These beautiful and moving reflections on the Transfiguration narratives reveal one of the most enigmatic episodes in the gospels as a rich and subtle guide to the life of faith.
'Rooted in Detachment will be an indispensable source for spiritual reading, prayer, study, patristic and liturgical theology, and preaching. Drawing from his own transfiguring life experiences, including a bout with luekemia, as well as such diverse sources as Eastern Christian iconography, Origen, Jerome, Augustine, Chrysostom, Grundtvig, Jeremy Taylor, modern biblical scholarship, and others, Kenneth Stevenson shares with us his own disciplined lectio divina into which we are invited so that we may might contemplate and live the event and process of the Transfiguration of Christ. If an Eastern Christian icon is more properly described as "written," then this book is more properly described as "painted," an iconographic text in which the biblical narrative shines through for the reader to enter and experience.' -- Maxwell E. Johnson, University of Notre Dame, USA 'Deeply learned and deeply experiential - and the combination is a winning one. We learn to read the story of the Transfiguration of Christ through the eyes of writers ancient and modern, and also from the perspective of Stevenson's encounter with leukaemia, which illuminates his reflections without taking them over. A worthy successor to Michael Ramsey's The Glory of God and the Transfiguration of Christ (1949).' -- John Barton, Oriel & Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, Oxford University 'At once clear and accessible, with wide learning, this is a book to enrich both prayer and scholarship .Whilst giving detailed attention to the biblical accounts, it is particularly strong on the way the transfiguration has been interpreted down the ages . All this is illuminated by the author's own experience of serious illness.' -- Richard Harries