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The Best of Jonathan's Corner Paperback – July 11, 2012
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About the Author
Christos Jonathan Seth Hayward wears many hats as a person: author, philosopher, theologian, artist, poet, wayfarer, philologist, inventor, web guru, teacher. Some have asked, "If a far lesser C.S. Lewis were Orthodox, what would he be like?" And the answer may well be, "C.J.S. Hayward." Hayward has lived in the U.S., Malaysia, England, and France, and holds master's degrees bridging math and computers (UIUC), and philosophy and theology (Cambridge), as well as an advanced certificate from the Sorbonne.
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When I read C. S. Lewis, A. W. Tozer, or G. K. Chesterton, there is a deep ache for both the times and the men that made honor, wisdom, and clarity a thing of such beauty and strength. We wonder what they would say of our time, and why, with so many more people and better communication, we don't see more of them.
Jonathan Hayward is such a person of wisdom and depth. I do not say this lightly or flatteringly. He and I don't agree on everything, but when we contrast, it will never be his side of the issue that is lacking in depth, beauty, or elegance. He's Orthodox, yes (I'm not). But I suspect all sides will claim him as they do Lewis and Chesterton.
Before you assume you need a Masters in Theology to follow his work, I suggest actually reading it. If you loose a point, it may be because he occasionally uses examples from his mathematical or programming background. You won't feel talked down to, but your intelligence will be respected. He's a bit like a game you can explain to a child clearly but may have difficulty getting through to a professor, because professors may be too busy tripping over their convoluted filters to see the point.
His work also has practical and emotional depth. I paraphrased the chapter "God the Game Changer" over the phone to a dear friend, and we were able to work out questions concerning suffering in her past that had her spiritual development severely hamstrung for years. Yeah. I spend years dealing with her mess and he fixes it in 20 minutes and he's not even there. Read the story to appreciate the world-class irony of that.
Jonathan's work is a clear lake of wisdom in a land very thirsty for dew, let alone rain. Dive in. Yes, text-to-speech is enabled, fellow meerkats of the cubicle velt. Give your brain and soul something amazing today. You know full well you need some refreshment and encouragement. And we all could use a little wisdom.
Let me start by saying that Mr. Hayward is an intelligent human being who researches his writing material, and does so thoroughly. He knows what he’s talking about. The book consists of several essays, all differing in length. It’s easy to just read one, put the book away, and pick it up at a later time, like I did – not because I needed a break from the reading material, but because I wanted some time to think about what I’d just read. He also offers some commentaries, referring to other theologists, authors and lecturers.
Overall, I enjoyed the book, particularly because of the author’s down to earth approach. While he makes some excellent points, he does so in a way that’s easily understandable, even with minimal prior knowledge. Some poems are included as well, and they can serve as prayers too, so the book covers a lot of ground.
I found the essays the most interesting, one about religion vs. science one of my particular favorites. “The Angelic Letters” was interesting too, as was ‘God the Spiritual Father’. This is certainly a ‘the best of’ collection, as all articles had a solid level of quality. I look forward to reading more books by this author, and exploring more topics. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Spiritual topics are explored throughout the book to pique interest in the reader and to engage the reader on subjects that should be brought to the forefront in one's faith. The author, as mentioned above, delicately and attentively writes about these sometimes touchy subjects in such a manner, that he it makes it comfortable for the reader to retain the information that they've read. Due to it being written that way, it allows the reader every angle of the topic and not just one, allowing them to be able to discern and form their own answer, especially when religion and science is discussed in the pages. This author has gathered bundles of knowledge, piecing it together to quench our thirst for answers or simply for something more. It is only fair for us to take this gift that is given and to not only deepen our faith, but to strengthen our ties to God.