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Redesigned to incorporate photographs from his son Micah, Marty's work begins with the Psalms and then draws on the imagery of the wintry way of God in western mysticism (e.g., John of the Cross, Pseudo-Dionysius, and The Cloud of Unknowing).
The reflections in Martin Marty's classic, like those of the Psalmist who inspired them, grapple with the sense of divine remoteness and distance found in the "winter of the heart", a time, ironically, when one can have a fresh experience with God.
Martin E. Marty (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago, where he taught for thirty-five years. His many honors include the Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among his many books are Righteous Empire - for which he won the National Book Award and the three-volume Modern American Religion. Visit the author's Web site at www.illuminos.com
Recent publications include World Christianity: A Global History (Random House); The Mystery of the Child (Eerdmans. 2007) and Building Cultures of Trust (Emory University Studies in Law and Religion, Eerdmans, 2010).
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