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Holy Is the Day: Living in the Gift of the Present based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This is Carolyn Weber’s second book, coming after one of my favorites, Surprised by Oxford. That book was the story of her conversion, while Holy is the Day moves on to the beauties and tragedies of a life with Christ. Through this book’s pages, Carolyn walks the reader through her own life, as she goes through childbirth, health scares, and career changes. Through it all, Holy is the Day presents a picture of life as a beautiful struggle, in which the Holy Spirit continually nudges us to remember that every day, every minute, and every second are beautiful and, even, holy. Carolyn is wonderfully honest with the reader, sharing her struggles to find peace and rest in a busy academic life, as she also joins with her husband in raising a house full of three children. One of the major pieces of the book is Carolyn’s path to learning that it is essential to find times to rest and recover, much as Jesus took time to get away from the crowds and be with His Father. The prose in Holy is the Day approaches poetry frequently, due in part to Carolyn’s training in Romantic Literature but also in part to her gift for discovering the beauty and joy in everyday life. She quotes from various authors throughout the book, but quotes from Wordsworth and Voskamp seem particularly appropriate, as their poetic styles are reflected to some degree in this book’s style. It was a joy to read another book by Carolyn Weber, and I want to thank her publisher for sending me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. They never asked me to write only positive comments, and all opinions included above are my own.
Thoughtful, beautiful, life-giving. The author is an English professor, and as a former English major, I enjoyed her literary references but some readers may not understand them all. Even I had to pause for a moment to decode what her "Prufrockian fog" meant. That aside, this is a great, short book to help us carpe Deum (seize God) even more than we carpe Diem (sieze the day).