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Lovesongs & Reproaches


Passionate Conversations with God

L. William Countryman

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PAPERBACK , 160 pages , 5 x 7

  • Jan/2010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8192-2394-4

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Those who have never had extended conversations with God, ranging from complaints and anger to love and joy, can draw upon a lifetime of such conversations as Countryman grapples with the reality of evil and loss, as well as hope for the fulfillment of life. The author takes liberties with the scriptures in order to explore them with new seriousness and argues with both God and scripture freely in the process. His poetic style takes its cue from the biblical poetry of the Psalms, Job, and the Song of Solomon, but moves freely in the realm of ordinary spoken English.

 

L. William Countryman is a biblical scholar, an Episcopal priest, and retired professor from Church Divinity School of the Pacific. He is known for spirituality works such as Living on the Border of the Holy, Forgiven and Forgiving, and The Mystical Way of the Fourth Gospel. His reputation was established by his classic Dirt, Greed, & Sex: Sexual Ethics in the New Testament and Their Implications for Today.

 

“Bill Countryman has woven a tapestry in which poetry and theology and story-telling, celebration and lament flow together seemingly effortlessly. It makes compelling reading. Drawing us on with words that energize, and arresting images that will resonate like lectio in the heart and mind.” —Esther de Waal, author of Living with Contradiction: An Introduction to Benedictine Spirituality

“Bill Countryman shows us yet again what all of the great poets have shown us: that serious, first-level theological utterance requires poetic force with all its elusive, confrontive power. Countryman voices the real world and insists that the God whom he addresses pay attention and enter into the hurt alongside the rest of us. Those on the receiving end of this rhetoric will receive, as well, the gifts of courage and freedom for their own faith. It matters that God listens, as Countryman relentlessly insists.” —Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary

“Love poems always reveal as much about the lover as they do about the beloved. Certainly, in this deeply passionate, brilliantly phrased suite of poems, everyone who ever loved the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will discover himself or herself. For me, however, there is more than that in this shining collection: these fifty poems are as complete and satisfying a record as I have yet read of my own love affair with Him.” —Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why

For Immediate Release March 11, 2010
Contact: Bill Falvey, 917-373-8510, wfalvey@cpg.org
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Countryman Confirms and Criticizes in New Book of Divine Conversations
Free Chapter Excerpt Available on Request


(New York, NY) – “And there was light. You there! Maker of all! Why did you not do better?”

So begins chapter one by accomplished author and academician William L. Countryman in his passionate, new book, Lovesongs & Reproaches, a no-holds-barred conversation with God, from Morehouse Publishing.

 With expressions ranging from complaints and anger to love and joy, Countryman draws upon a lifetime of such conversations to grapple with the realities of evil and loss, as well as hope for the fulfillment of life.  His poetic style takes its cue from the Biblical poetry of the Psalms, Job, and the Song of Solomon, but moves freely in the realm of ordinary spoken English, as he explores Divine relationships with directness and candor:

Lovesongs & Reproaches: Passionate Conversations with God
L. William Countryman  978-0-8192-2394-4  $16.00  Paper  112 pgs  5x7  Morehouse

A word document of the complete chapter will be forwarded on request and may be reprinted with permission by emailing wfalvey@cpg.org.

The best-selling author and scholar takes liberties with the scriptures in order to explore them with new seriousness, and he argues with both God and scripture freely in the process. 

Prominent advance readers summarized the work, as follows:  “Bill Countryman shows us yet again what all of the great poets have shown us: that serious, first-level theological utterance requires poetic force with all its elusive, confrontive power. Countryman voices the real world and insists that the God whom he addresses pay attention and enter into the hurt alongside the rest of us. Those on the receiving end of this rhetoric will receive, as well, the gifts of courage and freedom for their own faith. It matters that God listens, as Countryman relentlessly insists.” —Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary

“Love poems always reveal as much about the lover as they do about the beloved. Certainly, in this deeply passionate, brilliantly phrased suite of poems, everyone who ever loved the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will discover himself or herself. For me, however, there is more than that in this shining collection: these fifty poems are as complete and satisfying a record as I have yet read of my own love affair with Him.” —Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why

“Bill Countryman has woven a tapestry in which poetry and theology and story-telling, celebration and lament flow together seemingly effortlessly. It makes compelling reading. Drawing us on with words that energize, and arresting images that will resonate like lectio in the heart and mind.” —Esther de Waal, author of Living with Contradiction: An Introduction to Benedictine Spirituality

L. William Countryman is a Biblical scholar, an Episcopal priest, and former professor of biblical studies at Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Dr. Countryman is well known for spirituality works such as Living on the Border of the Holy, Forgiven and Forgiving, and The Mystical Way of the Fourth Gospel.  His academic classic, Dirt, Greed, & Sex: Sexual Ethics in the New Testament and Their Implications for Today, continues to impact and influence theologians and their students from all faith traditions.

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