Archives For Grief

 

Joy, Even in Death

 
A Review of 
 

Joy in the Journey: Finding Abundance in the Shadow of Death
Steve and Sharol Hayner

Hardback: IVP Books, 2015
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Reviewed by Kevin Wildman
 
 
I have become convinced over the past few year that one of the biggest idols in the American culture is life. Often it seems that people are willing to go to extremes to get one more day with a loved one, often sacrificing quality of life for quantity of days. In their magnificent work, Joy in the Journey, Steve and Sharol Hayner help the reader to realize that life is not an idol. In fact Steve writes, “But life is about a lot more than physical health. It is measured by a lot more than medical tests and vital signs.” (62). As simple as it seems, this is a lesson that I think is desperately needed for today.

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Great video of Walter Brueggemann discussing his new book:

Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks.

Paperback:  Eerdmans, 2014
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This book is one of our New Book Releases to Watch for this week

Books by Walter Brueggemann

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Remembering Madeleine L’Engle, who died on this day in 2007…

This poem is found in:

The Ordering of Love: New and Collected Poems of Madeleine L’Engle

Hardback: Shaw, 2005.
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Beyond Narnia and Mere Christianity

A Guide to Seven Lesser Known Books by C.S. Lewis

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis.

Now would be a good time to revisit Lewis’s work; re-read the Chronicles of Narnia certainly, share them with your kids or grandkids, but also dig deeper into his work, you might be surprised by what you find.  We offer here a guide to seven of our favorite lesser-known books by C.S. Lewis.  We hope that you will find this guide helpful as you revisit his work over the coming months and years.

Also of interest for this C.S. Lewis anniversary year:

What other books would you include here? What are your favorite C.S. Lewis books?

 

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Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

If you haven’t read this already, I would definitely start here, with this autobiographical narrative of the first half (or so) of Lewis’s life. Surprised by Joy tells of the story of Lewis’s youth and the staunch atheism he developed, as well as his eventual conversion to Christianity.  This book tells the story of the experiences that would set the stage for the breadth and depth of his writing, and in that way this memoir is helpful in understanding the rest of Lewis’s work.  Borrowing its title from a Wordsworth poem, this book is arranged around the theme of joy and the role that it played in guiding Lewis to faith and guiding his work for the balance of his life. 

 

“As Imperceptibly as Grief”
Emily Dickinson

As imperceptibly as grief
The summer lapsed away,—
Too imperceptible, at last,
To seem like perfidy.

A quietness distilled,
As twilight long begun,
Or Nature, spending with herself
Sequestered afternoon.

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“A Visual, Playful and Engaging
Conversation”

A review of
Neruda’s Memoirs: Poems.
By Maureen Doallas.

Reviewed by Chris Enstad.

Nerudas Memoirs - Maureen DoallasNeruda’s Memoirs: Poems.
Maureen Doallas.
Paperback: TS Poetry Press, 2011.
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You can also read two poems from this collection elsewhere on our site:
What is Enough” and “Spring Thaw

Maureen Doallas is, according to her biography, “a features writer, editor, poet and owner of an art-licensing business called Transformational Threads.”  She wrote these poems as a way out of the grief of the loss of her brother to cancer.  To one who might find such grief overpowering, a pain that would lead us in exactly the opposite direction of picking up this book and reading the poetry and prose contained therein, I would ask you to pause for just a moment and reflect upon what I want to tell you about this marvelous little tome:  it is a thing of beauty.

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“Texts and Context”
Michiko Kakutani in the NY TIMES on
The State of Reading Today

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/21/books/21mash.html

In his deliberately provocative — and deeply nihilistic — new book, “Reality Hunger,” the onetime novelist David Shields asserts that fiction “has never seemed less central to the culture’s sense of itself.” He says he’s “bored by out-and-out fabrication, by myself and others; bored by invented plots and invented characters” and much more interested in confession and “reality-based art.” His own book can be taken as Exhibit A in what he calls “recombinant” or appropriation art.

Mr. Shields’s book consists of 618 fragments, including hundreds of quotations taken from other writers like Philip Roth, Joan Didion and Saul Bellow — quotations that Mr. Shields, 53, has taken out of context and in some cases, he says, “also revised, at least a little — for the sake of compression, consistency or whim.” He only acknowledges the source of these quotations in an appendix, which he says his publishers’ lawyers insisted he add.

“Who owns the words?” Mr. Shields asks in a passage that is itself an unacknowledged reworking of remarks by the cyberpunk author William Gibson. “Who owns the music and the rest of our culture? We do — all of us — though not all of us know it yet. Reality cannot be copyrighted.”

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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/21/books/21mash.html


The Powells Books Review of
Kathleen Dean Moore’s
WILD COMFORT: THE SOLACE OF NATURE.

http://www.powells.com/review/2010_03_18.html

Pay attention is the message of Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature  by Kathleen Dean Moore, a philosophy professor at Oregon State University and the director of the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word.

This collection of essays, reveries and meditations interweaves keen observations of the natural world with descriptions of wilderness travel, conversations, stories and philosophical musings.

“I had begun to write about happiness,” Moore shares on the first page, “but events overtook me.”

Friends and family died by drowning, disease and accident, and, as Moore admits, “my life became an experiment in sadness.”

She turned to the natural world for solace.

“The earth holds every possibility inside it, and the mystery of transformation, one thing into another. This is the wildest comfort.”

Read the full review:
http://www.powells.com/review/2010_03_18.html

WILD COMFORT: THE SOLACE OF NATURE.
Kathleen Dean Moore.
Paperback: Trumpeter, 2010.
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