Stations of the Light and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Stations of the Light: Renewing the Ancient Christian Practice of the Via Lucis as a Spiritual Tool for Today Paperback – February 22, 2005


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$17.25 $4.85
Best%20Books%20of%202014
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Image (February 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385511655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385511650
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,819,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Although the fourteen Stations of the Cross have become a well-known devotional practice, with adherents using them to lovingly retrace Christ's suffering and crucifixion, Ford-Grabowsky makes a case for the equally important Stations of the Light, which celebrate Christ's post-resurrection appearances and miracles. "Why," she asks, "did Western Christianity allow the cross to become the dominant symbol while the empty tomb signifying the resurrection lay in the background like an unexplored treasure chest?" Although she says that many of these 14 devotions have been known since the first century, she is among the first to gather them together into a single devotional practice known as "Via Lucis" (the way of light). Beginning with the dawn of Easter Sunday, the symbolic stations commemorate the empty tomb, Jesus' appearances to Mary Magdalene and the disciples, his interactions with Thomas and Peter, his commissioning of the 12, and his ascension into heaven, among other events. The practice concludes with the gift of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. Liturgical Christians will appreciate Ford-Grabowsky's attention to scriptural detail, recognition of the importance of Mary and other women in the post-resurrection stories, and determination to find joy in spiritual practice. Chapter four offers specific spiritual exercises and prayers for the various stations, plus suggested schedules for doing the stations as a three-day retreat or a two-week devotional practice.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

About the Author

MARY FORD-GRABOWSKY, a writer, editor, teacher, and scholar of mysticism, holds a doctorate in theology and spirituality and a master’s of divinity, both from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has published numerous inspirational and academic articles and book reviews, and edited four highly praised books: Prayers for All People, Sacred Poems and Prayers of Love, Sacred Voices, and WomanPrayers.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
5 star
6
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
1
See all 7 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Edmister on August 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book came with me on a recent personal retreat. It uses the major events surrounding Easter, and the season immediately following the Resurrection, as the focal points for contemplation at each station. I didn't know when I packed the book that it would become a major inspiration for my time apart from the daily busyness of a Pastor's life. (God provides what we need, just when we need it most.) I had been through some extra struggles in the course of the past year, and had just been given some new challenges to face. A day apart to think and pray was desperately needed. "Stations of the Light" provided a way of looking at these challenges through the lens of God's enduring love and promise in Christ. I picked it up, thinking I might find some restful thoughts to comfort my soul, and I couldn't put it down! I found not rest, but courage for continuing the journey of faith. I was reminded that whatever new surprise life might bring, whether joyful or sorrowful, delightful or challenging, this too is of God. I entered the retreat with dozens of questions, and this book helped me focus my energy as I walked along the 14 stations of light. At the end, I knew with Julian of Norwich that "all shall be well, and all shall be well, all manner of thing shall be well." An experience of loss became for me a welcoming ground for spiritual understanding. I discovered opportunities to know myself better, to more fully live out my calling, and to better serve God and other people. I took the book back to my church and used it as the basis for a 24 hour prayer vigil for my congregation. We set up several of the stations around the outer perimeter of the sanctuary, with pictures downloaded from the web and quotes from the book as prayer-starters. It was very well-received by those who participated in the vigil. I highly recommend this book for those with contemplative souls!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By rev t on November 19, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book takes the direction of perspectiveness towrd the Stations of the Cross. The via luces, to me, if far more important than "what was done to Jesus. The ressurection from a more positive outlook.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Thomas K. Carter on May 5, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Stations of the Light seemed at first to offer the promise of a good framework for an additional devotion for this conservative Catholic, but alas, it was not to be. Page 14 holds a major stumbling block which calls into question the entire book, as the author offers a premise which is in direct contradiction to one of the core doctrines of the Catholic Church and the beliefs of Marian followers. In the section entitled "On Pilgrimage with Mary" Ford-Grabowsky asserts, "Mary married a woodworker named Joseph and gave birth to a number of sons and daughters, of whom Jesus was the first." This is baseless conjecture which has no support in any records of the period or in scripture. Rather than reading the entire book to discover what other speculative affronts to our faith might be in it, I found it a better use of time to discard it. I would recommend that anyone considering purchasing this book assess his or her personal level of catechesis, or basic knowledge of Christianity, to be sure that it's at a higher level than the author's. It's a nice idea that went awry, and it's a pity.
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda N on May 3, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Out of all of the Stations of the Resurrection/Light that I've read, this was the most informative and well written. I've recommended it to all the members of the Worship Team at my church.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?