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Comfort

Hardback|Jan 2004
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Here is a new anthology from Christopher Howse- a sequel to his hugely successful books Best Sermons Ever and Best Spiritual Reading Ever. The book contains over eighty extracts, in prose and verse, from spiritual writers of a Christian background...


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Here is a new anthology from Christopher Howse- a sequel to his hugely successful books Best Sermons Ever and Best Spiritual Reading Ever. The book contains over eighty extracts, in prose and verse, from spiritual writers of a Christian background in the English language tradition. By this is meant British and American or classical authors, whose writings were adopted by that tradition. The extracts are varied with shorter prayers and poems, as in Christopher Howse's previous books. The most celebrated book of comfort to date was published by Elizabeth Goudge thirty years ago. It is an area in which women writers have been particularly strong, and in this new book women writers feature prominently. These include Emily Dickinson, Jane Austen, Teresa of Avila and Catherine of Siena. Comfort is a rich concept and should not be taken as a simple thing.;It is not all baa-lambs and daffodils and is sometimes at its most stirring when the outlook is black. Howse opens his inspiring new collection with a brilliant introduction in which he shows the origin of the word comfort and how its true meaning has been traduced in common usage. Here is a bracing book for a generation that thinks that Prozac is the panacea for most ills.
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his is the alternative to Prozac for a generation that has lost the meaning of the word "comfort." This new anthology from Christopher Howse is a sequel to his successful Best Sermons Ever and The Best Spiritual Reading Ever. It contains more than 80 extracts, in prose and verse, from spiritual writers of a Christian background in the English language tradition. This means British and American authors or classical authors whose writing were adopted by that tradition. The extracts are varied with shorter prayers and poems. This is an area in which women writers have been particularly strong, and in this new book of comfort women writers are featured prominently, including Emily Dickinson, Jane Austen, Teresa of Avila and Catherine of Sienna.
-Publisher

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Christopher Howse (Ed)

Howse is Comment Editor of the "Daily Telegraph". He contributes a weekly column on religion in the modern world.

  • 1. Comfort Against Adversity (c.s. Lewis, Emily Dickinson, Samuel Johnson, P.j. Kavanagh). 2. Comfort Against Fear (john Donne, Teresa Of Avila, Francis Of Assisi). 3. Comfort In Wellbeing (chesterton, Newman, Francis De Sales, Aeldred Of Rievaux). 4. Comfort In Weakness (rowan Williams, John Of The Cross, Bede, The Book Of Job). 5. Comfort As Hope (walter Hylton, Harry Williams, George Herbert, Julian Of Norwich).

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