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Spiritual Nourishment
A Feature Review of


Alan Jacobs

Hardback:  Princeton University Press, 2013.
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Reviewed by Bob Cornwall.
I was born, baptized, and confirmed in the Episcopal Church (though today I am a Disciples of Christ minister).  When I was confirmed at the age of twelve at St. Paul’s in Klamath Falls, I received my own copy of the Book of Common Prayer (1928), which I still have with me.  This Prayer Book would be supplanted in 1979, but by then I had departed for other parts of the body of Christ.  Although it has been many years since I was last a member of the Episcopal Church, my own spiritual life has been indelibly influenced by the liturgy I grew up with, a liturgy that was bound up in this venerable book.  I should note, however, that even prior to my departure, St. Paul’s was making use of alternative Eucharistic liturgies that were more in tune with the times.  That is, less beholden to traditional forms of language.
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2012 marks the 350th Anniversary of The Book of Common Prayer.


Penguin has released a new edition of this classic prayer book that features a new introduction by James Woods.


The Book of Common Prayer

350th Anniversary Edition.

Paperback: Penguin, 2012.
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Woods published an alternate draft of the introduction in The New Yorker this fall:


Suppose you find yourself, in the late afternoon, in one of the English cathedral towns—Durham, say, or York, or Salisbury, or Wells, or Norwich—or in one of the great university cities, like Oxford or Cambridge. The shadows are thickening, and you are mysteriously drawn to the enormous, ancient stone structure at the center of the city. Continue Reading…


Katharine Jefferts Schori - Gathering at ...Reflecting on the Mission of the Church

A Review of

Gathering at God’s Table: The Meaning of Mission.

Katharine Jefferts Schori

Hardback: Skylight Paths, 2012.
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Reviewed by Amy Gentile.

Katharine Jefferts Schori’s Gathering at God’s Table: The Meaning of Mission in the Feast of Faith is a helpful introduction to the Anglican understanding of “mission” with a strong focus on being participants in the work of God’s Kingdom. Overall, the book has helpful stories and anecdotes and offers much room for reflection, though it has a few weaknesses in certain sections.
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