White China: Finding the Divine in the Everyday

White China: Finding the Divine in the Everyday

by Molly Wolf, Phyllis Tickle
     
 

"White china" is Molly Wolf’s personal shorthand for the kind of religious language and ideas that often seem abstract and daunting. Those of us who don’t know how to break the code of words like hermeneutics are left to struggle in a landscape of abstraction and purity, intimidated and uncomfortable with our ability to handle them. We might

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"White china" is Molly Wolf’s personal shorthand for the kind of religious language and ideas that often seem abstract and daunting. Those of us who don’t know how to break the code of words like hermeneutics are left to struggle in a landscape of abstraction and purity, intimidated and uncomfortable with our ability to handle them. We might mispronounce the words or use them wrongly, and then what would people think of us? They’re pure like white china; we might drop and break them or get them dirty. And they certainly aren’t something we can consume–who can eat china?  In this beautifully written collection, Molly Wolf serves up her unique brand of what she calls God-Talk. She takes the language of Christian faith and religion, sets it in the context of her keen observations of everyday experience, and unpacks it, opening it up to make it real and close up and important. Revel in Wolf’s juicy metaphors and rejoice in the fact that she serves up a feast for all those who hunger to eat.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“…an ideal read to start the day…a book you’ll want to lend to a friend…” (www.christianbookshops.org.uk, 19th August 2005)
Publishers Weekly
Although she confesses that in her middle age she finds that virtually everything that is spiritually right is messy, Wolf, a Web columnist living in Ontario, Canada, writes about spiritual things with disarming simplicity. Her pithy essays begin with ordinary objects or events, and gently grow to include a spiritual musing or discovery. A disgruntlement over winter evolves into a discussion on God and the natural order of things. Mulling over her cat, Maggie, causes her to think about grace, while a trip to the supermarket spawns a few pages on children and poverty. Like a quality box of chocolates, you can dip in anywhere and come away with something worthwhile to enjoy or chew over. While Wolf, a Christian, is careful to say she does not find all belief systems equally good, she suggests Christianity, Judaism, Islam and other faiths are best evaluated using this rule: By their fruits you shall know them. Her thoughtful essays are rich in description (a ladybug has a burnished, richly red-brown spotted carapace), and often humorous. Although Wolf doesn't shy away from sharing her positions on everything from the war in Iraq to homosexuality, her tone avoids becoming strident. All I can do is to show you how I struggle with belief... maybe that will keep you company in your own struggles. Wolf is a compassionate companion for any spiritual journey. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787965808
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/18/2005
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.29(h) x 0.66(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“The book you have in your hand, White China, is a compilation of pieces of Molly Wolf. One normally says that pieces are by an author; but I mean what I say. These are pieces of Molly Wolf that are as fearlessly presented and as lacking in self-protection as is the latter half of her name. No one is blocked from entering here, no one is going to be conned, and no one need hold up his or her guard while inside these pages. This is a conversation with Molly played out by the rules of Wolf." —from the Foreword by Phyllis Tickle

"Molly Wolf gives us down-to-earth, poignant, and often very funny meditations on the surprise and delight and struggle of everyday life. Her close observations of the natural world, her reflections on what it means to be human and what God might mean to humans, and her ability to illuminate the dark and the light will give any reader daily, life-giving bread." —Nora Gallagher, author, Things Seen and Unseen and Practicing Resurrection, and The Shape of Things to Come

Meet the Author

Molly Wolf is the founder of the website SabbathBlessings.com and coauthor with Linda Roghaar of the Knitlit series. She lives in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, with her two adult sons, Ross and John Greenough, and three cats Magnificat (aka Maggie), Calvin, and Hobbes.

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