Tag: Beauty

  • Finding the Music of the World

    Finding the Music of the World

    “Take away the words to the song and hope will take up humming;” I’m not sure how the Rev. Paul Escamilla wrote those words on his manuscript before delivering them in a sermon some some weeks ago. There’s usually a little poetry in sermons, even if you’re not aiming for that old sermon structure of […]

  • #4 Heartlands Best Reads of 2018: He Held Radical Light

    #4 Heartlands Best Reads of 2018: He Held Radical Light

    Christian Wiman’s He Held Radical Light: The Art of Faith, the Faith of Art might qualify as the most beautiful book I read all year. Wiman wrote a memoir that reminded me about the compelling nature of calling and vocation, not only for the poets he so clearly loves, but for every person of faith. There’s […]

  • The Coasts of Anhedonia – Poetry

    The Coasts of Anhedonia – Poetry

    The land, this land, is not a problem to be solved.   It is a matrix, this mother, for health.   The great migrations of the day— from Syria, the South, central Africa— are symptoms  of a greater dis location.   It’s not just about resources  and economic opportunity  (or lack thereof).   These are […]

  • The Last Sunset: Poetry

    The Last Sunset: Poetry

    I didn’t really believe it was my last as I watched a sky so orange as to subdue the harshest skeptic of sundown magic. But I wondered. How many people in mortal peril see such sights as they slip away? Polar explorers perishing under pulsating green northern lights? Mountaineers admiring the blue tint of the […]

  • “Beauty was all the answer they had”–When Theologians Soar

    “Beauty was all the answer they had”–When Theologians Soar

    Sometimes, and all too rarely, a theologian can soar in writing.  I have been working my way, very slowly, through Katherine Sonderegger’s Systematic Theology: Volume I, The Doctrine of God, and savoring passages like this one: This is what we mean by compatibilism in theology. The One Light that enlightens all creatures is truly here, truly shining […]

  • Finding God in a Small Town: A Review of Can You See Anything Now?

    Finding God in a Small Town: A Review of Can You See Anything Now?

    You could hardly imagine two more different artists than the ones you meet in the opening pages of Katherine James’s debut novel, Can You See Anything Now? [Paraclete, 2017]. There’s Margie, who paints vivid canvases, attributing personal characteristics to still lifes, sketching nudes, and doing a grand scale work featuring ovens that make her daughter […]

  • Dreaming Something Real: A Review of Music of the Swamp by Lewis Nordan

    Dreaming Something Real: A Review of Music of the Swamp by Lewis Nordan

    “Probably the real self is in fact the invented self fully accepted.”  That’s Lewis Nordan’s justification for declaring that his outrageous, out-sized fiction is actually memoir.  He created himself through imagining a different past, different circumstances, and a different father than the disappointing realities he knew as a child growing up in Itta Bena, Mississippi.  […]