God for Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Lent and Easter edited by Greg Pennoyer & Gregory Wolfe (Paraclete Press) $29.99
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In December of last year we did a review of the wonderful Advent book God With Us and it became our biggest selling item during Advent. We have raved each year about the very handsome, artful, mature volume, and said important about it was that it "emerged from the mature writing in the pages of our best literary journal, Image, a sophisticated, faith-based quarterly of literature and art and criticism; Pennoyer & Wolfe are extraordinary thinkers and writers themselves, and have put together what is without a doubt one of the most glorious books you could own. (Except, perhaps for the long-awaiting, luxurious sequel, God For Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Lent and Easter which Paraclete released this past Spring..."
Well, it is now Lent and we simply must remind you of this full color volume, the Lenten sequel to God With Us, called God For Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Lent and Easter with its glossy pages, breathtaking artwork, and very good writers offering what may be the nicest book for Lent and Easter of which we know.
The introduction to this slightly oversized book is by the respected Catholic writer about spiritual formation, Rev. Ronald Rolheiser (author of the exceptionally good Holy Longing and more recent Sacred Fire.) One could hardly ask for a better preamble to this season, and I suspect it will be read and re-read often through weeks ahead. I actually enjoyed quite a bit the next essay by Beth Bevis ("The Feasts and Fasts of Lent") which is very helpful for those less familiar with the historic spiritual rhymes of this time of the church year.
Each of the following weeks offers short daily meditations by one author (accompanied by excellent artwork, classic and contemporary, which enhances the readings and prayers in intangible, exceptional ways.) The first week's worth of meditations and prayers are by the popular activist Richard Rohr. The great writer (and now Episcopal priest) Lauren Lauren Winner offers the next week's reflections, followed by a week's worth of meditations by the Orthodox poet Scott Cairns. Next we read the work of the Dordt College prof, novelist and short story author James Schaap. The entries for the fifth Week of Lent are by the beloved poet Luci Shaw. The remarkable Holy Week reflections are by none other than Kathleen Norris, author of so many moving memoirs about her own faith journey, including her time as a Protestant living among cloister nuns.
An additional feature, besides extra touches like the deep purple end pages and ribbon marker, includes very nice short pieces on the history of various customs and Feast Days within the time of Lent. Beth Bevis offers more than a dozen of these extra one page ruminations that are delightful and inspiring, perhaps especially for those of us not accustomed to thinking much about Shrove Tuesday, the Annunciation, Maundy Thursday or Holy Saturday.
Like the Advent one, God With Us brings to us some of the finest writers of our time, ecumenical, clear, artful. We are very grateful for Image and Paraclete Press for this fine release.
Here is an interview with James Schaap writing about the season of Lent, the title and message of the God for Us book. Here you can read an interview about it with poet and spiritual writer Scot Cairns. And don't miss this interview with Luci Shaw about her role in God for Us as well.
As I noted in our announcement of the book's release last year in BookNotes, "they insist that Lent is not "a time of vaguely spiritualized gloominess" and who better to help us realize the "bright sadness" of Lent than good poets and deep thinkers and those gifted with artful skills of offering rich and evocative meditations on the Bible?
What an absolutely great gathering of perspectives, from an a Orthodox poet to a Presbyterian contemplative, Catholic mystics, an Episcopalian priest and writer, a Dutch Reformed short story writer and a scholar of Victorian literature. And dear, beloved Luci Shaw -- oh how her work thrills us! There is art and iconography aplenty, useful for lectio vizio, and delight.
On the back cover it says "Lent and Easter reveal the God who is for us in all of life - for our liberation, for our healing, for our wholeness. Lent and Easter reminds us that even in death there can be found resurrection.
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