At the Still Point by Sarah Arthur

At the Still Point

With a title inspired by T. S. Eliot, this “literary” prayer book is for every Christian who has ever felt led to pray while reading a novel or a poem. These great writers know the things of God but speak in metaphor. They tell the truth, as Emily Dickinson put it, but they “tell it slant.” In not stating out loud what they know, they have left much to our imaginations—which is a way of saying they have trusted the Holy Spirit. Let t...

Details At the Still Point

TitleAt the Still Point
Release DateNov 16th, 2019
PublisherParaclete Press
GenreReligion, Spirituality, Nonfiction, Poetry, Christian

Reviews At the Still Point

  • Laurie
    Sarah Arthur appears to worship as she writes of the truths revealed subtly or indirectly through lines of poetry or passages of prose. She notes that: We remember certain scenes from certain books like we remember major life events: they become part of our personal histories, listed among the episodes that marked turning points in our lives. Indeed, many of us might include a poet or an author, whether dead or living, among our spiritual mentors...
  • Julie Davis
    This unusual devotional is a book after my own heart. Sarah Arthur has thematically arranged classic and contemporary fiction and poetry to look a little deeper at the worship inherent in the words.Designed for use in Ordinary Time, themes range from "Seeking God's Face" to "Quarrels with Heaven" to "Rending the Veil." Readings are taken from such diverse fiction sources as The Wind in the Willows and Mansfield Park, and from poets spanning the I...
  • Pamela
    Had the privilege of meeting and talking withthis author, having my copy of her book signed, and then walked into an ordination where she accompanied her husband in his ordination. Blessings to their family! This is a wonderful collection of pieces of literature gathered together to enhance prayer sessions. Almost avoiding the usual religious writers, Sarah Arthur selects intentionally authors from various times, ideologies, from Auden, Austen, D...
  • Danielle
    An unusual devotional guide I really appreciated and added to my morning scripture readings.
  • Rebekah Byson
    This book is mostly Christian themed poetry from the 16th, 17th, and 18th century, with some excerpts from classic literature. The excerpts were not so bad, and I was able to add some more ideas to my want to read list. However, the poetry was tedious. I don't know why I ever torture myself attempting to read poetry. The concept of this book was to use this poetry to inspire weekly prayers. Now I know I'm not the target audience for a book like t...
  • Abby Tamkin
    I haven't actually read the whole thing, but I've switched over to the Advent/Epiphany one, and have read enough of this that I can say it's wonderful.Looking forward to starting over with this one and getting through the whole thing after Pentecost.
  • Brooke West
    I'm glad I used this. There were times when it was boring, tedious, or laborious... but that was a reflection of me and the length of Ordinary Time.
  • Janelle
    Enjoyable; helped me develop a morning reading habitI meditated on the Psalm every day each week and divided the readings so that I read at least one every day. The downside was that I wasn't always reading Scripture every day (except for the Psalm), but I enjoyed being exposed to different poems and excerpts. I started late, so I only read a few weeks from this book, but I look forward to making my way through the entire thing next year. I never...
  • Tim
    A literary devotional for ordinary time, offering some 29 weeks of set prayer and Scripture readings, accompanied by literary texts (poems and excerpts from novels, heavily from 19th century England and Russia). Very well done. The Advent and Epiphany one is just as great.
  • Gina
    I have read this book twice and am very sure I will read it many times more. I love the collection of poetry and fiction. The work that must have gone into this collection (and the two others that go along with it) is impressive. A beautiful and moving daily devotional.
  • Kimberly Coyle
    My go-to devotional book for Ordinary Time. Arthur has exquisite taste in literature, and I find she always meets me right where I am with both scripture and art. I highly recommend every one of her literary guides.
  • Emily
    i started this half-way through, but it's been awesome!
  • Jennifer
    A lovely and inspiring collection of devotional readings for the fertile season of Ordinary Time.