The Scandal of Holiness: Renewing Your Imagination in the Company of Literary Saints
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The Scandal of Holiness: Renewing Your Imagination in the Company of Literary Saints  -     By: Jessica Hooten Wilson

The Scandal of Holiness: Renewing Your Imagination in the Company of Literary Saints

Brazos Press / 2022 / Hardcover

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How do we become better people? Here the author "probes the intersection of literature and Christian living in her elegant and erudite devotional. Wilson analyzes a variety of novelists---including Willa Cather, C.S. Lewis, and Walter Wangerin Jr.---to show how meditating on their works can assist Christians in their religious lives,"---Publishers Weekly. 240 pages, hardcover. Brazos.

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Title: The Scandal of Holiness: Renewing Your Imagination in the Company of Literary Saints
By: Jessica Hooten Wilson
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Brazos Press
Publication Date: 2022
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound
ISBN: 1587435241
ISBN-13: 9781587435249
Stock No: WW435242

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How do we become better people? Initiatives such as New Year's resolutions, vision boards, thirty-day plans, and self-help books often fail to compel us to live differently. We settle for small goals--frugal spending, less yelling at the kids, more time at the gym--but we are called to something far greater. We are created to be holy.

Award-winning author Jessica Hooten Wilson explains that learning to hear the call of holiness requires cultivating a new imagination--one rooted in the act of reading. Learning to read with eyes attuned to the saints who populate great works of literature moves us toward holiness, where God opens up a way of living that extends far beyond what we can conjure for ourselves. Literature has the power to show us what a holy life looks like, and these depictions often scandalize even as they shape our imagination. As such, careful reading becomes a sort of countercultural spiritual discipline.

The book includes devotionals, prayers, wisdom from the saints, and more to help individuals and groups cultivate a saintly imagination. Foreword by Lauren F. Winner.

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Jessica Hooten Wilson (PhD, Baylor University) is the Louise Cowan Scholar in Residence at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas. She has written for The Gospel Coalition, National Review, the Christian Century, Comment magazine, and Englewood Review of Books and is the author of several books, including the Christianity Today Book Award Winner Giving the Devil His Due: Demonic Authority in the Fiction of Flannery O'Connor and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Wilson speaks regularly around the country and has connections with a broad array of reading communities and classical education forums.

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