A Review of
Between Midnight and Dawn:
A Literary Guide to Prayer for Lent, Holy Week, and Eastertide
Compiled by Sarah Arthur
I can’t be alone in thinking that, when Dorothy discovers that her ruby red slippers have (and always have had) the power to take her home, it is one of the most profound theological insights in American pop culture. Or that the death of Stringer Bell was a moment where the ability of the TV series The Wire to plumb the depths of the human condition was most on display. I like my piety with a little artistic license. “Tell all the truth,” as Emily Dickinson said, “but tell it slant.”
Sarah Arthur, who compiled the great new Lenten and Eastertide literary prayer guide, Between Midnight and Dawn, is a kindred spirit in this. She introduces her collection by comparing the movement from Lent to Easter with night to dawn and winter to spring, but don’t believe her. She’s got far more tender and terrifying territory to cover in this beautiful, bountiful book.