Words That Listen

A Literary Companion to the Lectionary

Ian S. Markham and James Barney Hawkins, IV, Assistant Editor Greg Milliken

Mar/2018, 656 Pages, PAPER, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9780898699005

• A two volume set. Available only as a shrink-wrapped set in a slip case
• An accessible and distinctive anthology of texts to support preaching and enhance individual devotion
• Consulting editors include former Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold, Cynthia Kitteridge, Mark Oakley (Canon Chancellor, St. Paul's Cathedral, London)
• Volume 1 covers Advent to Ascension, Volume 2 Pentecost to end of Church Year

The great themes of faith are also the great themes of literature and the arts. As we come to terms with God, hope, faith, tragedy, guilt, fear, and love, so the poets, writers, musicians, and artists pick up the same themes, and their understanding can enrich and deepen our own. Words That Listen brings these two worlds together.
For each gospel, Markham and Hawkins offer four connecting resource suggestions—e.g., a poem, extract from a novel, a film/television/sporting illustration, and/or a humorous story—to illuminate, make connections, and spark new ways of looking at familiar stories. The suggestions for each Sunday include a brief summary and explanation of the extracts.

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Ian S. Markham, is Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary. He has held positions at institutions of higher learning in both the United States and the United Kingdom, including the University of Exeter, from which he received his doctoral degree. He also holds a Master of Letters in Philosophy and Ethics from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Divinity in Theology from the University of London. Markham serves as priest associate at St. Paul’s Church in Alexandria, Virginia, and is married to Lesley Markham; they have one son, Luke.

Barney Hawkins is Vice President, Associate Dean, and Professor at Virginia Theological Seminary and has more than 30 years of parish experience.