The Body, Grief, Precariousness and God
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Love's Mysteries reflects powerfully on our fundamental limitations as creatures of flesh and bone, and what our experiences of grief, loss and fragility tell us about God and his astonishing choice to inhabit human flesh.
Rachel Mann explores what happens when our bodies are under pressure, living under conditions of trauma, violence, pain or distress, suggesting that the precariousness of life might be where we most authentically encounter God.
Her argument combines theological reflection with stories of communal and personal loss, from large-scale events such as terrorist attacks and the coronavirus pandemic to personal accounts of accompanying a dying person.
Throughout, she explores how the universal experience of fragility and grief can help us understand our own lives and our relationships with God and with others.
'A stunning volume from one of the ascendant stars of Anglican theology. Rachel Mann opens our eyes and our hearts to the incarnate Christ who is one with us, both in our physicality and in that precariousness of human life which Covid19 has brought newly back into focus. Drawing on her own experiences of sickness and transformation, she applies her poet's grasp of words to offer her readers a spirituality at the same time challenging, compelling and ultimately comforting.' -- David Walker, Bishop of Manchester
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