Negotiating the Shadows

Negotiating the Shadows

by Rachael A. Keefe


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This book invites the reader to experience Lent as a spiritual journey. It begins on Ash Wednesday with an invitation to engage with Christ, to have daily conversation with him, and to walk with him through the struggles and challenges of daily living. Each day offers a poetic, insightful meditation on Scripture verses that voice the human spirit's longing for the Holy Spirit. As the journey unfolds, the reader will experience the searing heat of the desert sun and the confusing shadows of the wilderness. The invitation to follow Christ, seek Christ, and be found by Christ leads the reader through the perils of the season with the promise of Easter morning.
Those familiar with biblical texts will be drawn in by the vivid images and relevant messages of the poems. Similarly, those for whom biblical texts are less well-known, will find intriguing and accessible images that might even prompt a desire to learn more. Lay people and clergy across denominations will find comfort and challenge in the familiar being made new should they accept the invitation to follow Christ into the desert and the wilderness contained within us all, and persevere until the journey ends in resurrection.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608998548
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 09/20/2010
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Rachael A. Keefe is the chaplain at New Hampshire Hospital, the state psychiatric hospital. Ordained in 1992, she has ministered in a variety of settings-parish, community, and healthcare.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction xvii

Week 1 An Invitation to Follow 1

Week 2 Encountering the Tempter 15

Week 3 Searching for the Path 37

Week 4 Shadows in the Darkness 55

Week 5 The Journey Back 75

Week 6 Approaching the Horizon 93

Week 7 From Celebration to Suffering 111

Scripture Index 139

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From the Publisher

"Rachael writes with a keen intellect, a gift for creative phrasing, an idiosyncratic scriptural perspective that is both insightful and challenging, and an impressive invitation to trust in the absoute truth, love, and goodness of our Creator and Redeemer God. Sometimes the reader will have to reread and review a meditation in order to grasp its profound spiritual nuances. These meditations will guide many to a deep and meaningful spiritual Lenten journey."

—Merle Jordan

Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Psychology

Boston University

"In Negotiating the Shadows Rachael Keefe offers poetry for today and a prophetic word for tomorrow. Opening up this small volume of poems and meditations, the reader will find that she is holding in her hands a missive of hope, a gift borne by a writer who has traversed the shadows, finding precisely there the blessing of the Beloved. From the silent depths she brings words drenched with holiness, offering them to those who hunger for something good and true and yes, bittersweet. Her words bring comfort and challenge to those reaching out for new life. This book is truly a rare gem!"

—Sharon G. Thornton

Professor of Pastoral Theology

Andover Newton Theological School_

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