An excerpt from one of this week’s most anticipated books…
As our churches struggle to enter compassionately into the mental illness of our members and our neighbors, this recent book is helpful resource:
Since the Christmas holiday, I have been enjoying Alexander Schmemann’s classic book For the Life of the World.
I also recently discovered that a pamphlet that he wrote on Lent is available in the Public Domain.
The following piece is adapted from that pamphlet.
(Alt.Kindle, epub and versions for other e-readers
are available at Project Gutenberg…)
(Unfortunately, these editions are sans illustrations)
Frontispiece to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
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Ebook: Englewood Review of Books, 2014.
Buy now: [ Kindle ]
“In A Space for Peace in the Holy Land, Alex challenges Christians to bear witness to the space that God has opened in the world by the empty tomb of Jesus Christ, to pray and to work for the reconciliation of Palestinians and Jews in the Middle East, and to support those persons, institutions, and policies that will make for peace in this most contested place in the world. The vision that he presents does not allow us to succumb to frustration or ideological posturing, but challenges us to serve the work of reconciliation that God has entrusted to us through Jesus Christ.”
-Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker, United Methodist Church
“A Space for Peace in the Holy Land is a particularly helpful resource that sheds light on the conflict between Israel and Palestine. This little book is essential reading for any Christian who desires to understand and to be engaged in this conflict.”
– C. Christopher Smith, co-author SLOW CHURCH: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus
Read the book’s introduction below…
Small Victories: Spotting Improbable moments of Grace
Hardback: Riverhead, 2014.
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“An essay collection that tackles tough subjects with sensitive and unblinking honesty…Lamott is refreshingly frank…[and] has the rare ability to weave bracing humor seamlessly with earnest, Christian faith.”
The friendship between Trappist monk Thomas Merton and Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, short-lived as it was (lasting only about two years until Merton’s death in 1968), was a robust example of interfaith conversation. In honor of Thich Nhat Hanh’s birthday tomorrow (Oct 11), we offer this brief essay by Merton.