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Love's Mysteries

The Body, Grief, Precariousness and God

Love's Mysteries

The Body, Grief, Precariousness and God

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Publisher: Canterbury Press Norwich
ISBN: 9781786222817
Published: 30/09/2020

Love's Mysteries reflects powerfully on our fundamental limitations as creatures of flesh and bone, and what our experiences of grief, loss and fragility tell us about God and his astonishing choice to inhabit human flesh.

Rachel Mann explores what happens when our bodies are under pressure, living under conditions of trauma, violence, pain or distress, suggesting that the precariousness of life might be where we most authentically encounter God.

Her argument combines theological reflection with stories of communal and personal loss, from large-scale events such as terrorist attacks and the coronavirus pandemic to personal accounts of accompanying a dying person.

Throughout, she explores how the universal experience of fragility and grief can help us understand our own lives and our relationships with God and with others.

Rachel Mann

Rachel Mann is a published poet and author with a PhD on the poetry of Christina Rossetti. She is an Anglican priest in Manchester, teaches at the Manchester School of writing and was poet in residence at Manchester Cathedral. She can be found online at www.rachelmann.co.uk

'A stunning volume from one of the ascendant stars of Anglican theology. Rachel Mann opens our eyes and our hearts to the incarnate Christ who is one with us, both in our physicality and in that precariousness of human life which Covid19 has brought newly back into focus. Drawing on her own experiences of sickness and transformation, she applies her poet's grasp of words to offer her readers a spirituality at the same time challenging, compelling and ultimately comforting.' -- David Walker, Bishop of Manchester