Holy Is the Day: Living in the Gift of the Present

Holy Is the Day: Living in the Gift of the Present

by Carolyn A. Weber


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Life pulls us in many directions, sometimes even to the point of pulling our souls apart. We know rest and reflection are necessary for a healthy life—even Jesus took time to get away from the crowds, away from the demands of everyday life, to pray, to spend time with close friends, to sleep.

But when Carolyn Weber—emotionally and physically exhausted from managing her career as a college professor, writing her first book and parenting three children under the age of three—hears this truth from a friend, all she can think is: but who will do everything if I don't?

And this sets her on a journey to find the still, small space in each day.

In these pages Carolyn reflects on the eternal beauty that lurks within the present. Drawing from literature, history and everyday life, Holy Is the Day is a collection of spiritual reflections that trace the way God's ever-renewing grace is a gift of the present. Opening it we find poignant stories of endurance, humility, compassion, remembrance and gratitude, as well a harrowing account of near-death experience.

Carolyn gives us new eyes to receive the precious gift of the present and give it away to others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830843077
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 08/26/2013
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Carolyn Weber (D. Phil., University of Oxford) is an author, speaker and teacher who has specialized in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British and European literature. Her recent academic positions include associate professor of English literature at Seattle University and visiting associate professor of English literature at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California. Writing at the intersection of Romanticism and gender and family issues, Weber is the editor of Romanticism and Parenting: Image, Instruction and Ideology and author of the forthcoming monograph Metempsychosis in the Early Works and Short Stories of Mary Shelley. She is also the author of Surprised by Oxford: A Memoir.

Table of Contents

1. Four in the Furnace
2. The Widow's Offering
3. Refined like Silver
4. U-Turn Friends
5. Even Jesus Went out in a Boat
6. Carpe Deum
7. Exclamation Marks in the Sky!
8. At the Threshold
9. The Dear Hunt
10. Grumble and Trust
11. Living in the Presence

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Holy Is the Day: Living in the Gift of the Present 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
QuietedWaters More than 1 year ago
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.
Jocelyn_Green More than 1 year ago
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).