upon flame, light upon light, until the hallowed sanctuary of our quiet devotion becomes something of a shrine.

    And thats exactly how it feels to read it and savor it, day by day, through the dark of December.

    The readings are arranged into eighteen sections for four weeks of Advent, one for Christmas Eve, one for Christmas Day, two for the following Sundays, one for Epiphany and nine for the following weeks of Epiphany. Flexibility is the name of the game, so this is not another holiday straight-jacket, but, instead, a warm, comforting sweater. Each reading has a suggested prayer, a psalm and suggested Scriptures, an assortment of readings to add flame upon flame, and then a suggested closing prayer. The index of contributors is a valuable resource for further reading of favorite authors, or for answering the burning question, Who wrote these gorgeous words?

    Partake of Light Upon Light like a delectable Christmas treat. Let the words waft over you like the aroma of Christmas tea and hot cider. Slow down your Christmas and find the Holy that has been right there all along.
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