At the Still Point: A Literary Guide to Prayer in Ordinary Time
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The liturgical season of Ordinary Time runs for roughly twenty-nine weeks, from Pentecost Sunday (June 12, 2011) in the spring until the first Sunday of Advent in late fall. It's the longest season of the church year, with few significant events along the way, which gives it a kind of ordinariness that the other seasons lack. There are no narrative high points, no showy colors or costumes, not even a signature hymn or two. This book expands the genre of spiritual writing to include classic and contemporary fiction and poetry, aimed at inviting you to experience God through your imagination. In these pages there are worlds to be explored, characters to meet, images to gaze upon, phrases to savor. You will encounter passages from novelists from Austen and Tolstoy to Dostoevsky and Garrison Keillor and poets from George Herbert and St. John of the Cross to Scott Cairns and Kathleen Norris.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 200
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.38 (inches)
ISBN: 155725785X
ISBN-13: 9781557257857

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"What a delight to find so extraordinary a collection meant for use in ordinary time! Any book that includes passages from The Wind in the Willows and Moby Dick, as well as poems by George Herbert and Christina Rossetti, is all right with me. Especially because each of the works chosen is meant to awaken me to the movement of the spirit in daily life."

—Kathleen Norris, author of Dakota and Cloister Walk


With a title inspired by T. S. Eliot, this "literary" prayer book is for every Christian who has ever felt led to pray while reading a novel or a poem. These great writers know the things of God but speak in metaphor. They tell the truth, as Emily Dickinson put it, but they "tell it slant." In not stating out loud what they know, they have left much to our imaginations—which is a way of saying they have trusted the Holy Spirit. Let those who have ears, hear.


"Sarah Arthur's anthology of liturgically arranged devotional, literary readings is a creme-de-la-crème book. The passages lovingly collected and arranged are the best available. There is something here for every reader. This book is both a literary treasure store and a devotional feast."

Leland Ryken, professor of English, Wheaton College; author of Windows to the World: Literature in Christian Perspective and many other books

Author Bio

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

Editorial Reviews

As we look toward Lent and Easter, I am happy to recommend a new book by Sarah Arthur, At the Still Point. In this lovely book, the author has compiled selections from Holy Scripture, along with works from 20th century writers to give her reader something new each day. When you are taken unawares in your meditations by a line of poetry from Christina Rosetti or a scene set in a novel by John Irving, Arthur offers new language in various contexts to provoke and to nudge readers toward a quiet moment with God. As we look forward to Jesus rising from his ultimate sacrifice to let us follow him on the road home, we can find a poet, a novelist, an essayist, or a musician to light the path. Enjoy this generous new book in the spirit of love, joy, and thanksgiving. —Novice Mary Cathryne Vanek, St. Placid Priory

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