Love Took My Hand: The Spirituality of George Herbert by Philip Sheldrake
The impact of the seventeeth-century priest and poet George
Herbert spans the centuries. His work continues to be widely loved and many
number him among the greatest English poets. In "Love Took My Hand" Philip
Sheldrake shares his own personal enthusiasm for Herbert and shows that,
though his world is distant from our own, we may still enjoy an immensely
fruitful encounter with him.
Sheldrake describes the background to Herbert's thoughts and surveys the
main themes of his rich spirituality. Drawing from The Country Parson and
the great collection of poetry known as The Temple, he explores Herbert's
images of God, his sense of place, his understanding of discipleship and
holiness, his teaching on prayer, and his spirituality of service.
We find in Herbert's poetry an evocative quality that touches the emotions
and provokes a deep and complex response. When the poems are set alongside
the more tightly ordered spirituality of The Country Parson, we are able
to consider the richness and potential of Herbert's spiritual vision and to
gain an insight into the passion that lay at the heart of Herbert's life
and ministry. His fluctuating relationship with God and struggle to accept
God's love will find particular resonance with the modern reader.
About The Author Philip Sheldrake is vice principal of Sarum College in
Salisbury, England. Formerly the editor of The Way, he is the author of a
number of books, including Befriending Our Desires; Spirituality and
History; and Living Between Worlds.