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A lovely gift book full of color images and inspirational readings. Hardcover, with ribbon markers included. God for Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Lent and Easter explores the meaning of Lent, its importance in spiritual formation, its significance in the preparation of Easter, and the holy season of Easter itself. With reflections from leading spiritual writers in North America, histories of the liturgical calendar and the feast days of the holy season, and art that spans over 1500 years of artistic endeavor, God for Us provides a rich resource for renewing meaning in a season that is at best neglected or misunderstood.
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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Beth Bevis is program coordinator for Seattle Pacific Universitys MFA in Creative Writing, and the editor of Image journals e-newsletter, ImageUpdate.
Scott Cairns is a poet and his most recent collection is Slow Pilgrim from Paraclete Press. Cairns is Professor of English at the University of Missouri, and a Guggenheim Fellow.
Kathleen Norris is an award-winning poet and bestselling nonfiction author. Her books include Dakota: A Spiritual Geography and The Cloister Walk.
Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest, spiritual director and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque.
Ronald Rolheiser is a Roman Catholic priest, an award-winning author, and president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He lectures on religion, culture, and mysticism.
James Calvin Schaap taught literature and writing at Dordt College. He has published many short stories and novels, including Romeys Place and In the Silence There Are Ghosts.
Luci Shaw is a poet and the writer-in-residence at Regent College in Vancouver, B.C.
Lauren F. Winner is an Episcopal priest and author of Girl Meets God and Still: Notes on a Mid-faith Crisis. She lives in North Carolina.
Gregory Wolfe is Writer in Residence at Seattle Pacific University and the founder and editor of Image.
So - we may be looking forward to Christmas now - but Easter is coming! Wouldn't this book be a nice gift for those you care about?"
Have you ever celebrated the rhythms of the weeks before Easter? In some traditions of the Church, Christians are surprised by Easter when it appears on store shelves loaded with Easter bunnies and egg baskets. In many modern denominations, Easter is just one more long weekend that culminates in a special church service. There is no Lenten meditation for a thoughtful pause in the calendar.
This year, I challenge you to find a good Lenten reader. A new one this year is God For Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Lent and Easter. (Look for it in your local bookstore or online.)
For those who experience Easter as "Just-Another-Long-Weekend," this is a godsend. The book is divided into categories: the feasts and fasts, the beginnings and weeks, and Holy Week and Easter. Each unit includes a bit of liturgical or church history as well as scriptures, thoughtful reflection and study, and prayer. The daily readings may make your heart sing.
The scripture groupings for daily meditation and the explanations from new points-of-view will encourage and enlighten. Rosa Smith, 3 Books Full