What the Land Already Knows: Winter's Sacred Days

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In this memoir about winters on her family's farm, author Phyllis Tickle offers glimpses of rural family life while telling a simple story of faith lived out and grace revealed. The first in a series of three books based on the liturgical year, this book is a collection of nostalgic tales that explores the mysteries of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany and reveals the presence of God in the everyday.

From making homemade grapevine wreaths, to rescuing a newborn calf from the ...

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Overview

In this memoir about winters on her family's farm, author Phyllis Tickle offers glimpses of rural family life while telling a simple story of faith lived out and grace revealed. The first in a series of three books based on the liturgical year, this book is a collection of nostalgic tales that explores the mysteries of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany and reveals the presence of God in the everyday.

From making homemade grapevine wreaths, to rescuing a newborn calf from the cold, Tickle, a physician's wife and mother of seven, illuminates small moments of meditation and worship in the ordinary events of life. Scripture passages enrich the narratives and add biblical context. In the stillness of winter, Tickle discovers a stillness of soul and nearness to God that show the thread of liturgy woven into the fabric of everyday life.

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Tickle provides 11 autobiographical essays that tie her experiences at the family farm ("The Farm In Lucy," she announces, with all words duly capitalized) with various aspects of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. Tickle's understanding of time is also shaped by the lesser feasts of the holiday season, such as St. Thomas's Day (an opportunity for reflection on doubt and defeat, as she felt weighed down by the responsibility of managing Christmas gifts for her seven children), and the Feasts of Saints Stephen and John. Two chapters use the Mary and Joseph candles of the Advent wreath as springboards into marvelous essays about how Tickle and her husband manage their roles in their household; another uses the saving of a frozen calf as a vehicle for a profound Epiphany reflection. With wisdom, humor and deep insight, Tickle's gorgeous compositions speak to the spiritual riches of the entire season. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780829417661
  • Publisher: Loyola Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Series: Stories from the Farm in Lucy Ser.
  • Pages: 114
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 7.22 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue
Chapter 1 The Vining Wreath
Chapter 2 Returning to the Wilderness
Chapter 3 Noel, Holy Mother
Chapter 4 The Joseph Candle
Chapter 5 Days of Thomas the Doubter
Chapter 6 Christmas Eve Gift
Chapter 7 Silly Sally's Gift
Chapter 8 Down It Comes
Chapter 9 Name This Child
Chapter 10 The Light Has Come
Chapter 11 For All These Things
Epilogue
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