In this long awaited follow-on volume to his Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent book, The Shape of Living, the renowned theologian David Ford explores how we can live wisely - not poring earnestly over difficult choices, but in the presence of Holy Wisdom - 'God's darling and delight, playing in his presence and over the whole world'.
Such wisdom fires our hearts and imaginations, as well as our intellects, and enables us to live fully open to God, to others, and to life's complexities, in freedom and joy. Playfulness is something many of us leave behind in youth, yet it is a primary characteristic of the kingdom of God - the joy of play pervades creation and should pervade our lives. Drawing on scripture and the poetry of Micheal O'Siadhail, David Ford enable us to recover a lost dimension in our Christian living.
"This is a tour de force. We all take part in the drama of living, and Ford's wisdom shapes our engagement with its depths and fullness. This extraordinary book draws on the riches of his own experience, contemporary poetry, and the mysterious Gospel of John. It both explores the complexities of daily life and inspires wise and creative responses." -- Micheal O'Siadhail, award-winning poet
"David Ford draws theology into dailyness, discarding the modern division of 'head' from 'heart'. This memoir unselfconsciously blends personal experience, poetry, fiction, drama, jazz, Scripture, along with the suffering of the disabled, those of the Shoah, and the dying, inviting us to read our own interiority through the great minds and tragic moments that have nourished us on the paths we have trod." -- Ellen Charry, Princeton Theological Seminary
"David Ford here combines a treatise in individual and social anthropology with a reading of the fourth Gospel in order to assist us in the 'search for wisdom in the drama of living.' Altogether this is a book that may properly engage the attention of theological and humanistic readers alike." -- Geoffrey Wainwright, Duke University
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