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Christianity Today 2023 Award of Merit (Culture & the Arts)Midwest Book Review 2023 Silver Book Award (Nonfiction - Religion/Philosophy)How do we become better people? Initiatives such as New Year's resolutions, vision boards, thirty-day plans, and self-help books often fail to compel us to live differently. We settle for small goalsfrugal spending, less yelling at the kids, more time at the gymbut we are called to something far greater. We are created to be holy.Award-winning author Jessica Hooten Wilson explains that learning to hear the call of holiness requires cultivating a new imaginationone rooted in the act of reading. Learning to read with eyes attuned to the saints who populate great works of literature moves us toward holiness, where God opens up a way of living that extends far beyond what we can conjure for ourselves. Literature has the power to show us what a holy life looks like, and these depictions often scandalize even as they shape our imagination. As such, careful reading becomes a sort of countercultural spiritual discipline.The book includes devotionals, prayers, wisdom from the saints, and more to help individuals and groups cultivate a saintly imagination. Foreword by Lauren F. Winner.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Jessica Hooten Wilson (PhD, Baylor University) is the Louise Cowan Scholar in Residence at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas. She has written for The Gospel Coalition, National Review, the Christian Century, Comment magazine, and Englewood Review of Books and is the author of several books, including the Christianity Today Book Award Winner Giving the Devil His Due: Demonic Authority in the Fiction of Flannery O'Connor and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Wilson speaks regularly around the country and has connections with a broad array of reading communities and classical education forums.