1. Wild Hope: Stories for Lent from the Vanishing
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    Wild Hope: Stories for Lent from the Vanishing
    Gayle Boss
    Paraclete Press / 2020 / Trade Paperback
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wildly Hopeful
    January 21, 2020
    Ginny
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    Last year, a mutual dear friend and poet,Jack Ridl, e-mailed me andGayle L. Boss, the author of "All Creation Waits: The Advent Mystery of New Beginnings," telling us he believed we were destined to be friends. Gayle and I believed him and connected over tea in the warmth of a spring day at Outside Coffee Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    As we parted, she inscribed her book for me, "For Ginny...who knows each creature is a Word of God." That night, I read the Introduction and like the animals in the book, patiently waited for Advent to open it again.

    Each day of "All Creation Waits" includes a poetic meditation paired with an original woodcut by artist David Klein about a different wild animal and how they adapt when darkness and cold descend. It is stunningly beautifulin all ways.

    Throughout Advent, I posted the line from the day's meditation that best spoke to my heart and hopefully to the hearts of my FB friends and family, for each creature is indeed a Word of God and guides us in living into the Advent season with grace.

    Gayle has done it again with "Wild Hope: Stories from Lent from the Vanishing." Each of the 40 days includes a poetic meditation - paired again with an original woodcut by artist David Klein - outlining the "miracle and peril" of a different wild animal. In beautiful and poignant prose, Gayle simplifies her extensive compilation of research and fieldwork by scientists and conservationists the world over to leave the reader in a braided state of wonder, concern and hope for each of the highlighted magnificent creatures.

    The Monarch Butterfly flutters into the pages during Week Three: The Homeless. The facts in this entry alone were jaw-dropping - so much so - I insisted my husband allow me to read the chapter to him aloud. Since the introduction of Roundup, I learned, "90 percent of the bright pilgrims have vanished." Monarch butterflies were admittedly already a fascination of mine. After our black lab/beagle rescue, Kadie, died in July 2018, I began seeing them in the most unusual places - darkened crevices in our garage, on a restaurant ledge - indoors, even on my back as I emerged from swimming in the Dead Sea. Gayle's witness to them affirmed the spiritual quality of my own.

    To Jesus-followers who are passionate about Creation during these darkest of days when our beautiful Mother Earth's very being appears to be at stake, this book offers Wild Hope. "The promise of Lent is that something will be born of the ruin, something so astoundingly better than the present moment that we cannot imagine it." Thankfully, Gayle has.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
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    January 17, 2020
    Rick
    In 32 years as a parish priest All Creation Waits was far and away the most popular, thoughtful, and enjoyable book study I have ever had the pleasure to lead. Now we have Wild Hope for what will surely be an equally inspiring lenten study.

    Has there ever been a more urgent need for a writer like Gayle Boss who loves God's creatures, gives them voice by simply telling their stories, and draws us deeper into the mystery of Lent, all at the same time. Page after page of simple, engaging, and sometimes haunting prose, combined with striking illustrations by David Klein, yield a feast of insights and invitations, that are sure to enliven the discussions of folks journeying through this remarkable, one-of-a-kind, book together. (Well two-of-a-kind along with All Creation Waits.)

    Reading Wild Hope is an exhilarating adventure! It wakes me up and moves me to act for God's beautiful world. I am kin to all of these beautiful creatures.

    Saint Augustine of Hippo wrote, "Some people, in order to discover God, read books.

    But there is a great book: the very appearance of created things. Look above you! Look below you! Note it. Read it." -De Civit. Dei, Book XVI

    Note and read this book, in a group if you can. Gayle Boss and David Klein have given us a great gift and their book has my highest recommendation.

    Father Rick Lawler

    Parish Priest, retired
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