Advent is a season of waiting and anticipation in which the waiting itself is strangely rich and fulfilling. Poetry can help us fathom the depths of Advent's many paradoxes: dark and light, emptiness and fulfillment, ancient and ever new. In Waiting on the Word: A Poem a Day for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, bestselling poet Malcolm Guite chooses a favorite poem from across the Christian spiritual and English literary traditions and offers incisive seasonal reflections on it.
For every day from Advent Sunday through Epiphany, Guite blends the familiar and the new, ranging from spiritual classics such as Edmund Spenser, John Donne, George Herbert, and Christina Rossetti, to contemporary voices Luci Shaw and Scott Cairns. His own acclaimed sequence of sonnets for the great Advent antiphons are also included.
Hardback: 176 pages
Dimensions: 5.51 x 0.31 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Malcolm Guite is a poet-priest and Chaplain of Girton College Cambridge, but often travels around Great Britain, and to North America, to give lectures, concerts, and poetry readings. He has authored several books as well as contributed poetry and essays to several collections. You can learn more about Guite (such as his Canterbury rock band) at his website https://malcolmguite.wordpress.com/.
PRAISE"In keeping with the spirit of the Advent season, Malcolm Guite has given another gift to the church. [...] Our wise and experienced guide knows personally what it is to wait on the Word through the cold and darker seasons of the heart, and is therefore trained to perceive the first in-breaking of its light into the darkness of the world which has yet to understand or 'overcome it' (John 1:5)." - Travis Buchanan, contributing writer for Transpositions: Theology, Imagination and the Arts