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At the Still Point: A Literary Guide to Prayer in Ordinary Time Paperback – April 1, 2011
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About the Author
Sarah Arthur is a graduate of Wheaton College and Duke Divinity School. She is the author of several popular books including Walking with Frodo, Dating Mr. Darcy, and The God-Hungry Imagination. Sarah is married, the proud new mother of a baby boy, and a consultant for the C. S. Lewis Festival Board. She lives in Michigan.
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In her new book, a prayer book especially for summers and autumns, Sarah doesn't take us into a single literary work. Instead, she's inviting us into a whole library of her favorites. If you're familiar with more formal prayer books, such as the terrific works by Phyllis Tickle like The Divine Hours: Prayers for Summertime, then you know that these books are designed to flip open each day (or, in Phyllis' case more than once a day). The texts invite us to throw open the windows in our prayer life and reflect on texts that we quickly make our own.
While Phyllis' popular "hours" series reaches back to traditional forms of daily prayer, Sarah carries our spiritual connections outward to such popular voices as Jane Austin and Victor Hugo. Imagine reflecting on Les Miserables (Everyman's Library) in a moment of prayer?Read more ›
Designed for use in Ordinary Time, themes range from "Seeking God's Face" to "Quarrels with Heaven" to "Rending the Veil." Readings are taken from such diverse fiction sources as The Wind in the Willows and Mansfield Park, and from poets spanning the Italian Christina Rossetti to Enuma Okoro, a contemporary Nigerian-American.
I must admit I've had this book since the beginning of Ordinary Time and now we are approaching the end of it. I haven't written a review until now because, to tell the truth, I do not know how to do it justice. However, I will try.
The daily readings pull one into an almost inadvertent practice of Lectio Divina*. It makes me slow down, look outward for God and inward for my self, and brings me to a place I haven't been before.
I usually am not drawn to poetry and the daily immersion leaves me feeling as if I've stepped out of real time when I'm done reading it. It shakes me up mentally in the best possible way. It is transformative, even if I can't label the transformation ... which, now that I think of it, may actually speak to the authenticity of the "shaking up" that these meditations carry for me.
I do wish that the publisher had provided room for the daily scripture readings instead of simply putting the reference. I, for one, am too lazy (yes, I said it and it's true) to go look up the references. It may have taken a few more pages but would have made At the Still Point a complete devotional.Read more ›
I am also amazed by the huge collection of materials that dovetail so well into the theme of each week. Arthur brings together the different writers from different eras, selects their literary pieces, and let them speak for themselves. At the same time, she lets them converse with one another through the minds of the reader.Read more ›
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A little bit hard to understand just where the readings are for the calendar yearPublished 6 months ago by Presned
Beautifully crafted guide to prayer for the longest yet most overlooked season of the church year. A real treasure.Published 8 months ago by Max Grivno
She has collected wonderful readings from poetry, fiction, essays- a great range-- terrific daily reading for a lit lover like me-Published 15 months ago by Ruah Bull
This is another fine devotional book by Sarah Arthur. It has various reading from a wide variety of sources. It is well laid out and user friendly. Read morePublished 16 months ago by John Thornton
What is "ordinary time"? This little gem will explain that term, and as you follow the weeks of ordinary time this year (for ordinary time is about to begin), the author... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Denise Irvin
Sarah Arthur gets 5 stars just for putting a book like this together! I have a church coffe klatch meeting where we have read scripture and our own spiritual poetry... Read morePublished on November 8, 2013 by Linda Gillen
can be as deeply moving and enriching as meditating on scripture. These selections were chosen for their beautiful writing and their sense of awe and honest emotion.Published on June 24, 2013 by S. Brockmeier
This book is wonderful. I enjoy incorporating it into my devotional time. I highly recommend it for anyone that needs a bit of literary input to make their soul soar.Published on February 16, 2013 by Catherine P Quiring