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My Sour-Sweet Days: George Herbert and the Journey of the Soul

My Sour-Sweet Days: George Herbert and the Journey of the Soul

by Mark Oakley

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Mark Oakley reveals George Herbert as a fine companion with whom to examine the journey of the soul. His poems are 'heart-work and heaven-work', embracing love and closeness, anger and despair, reconciliation and hope. There is too an appealing and audacious playfulness about Herbert: he seems to take God on, knowing God will win, confident God will not abandon him. This sense of relationship with God as primarily friendship is one of many intriguing and healing aspects we are invited to consider.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780281080335
Publisher: SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
Publication date: 11/29/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
File size: 603 KB

About the Author

Mark Oakley is Dean of St John’s College, Cambridge, and is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College London. He was formerly Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, overseeing the arts and learning programmes at the cathedral. Mark writes regularly for the Church Times and The Tablet and broadcasts frequently on BBC Radio 4. His latest bestselling book The Splash of Words: Believing in Poetry (Canterbury Press, 2016) was published to great acclaim. He’s also the editor of A Good Year, Readings for Funerals and Readings for Weddings (SPCK, 2016, 2015 & 2013 respectively).

Table of Contents

Preface ix

The Agonie 1

Redemption 4

Easter 7

Easter Wings 11

Sinne (I) 14

Affliction (I) 17

Prayer (I) 23

The Holy Scriptures (I) 27

Even-song 30

The Windows 34

Content 37

The Quidditie 41

Deniall 44

Vanitie (I) 48

Vertue 52

The Pearl. Matth. 13 56

Unkindnesse 61

Decay 64

Jordan (II) 67

The Quip 70

Dialogue 74

Hope 78

Sinnes Round 81

Gratefulnesse 84

The Holdfast 88

Praise (II) 91

The Collar 95

The Call 99

The Pulley 102

The Flower 106

Bitter-sweet 111

The Answer 114

The Glance 117

Aaron 120

The Forerunners 124

Discipline 128

The Elixer 132

A Wreath 136

Heaven 139

Love (III) 142

References 146

Recommended reading 151

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