ICS publishes a quarterly online journal, En Christo: A Journal for a New Christianity, that includes book reviews and commentary relevant to a re-visioning of what it means to be Christian.
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A Child Is Born: Meditations for Advent and Christmas
by J. Barrie Shepherd
|“I would guess, Lord God That most people know your presence, sense at least a momentary touch of Holy Spirit at some time in their lives. But we write it off as indigestion, or an excess of emotion. In the cold clear light of morning we look back and say, ‘How could I be so foolish?’ so we spend our days in shallows, fearful to launch out, to entrust ourselves to mystery.”|
Practicing the presence of God, while celebrating the apogee of history with traditional symbols of love and affection, is a life-giving anchor in our cultural sea of consumerism.
|“And your call to me these days, Lord God, is not so much to wallow in nostalgia, to break out in a stubborn rash of generosity and gift giving, to get all caught up in rituals with candles, incense and the like You invite me to entrust myself, to place my story within yours, to set my future firm beside the manger where your Son may claim it for his own.”|
A Child Is Born focuses our attention on the pattern God has woven for each of us. With our increased self-awareness we are faithfully invited into a deeper openness to Christ’s perpetual coming. This poignant, dandy, meaningful book reminds me of nothing so much as the affirmation of Julian of Norwich that “all will be well, all will be well and all manner of things will be well.” This is a book to which I shall return regularly.
Linda Kusse-Wolfe, reviewer
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