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Light Upon Light: A Literary Guide to Prayer for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany By Sarah Arthur,

  • Title: Light Upon Light: A Literary Guide to Prayer for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany
  • Author: Sarah Arthur
  • ISBN: 9781612614199
  • Page: 103
  • Format: Paperback
  • As Lauren Winner says Maybe it s not right to think of feasting during the somewhat penitential season of Advent, but that is what this book is a sumptuous feast In keeping with At the Still Point A Literary Guide to Prayer in Ordinary Time a thing of beauty and a literary treasure trove and devotional feast, two reviewers called it this collection contains da As Lauren Winner says Maybe it s not right to think of feasting during the somewhat penitential season of Advent, but that is what this book is a sumptuous feast In keeping with At the Still Point A Literary Guide to Prayer in Ordinary Time a thing of beauty and a literary treasure trove and devotional feast, two reviewers called it this collection contains daily and weekly inspirational readings to help the reader prayerfully experience God through the liturgical seasons of winter Well loved classics by Andersen, Dickens, and Eliot join contemporary works by Frederick Buechner and Gary Schmidt Poems by Donne, Herbert, and Rossetti are paired with newer voices Scott Cairns, Benjam n Alire S enz, Susanna Childress, and Amit Majmudar Readers are invited to experience Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany in its raw strangeness, stripped of sentiment, and to turn toward Emmanuel.
    Light Upon Light A Literary Guide to Prayer for Advent Christmas and Epiphany As Lauren Winner says Maybe it s not right to think of feasting during the somewhat penitential season of Advent but that is what this book is a sumptuous feast In keeping with At the Still Point A L

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    1. I haven t done than dip into this book but I already know enough to recommend it.One of my favorite inspirational books is At the Still Point my review here It is an unusual devotional for ordinary time with thematically arranged classic and contemporary fiction and poetry which pulls the reader deeper into prayer and worship.My one wish was that it would be popular enough that author Sarah Arthur would do similar devotionals for the other liturgical times of the year With Light Upon Light, my [...]

    2. This book is a nice balance of prayer from notable Christians such as John Donne, George MacDonald, and Christiana Rossetti Scripture suggestions that tie into the season and readings from the likes of G K Chesterton to Alfred, Lord Tennyson Beginning with Advent and taking you through to Epiphany, this compilation will bring deeper meaning to this season and help move you beyond all the trappings of this holiday season I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it

    3. Like At the Still Point, each chapter s theme threads its way through prayers, scripture selections, poetry, and selections from good books Contemporaries keep the selections unexpected, each time classics remind me this story is much larger than my today, my Advent, my Christmas This isn t a book of prepackaged emotions lectio divina isn t that you can t predict how the Spirit will use it, even the stories heard before But from St Francis to Dickens to Luci Shaw and John Irving, its scope is so [...]

    4. The beauty of the holidays is now forever enhanced by Light Upon Light A Literary Guide to Prayer for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany Sarah Arthur s book will be an annual part of my preparation for and journey through a season that often feels too full and yet somehow leaves me feeling emptied of the energy to focus on the true importance of the season This literary guide redirects me toward the sacred and holy aspects of the season in ways that I ve not been able to do on my own It contains ne [...]

    5. Christmas is such a magical time of the year and one of my favorite things about it is Advent We have had a long standing tradition in our family of lighting candles on an advent log every year This year Christmas is at our house so I get to share this tradition with my kids that I experienced growing up As a lover of all things written, I was excited to read Sarah Arthur s Light Upon Light a compilation of literature relating to advent, Christmas and Epiphany If you, like me, aren t familiar wi [...]

    6. This book guide was wonderful My husband and I read some every night before going to bed following the structure provided opening prayer, scripture, literary reading poem or prose excerpt , prayer and reflection, and closing prayer And of course sometimes we mixed them up a bit, or didn t do some parts But it was a wonderful thing to add to our day Split up over a week, each section doesn t take much time per sitting.

    7. Good I like the fact that it goes into Epiphany, and I like the format, although I do not use the suggested order of service I use the Book of Common Prayer format, and add these readings as supplements Seems like it would work well for a variety of people and be valuable as suggestion for a parish enough variety that everyone would find something that resonated for them.

    8. I received this book in a giveaway Well written and researched A truly inspirational guide for the season Highly recommend for next year and also will reread next year.

    9. The problem with reviewing a book like Light Upon Light is that Sarah Arthur has done such a fine job explaining her purpose in the introduction that anything I say feels superfluous As a guide to prayer during the season of Advent, she has compiled a rich assortment of poetry and prose from long ago and far away as well as from down the road and practically yesterday Finding the works for this collection, discovering some of these authors and poets, has been like lighting one candle after anoth [...]

    10. I read a review of this book in the Englewood Review of Books Being a Christmas devotional junkie, I ripped out the review and carried it around in my calendar Thankfully, I found the review in late fall and actually ordered the book What a literary and spiritual delight for the holidays Each week has a theme with 4 passages of scripture to read, various poems, and a portion of a work of fiction Not being much of a poetry reader, I particularly was struck by the poignancy of the contemporary poe [...]

    11. Light Upon Light by Sarah Arthur is a wonderful companion to the Advent, Christmas, Epiphany seasons, because of how it weaves classic Protestant prayers, Bible readings, old and contemporary poems and classic snippets of literature to complement these seasons of the year and the Christian s journey through them.Arthur, who lives and works in Michigan, uses literature here to expand upon, and magnify and ponder anew the Biblical narrative of the incarnation, and how it daily effects the individu [...]

    12. Finally An advent book for adult who love literature Arthur does a wonderful job weaving Scripture, poetry, classic Advent readings, and far from ordinary advent readings into her lovely text This is the first Advent book I ve ever finished Which I m sure says about me than the many other wonderful Advent books out there

    13. I so appreciate the way these literary selections keep the wonder of Advent and Christmas alive all the way through Epiphany A marvelous compilation of poetry and excerpts to lead one into time of reflection and prayer I look forward to going through it again.

    14. Easily one of the best Advent devotionals out there, regardless of religious affiliation A great last minute gift idea, the poetry and weekly meditations lead up to the last week of Epiphany I ll be recommending this one for years to come.

    15. I m obsessed with this literary devotional It introduced me to so much interesting poetry and gave a lot of depth to my Christmas season Excited to start the Lent one next

    16. Best read slowly, for those who prefer a thematic, do it yourself look at scripture, poetry and prose Gorgeous compilation by editor Sarah Arthur.

    17. This compilation of literary readings, Scripture, prayers and poetry is the perfect daily accompaniment for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.

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