WELL-KNOWN AUTHOR: Parini is a well-known man of letters, author of novels, poetry, criticism, and a previous book about the historical Jesus.
OFFERS SUSTENANCE IN TRYING TIMES: Parini’s look at how one can find meaning and structure my aligning one’s life with the rhythms of the Church calendar offers solace in a time of political and social turmoil.
CHRISTIANITY FOR THE NON-DOGMATIC: Parini is an intellectual Christian whose religious vision encompasses ideas from other religions as well. His Christianity offers a model of open-mindedness that is badly needed in an age of intolerance.
“Accessible and engaging, Jay Parini’s The Way of Jesus is a cross between a memoir and a travel diary, except the landscape he is exploring is his own soul. The compelling spiritual narrative that results is informed by insight, personal reflection, and wide reading. In his own words, it is all about resurrection—now.”
—The Right Reverend Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter
“For two millennia, the figure of Jesus has haunted the imagination of spiritual seekers around the world, including many great writers, philosophers, and theologians. It might seem there could be nothing fresh to say about him. Yet in each generation, thoughtful observers find new meaning in his life and teachings, as Jay Parini does in this compelling account. A poet as well as a scholar, Parini delves into the history of the faith he espouses and into the mystery at the core of existence. ‘Jesus was first and foremost a teacher,’ he tells us. The same could be said of the man who wrote this lucid, candid, eloquent book.”
—Scott Russell Sanders, author of Earth Works: Selected Essays
“Jay Parini’s The Way of Jesus is at once learned and down to earth; rueful at one moment and joyous at the next. Above all, this is the author’s own story—dispatches from an authentic, ongoing quest for a more vital and spirit-filled life. Its most memorable elements, for me, are its eloquent meditations on the ecclesiastical year and its culmination in an arresting reading of Eliot’s Four Quartets.”
—John Elder, author of Reading the Mountains of Home
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