Book of Common Prayer, The: A Biography (#16 in Lives Of Great Religious Books Series)
While many of us are familiar with such famous words as "Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here..." or "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust," we may not know that they originated in The Book of Common Prayer, which first...
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While many of us are familiar with such famous words as "Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here..." or "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust," we may not know that they originated in The Book of Common Prayer, which first appeared in 1549. Like the words of the King James Bible and Shakespeare, the language of this prayer book has saturated English culture and letters. Here Alan Jacobs tells its story. He shows how The Book of Common Prayer--from its beginnings as a means of social and political control in the England of Henry VIII to its worldwide presence today--became a venerable work whose cadences express the heart of religious life for millions.
Dr Alan Jacobs (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is Professor of English and Director of the Faith and Learning Program at Wheaton College in Illinois. He is the author of award winning books The Narnian: the Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis (San Francisco: Harper, and London: SPCK, 2005) - winner, Christianity Today 2006 Book Award, History/Biography Category and Winner, 2006 John Pollock Award for Christian Biography with Shaming the Devil: Essays in Truthtelling (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004).
He is also the author of A Theology of Reading: the Hermeneutics of Love (Boulder and New York: Westview Press, 2001), A Visit to Vanity Fair: Moral Essays on the Present Age (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2001) Winner, Christianity Today 2002 Book Award, Christianity and Culture category, Looking Before and After: Testimony and the Christian Life (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008) and Original Sin: a Cultural History (San Francisco: Harper/ SPCK 2008).