A superb stylist with incisive insight, Alan Jacobs is especially fond of the essay as a writing form, and in this volume he offers eighteen beautifully written pieces reflecting on the Christian journey. Through these "wayfaring" essays both serious and...
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A superb stylist with incisive insight, Alan Jacobs is especially fond of the essay as a writing form, and in this volume he offers eighteen beautifully written pieces reflecting on the Christian journey. Through these "wayfaring" essays both serious and comic, eloquent and intriguing - including one piece in the form of a wickedly witty poem - Jacobs muses on the usefulness and dangers of blogging, the art of dictionary making, the world of Harry Potter, the life of trees, and much more.
^^^"Alan Jacobs's essays offer a rich feast of intellectual pleasure and ethical nourishment. He combines an alert, sympathetic eye for the novelties of today's technological and artistic culture with a shrewd and solid sense of their moral and psychological effects. This book is bracing, salutary, witty, and profound and it's often all of these things on a single page."
Edward Mendelson^- Columbia University
"A good volume of essays is a collection of aesthetically delightful and prismatically informative prose pieces, each short enough to be read at a sitting. There aren't many such volumes these days, which is a pity. Jacobs's Wayfaring is one: it exhibits wit, learning, and an ear for the language, and it will give you new loves while deepening those you already have. Do yourself a favor: buy and read."
Paul J. Griffiths^- Duke Divinity School
Alan Jacobs is fond of the essay because it lets a writer do something that more formal pieces of writing cannot: follow the vagaries of the mind, let the writing follow its own path, encountering surprises and fresh insights along the way.
In this new collection, Jacobs offers essays for companionable wayfaring. To be a Christian, he says, is to be a wayfarer, to move hopefully towards a cherished goal. These essays are a wayfarers notes, a record of ideas and experiences encountered on the pilgrim path. Gathered here are pieces serious and comic, eloquent and interesting. Jacobs muses on the usefulness and dangers of blogging, the art of dictionary making, the world of Harry Potter, and an appreciation of trees. He also includes several book reviews, including a wickedly witty poem.
With Wayfaring, Jacobs continues his tradition of exploring Christian theology and experience by way of the essay, bringing serious musings within reach of us all.
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).