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God For Us

Rediscovering the Meaning of Lent and Easter (Reader's Edition)

God For Us

Rediscovering the Meaning of Lent and Easter (Reader's Edition)

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Publisher: Paraclete Press
ISBN: 9781612617688
Number of Pages: 192
Published: 01/12/2015
Width: 14 cm
Height: 21.6 cm

Examine the meaning of Lent and its significance in spiritual formation and the preparation for Easter, and walk through the holy season of Easter. Leading North American spiritual writers reflect on what one theologian has called the “bright sadness” of Lent: that it is not about feeling of broken and lost, but about cleansing the palate so we can taste life to a greater extent. In the Lent and Easter seasons, we encounter the God who, in all of life, is for us—for our liberation, for our healing, for our wholeness. Even in death we can find resurrection.

Greg Pennoyer, Gregory Wolfe

Greg Pennoyer is president of The Humanitas Group, which manages creative endeavors designed to enrich our understanding of what it means to be human. Beth Bevis is program coordinator for Seattle Pacific University's MFA in Creative Writing, and the editor of Image journal's e-newsletter, ImageUpdate. Scott Cairns is a poet and his most recent collection is Slow Pilgrim from Paraclete Press. Cairns is Professor of English at the University of Missouri, and a Guggenheim Fellow. Kathleen Norris is an award-winning poet and bestselling nonfiction author. Her books include Dakota: A Spiritual Geography and The Cloister Walk. Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest, spiritual director and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque. Ronald Rolheiser is a Roman Catholic priest, an award-winning author, and president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He lectures on religion, culture, and mysticism. James Calvin Schaap taught literature and writing at Dordt College. He has published many short stories and novels, including Romey's Place and In the Silence There Are Ghosts. Luci Shaw is a poet and the writer-in-residence at Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. Lauren F. Winner is an Episcopal priest and author of Girl Meets God and Still: Notes on a Mid-faith Crisis. She lives in North Carolina. Gregory Wolfe founded Image journal, and is now the editor of Slant Books.

'This book is a devotional and insightful description of the days of Lent. The editors have stitched together a collection of devotions from some of the best spiritual writers of our era. Readers can use this devotional as a guide through Lent. Together with the historical background provided by Beth Bevis, we will get a better sense of why Lent us such an important part of the Christian calendar. We do not simply fast for fasting sake. Neither do we deprive ourselves of certain luxuries just to transport ourselves back to the wilderness experience of the saints of old. We do so with an eye on the cross. We maintain our anchor on Christ even as we think about how life and the remembrance of each day of Lent fits together. At the end of it, all the authors have encouraged us to hang on to hope even as we are enduring the tough days of life. The significance of the Resurrection is made more complete in us as we go through the journey. This book is a good companion to take along as we embark upon this spiritual expedition.' —Conrade Yap

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