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Even among these rocks
Purcell, Steven D.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Brewster, Mass. : Paraclete Press ; Carlisle [England] : Piquant, [2000]

Physical Description:
48 unnumbered leaves : illustrations (some color), music ; 26 cm
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BV4801 .P87 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In this rich blend of art (Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Durer, and others), poetry, and personal reflection, Steven Purcell depicts a journey through Lent- a path that travels deep within the soul and illuminates the depths of God's love. Features full-color illustrations on every page.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This unique, wholly original volume traces Purcell's own spiritual journey through Lent, beginning with a chapter on temptation and ending with "The Final Act" of the crucifixion. Purcell cautions that "we should expect that the journey of Lent will never deliver us to a plateau of power. Rather it will consistently lead us back to the powerlessness of the Lamb." The book's design is simply gorgeous, with art from the likes of Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Durer and Grunewald blending seamlessly with Purcell's own effusive watercolors. Purcell draws meditative texts from the Gospels and the Psalms, and reproduces 20th-century poetry by W.H. Auden, Denise Levertov and T. S.Eliot. The entire text is hand-lettered by Purcell, making readers feel as though they have just received a personal letter from a cherished friend. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Purcell, conference director for the International Federation of Evangelical Students, has created a fascinating and consistently thoughtful meditation on Lent that also promises to be a beautiful volume, as it is hand-lettered by Purcell himself. Part anthology, part personal journey, it draws upon the art of Caravaggio and Roualt, the poetry of Denise Levertov and T. S. Eliot, and the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, to name only a few. Purcell adds his own reflections on these works and on the meaning of the events commemorated by Lent. Purcell's selections are fit and striking, and his own writing is graceful, profound, and not unworthy of its exalted company. Highly recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.