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The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’s Essential Teachings on Discipleship 

Dallas Willard

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Dallas Willard takes us back to the heart of the Gospel way of Jesus.
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The Process and the Product
A Feature Review of

Thumbprint in the Clay:
Divine Marks of Beauty, Order and Grace

Luci Shaw

Paperback: IVP Books, 2016
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Reviewed by Crystal Hurd
J.R.R. Tolkien, the father of modern fantasy, posited that creating art involves a process called “sub-creation.” Tolkien writes in “On Fairy-Stories” the origin of “sub-creation”:

The mental power of image-making is one thing, or aspect; and it should appropriately be called Imagination. The perception of the image, the grasp of its implications, and the control, which are necessary to a successful expression, may vary in vividness and strength: but this is a difference of degree in Imagination, not a difference in kind. The achievement of the expression, which gives (or seems to give) ‘the inner consistency of reality,’ is indeed another thing, or aspect, needing another name: Art, the operative link between Imagination and the final result, Sub-creation.

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Luci Shaw - Polishing the Petoskey StoneA poem for the Feast of St. Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist…


Polishing the Petoskey Stone: Poems

Luci Shaw

Paperback: Regent College Publishing, 2003.
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The Wake Up CallThe Wake Up Call –
5 November 2012

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Today is the feast of Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist.
Here is a poignant poem about Mary’s visiting Elizabeth by Luci Shaw

“In nature’s economy the currency is not money, it is life.” – Vandana Shiva, Physicist and Ecologist, born on this day 1952.

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance” – Will Durant, Historian, born on this day 1885.

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Thanks be to God for this new day, may it be full of beauty and grace!

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An appropriate poem from another noted speaker at the Festival of Faith and Writing, Luci Shaw.

From her book:

The Green Earth: Poems of Creation.

Luci Shaw.

Hardback: Eerdmans, 2002.
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Read our review of Luci’s recent book of poetry, Harvesting Fog

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“Attentive to the Grace of the Ordinary”

A Review of
Harvesting Fog: Poems
by Luci Shaw.

Reviewed by Jennifer Merri Parker.

Harvesting Fog: Poems.
Luci Shaw.

Paperback: Pinyon Publishing, 2010.
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Luci Shaw - HARVESTING FOG: POEMSAt a recent literary festival I had the privilege of hearing Luci Shaw read from her lately published collection of poems, Harvesting Fog. Shortly afterward, standing near a table where she was signing copies of her books, I overheard an admirer’s brief exchange with the warm and personable poet, who had just thanked her for attending the reading. “Thank you,” the young woman replied, her voice full of emotion, “for helping us to see.” It was an appropriate expression of gratitude, I thought, towards a writer whose singular giftedness involves prodigious attention to the minute, mundane, and easily overlooked details, and the ability to discover unexpected meaning, even deep spiritual significance, in them all. The effect is awe-inspiring to those of us unused to straddling that fault line where the mundane and the mysterious bump and jostle one another and occasionally overlap.

However, as Shaw herself would probably insist, the poet lives on that line or—at least—goes there habitually. A poet’s work, as she describes it, is to keep “a foot in both the concrete, visible world and the ephemeral, invisible world, translating the experience of a spiritual realm into word pictures in order to bring a whiff of heaven to earth” (3). What Shaw sees from this vantage is what she shares with her readers, the everyday revelations of glory and grace in even the most ordinary moments of human experience.  In Harvesting Fog, she offers a collection of such moments, rendered in beautifully resonant language, articulating the sacredness and significance of life in a world at once beautiful and broken.

I have always welcomed the perennials
but today I celebrate weeds. The arrival of
horse-tails, their primitive vigor thrusting up
under the fence as if the Third Day of Creation
were just yesterday.  In penance, as redemption,
I will begin to touch the earth more lightly,
remembering to walk barefoot in the soft
forest so that I make no bruit or break…
(40, “Gardener’s Remorse”)

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