Etty Hissesun - A Life Transformed, by Patrick Woodhouse
This book explores the diary writings of a 27-year old Dutch Jewish woman in enemy occupied Amsterdam, under Nazi control, beginning in 1941. Over the course of two and a half years - we gain insight into her transformed understanding of chaos, suffering and a learned spirituality of hope in the darkest period of the Twentieth Century. For years, I have gone back to this book to help gain perspective on how I might see life's tragic aspects with a deeper, mystical confidence. Perhaps the reason I was initially attracted to read this book - is that its Forward was written by the then, Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. Don't miss her chapter on "Refusing to Hate."
Rowan Williams - Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer
Published in 2014, the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, reflects on the fundamental aspects of our faith that have remained constant throughout our common life together. In these short erudite talks, Williams offers readers four pastoral meditations on what he considers are the basic elements of our tradition in a wonderfully thought-provoking and accessible style. As we pray for those amongst us who are readying themselves for the sacramental rites of Confirmation, Reaffirmation, and Reception it might also be a good time for us to revisit and reflect on the core elements of what Being Christian encompasses. I hope you'll join me and I look forward to our conversations.