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Book of the Month January 2022

Date added: 12 January 2022

All's Well That Ends Well

From Dust to Resurrection: 40 Days with Shakespeare

Peter Graystone

 

Few writers have a deeper understanding of the foibles of human nature and life's absurdities and tragedies than William Shakespeare. This makes him a fascinating companion for the season of Lent, a traditional time for a spot of self-examination.

This engaging, wise and often amusing Lent book sets quotations from Shakespeare's characters and poems alongside biblical passages and reflects on the resonance between them - one reflection for each day of the season.

It starts with dust on Ash Wednesday ('Golden lads and girls all must, As chimney-sweepers, come to dust', from Cymbeline) and ends with resurrection as Easter Sunday approaches ('It is required you do awake your faith', from The Winter's Tale). In between, it considers many rich spiritual themes: mercy, love, loyalty, trust, good vs evil, guilt, forgiveness, ageing, grief, death, hope and more.

Each day's reflection opens with a quotation from Shakespeare and explores its ideas in conversation with the Bible and Christian thought.

 

Peter Graystone

Peter Graystone is a writer who has worked for Scripture Union, Christian Aid and the Church Army. He read English at Oxford, is a huge fan of the theatre and has an MA in Shakespeare studies. He is presently Co-ordinator of the Christian Enquiry Agency and contributes to the Church Times.

 

9781786223548 Canterbury Press 30 November 2021

RRP £12.99

 


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