Contact the website editor   | The Reader   | Events diary   | Useful links   
Readers

Central Readers' Council - Dedicated to serving the ministry of Readers in the British Isles and Europe

Anglican Communion News website link Church of England website link Link to Facebook


BOOK REVIEWS
RESOURCE LISTS
Readers people decorative picture Readers people decorative picture

Do you have any questions or ideas, we would love to hear from you.
CONTACT PAGE

Love in Thin Places


Love in Thin Places
---
LOVE IN THIN PLACES

David Grieve

Book Review - Paperback
Price: £7.99
Publisher: Sacristy Press
Published:15/02/19
ISBN:1-789-59014-0

 
LOVE IN THIN PLACES

Confessions of a Cathedral Chaplain

David Grieve

Poetry in the Celtic Tradition

In this collection of poems, Grieve’s theme is ‘how a place...’ in particular, a thin place,
where in Celtic tradition, the veil between earth and heaven is thinned,‘... Is sacrament / to looking eyes, and disclosure and trace.’ The poems locate thin places in past and present ‘Lindisfarne, Durham and the Journey Between (as one poem is entitled)’, but most frequently, in particular locations, on specific dates in the Christian year, in Durham Cathedral, where he is chaplain. Grieve, who wrote previously about mental health and faith in Hope in Dark Places, explicitly acknowledges that his poems ‘are therapy, and they are fightings.’ The majority are invigorated by faithful hope. As he puts it in a meditation on the Cathedral crib: ‘All the impulses of incarnate love . . . /cry that there must, / there will be recovery.’ Readers will be challenged by Grieve’s perception that, if recovery is to result from the experiences thin places stimulate, these are not about cosy, self-contained reflection, but finally proclaim dismissal: they ‘send us out to live justly, to love mercy / and to embody the Kingdom.’

Reviewed by John Moss

Related topics:
Reflection / Meditation / Spirituality

Categories:

More...

More...

  • The 2019 LLM Conference for Oxford Diocese took place at the Milton Hill House Hotel near Abingdon from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June.
    Read more >>
ADVERTISEMENT
Advertise on this website

Advertise on this website
VISIT WEBSITE

ADVERTISEMENT
Advertise on this website

Advertise on this website
VISIT WEBSITE

Readers people decorative picture

Do you have any questions or ideas, we would love to hear from you.
CONTACT PAGE