- Paperback: 174 pages
- Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub (April 30, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1610972864
- ISBN-13: 978-1610972864
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Year with George Herbert: A Guide to Fifty-Two of His Best Loved Poems Paperback – April 30, 2011
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One of my life time project when I meet an evangelical Christian (from India mostly) is to ask if he/she knows George Herbert. Almost all say no. Then I go on to introduce them to Herbert and his superb relationship with the God of the Bible. Very often, I tried to send them some links online but it DID NOT work. They were not getting him. This is the book that perfectly solves my problem. Thank God for Jim Scott Orrick.
It introduces Herbert with all the important poems (my favorite is Redemption, Love III, The Sacrifice, Prayer, etc...) without ever ever forgetting the ultimate focus of Herbert: God. This is a God-centered book focusing on God-centered poems by a God-intoxicated man (GH). The author Jim Scott Orrick must be appreciated for writing it in a devotional way. The professor's annotations are very helpful and sometimes I closed the book with the questions in the ponder section. One final point, Herbert has a way of changing his/our stance in the poem completely in one line or even a single word. You really appreciate that in this book (see: Redemption). It is just exhilarating when you go through that and it leaves a deep impression on you about Herbert and of course about God.
One of the haunting lines in this book is the ponder section on prayer. After a majestic description of Prayer by GH, Jim asks a one-liner: If this be so, why do you pray so little? Very convicting.
I request the Prof to think about a second edition with an update. Please add extra poems. Great work! Must buy.