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Reading with Deeper Eyes: the Love of Literature and the Life of Faith [Paperback]

By William H. Willimon (Author)
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Pages   125
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 1998
Publisher   Upper Room Books
ISBN  0835808475  
EAN  9780835808477  

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Good literature allows a reader to glimpse the world through another's eyes. Whether the author is aware of it or not, many great stories reveal God at work in the world. Willimon looks at ten works of literature, ranging from The Odyssey and the Book of Job to works by Dostoevsky and Anne Tyler. By retelling and interpreting these stories, Willimon opens readers to God's revelation through literature and provides reflection questions to help us examine our own relationship with God.

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More About William H. Willimon

William H. Willimon The Reverend Dr. William H. Willimon is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at the Divinity School, Duke University. He is recently retired after serving eight years as Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church, where he led the 157,000 Methodists and 792 pastors in North Alabama. For twenty years prior to the episcopacy, he was Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

Dr. Willimon is a graduate of Wofford College (B.A., 1968), Yale Divinity School (M.Div., 1971) and Emory University (S.T.D., 1973). He has served as pastor of churches in Georgia and South Carolina. For four years, beginning in 1976, he served as Assistant Professor of Liturgy and Worship at Duke Divinity School, teaching courses in liturgics and homiletics and served as Director of the Ministerial Course of Study School at Duke, and Presiding Minister in the Divinity School Chapel. When he returned to the parish ministry in 1980, he was Visiting Associate Professor of Liturgy and Worship at Duke for three years. He has been awarded honorary degrees from a dozen colleges and universities including Wofford College, Lehigh University, Colgate University, Birmingham-Southern College, and Moravian Theological Seminary. In 1992, he was named as the first Distinguished Alumnus of Yale Divinity School. He also serves on the faculties of Birmingham-Southern College as Visiting Distinguished Professor and as Visiting Research Professor at Duke Univeristy Divinity School.

He is the author of sixty books. His Worship as Pastoral Care was selected as one of the ten most useful books for pastors in 1979 by the Academy of Parish Clergy. Over a million copies of his books have been sold. In 1996, an international survey conducted by Baylor University named him one of the Twelve Most Effective Preachers in the English-speaking world.

His articles have appeared in many publications including The Christian Ministry, Quarterly Review, Liturgy, Worship and Christianity Today. He is Editor-at-Large for The Christian Century. He has served as Editor and Expositor (with his wife, Patricia) for Abingdon’s International Lesson Annual. He has written curriculum materials and video for youth, young adults, and adults. His Pulpit Resource is used each week by over eight thousand pastors in the USA, Canada, and Australia. A 2005 study by the Pulpit and Pew Research Center found that Bishop Willimon is the second most widely read author by mainline Protestant pastors.

William H. Willimon currently resides in Birmingham, in the state of Alabama.

William H. Willimon has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Belief Matters
  2. Horizons in Theology
  3. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary
  4. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching
  5. Pastor's Handbook
  6. Preaching About-- Series

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Eye opener  Jan 19, 2007
This book is written by a Christian who has written this book to defend reading literature of all kinds. He explains that in every piece of literature there is quality learning and that censorship is bad no matter how you phrase it. He sums up a number of books that churches might frown on but all of which are quality reads. Examples are: Revelation, a short story by Flannery O'Conner, Blood of the Lamb by Peter deVries, In the Beauty of the Lilies by John Updike and several more. I found his insight into literature to be quite good and have committed to reading all the books he comments on.
Literary Love  Oct 12, 1999
Willimon is not stuffy in his opinions about literature. He is not stuffy in describing his faith journey or the spiritual journey as he sees it described in works of literature. This is the kind of book that should form the basis of church teachings, even sermons, because Willimon writes unashamedly of his loves: God, the Bible, and many good books.
Awesome and Mystical Collection  May 17, 1999
I was part of an adult group that read this book. We enjoyed Willimon's wit and shared some of his opinions. He made us think.

I disagree with his interpretation of John Updike's book. In the Beauty of the Lilies is not about spiritual sloth! It deals with institutionalism in the church and the failings of family, particularly as shaped by the 20th century's media. I suppose Dr. Willimon and I might debate that issue.

On the other hand, I felt good to see references to The Odyssey and felt even better to meet a new author in Willimon's work. After reading Willimon, I found Ron Hansen's Mariette in Ecstasy. It is even more awesome, wondrous, and mystical than Willimon described it! Thanks for the book!

Bold expression of literature and Christian spirituality  Dec 9, 1998
Will Willimon has never been shy in expressing his opinions, and he expresses himself very well. Willimon traces the spiritual journey by looking at ten literary works. He begins with the image of the spiritual quest from the Odyssey, takes us into some of the despair voiced by characters in the work of Flannery O'Connor and Walker Percy, moves us into the possibilities offered by Anne Tyler in Saint Maybe, and ends with a gifted reading of Mariette in Ecstasy, an overlooked novel by Ron Hansen. It is a pilgrim's progress traced through some surprising literary works.

Willimon makes the salient point that God pops up in literature sometimes to the surprise of an author and perhaps even despite the author. He also offers a crusty opinion of "Christian fiction."

After reading the book and enjoying Willimon's references and summaries of the work s discussed, I found myself wanting to read or reread the original works.

I think this will be an excellent book for groups that want to unpack literature or who want to read the literature from a different perspective. I imagine that even church and Sunday school groups will find Willimon's work quite helpful.


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