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John Henry Newman: Prayers, Poems and Meditations [Paperback]

A. N. Wilson
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20 Sep 2007
John Henry Newman is recognized as one of the greatest Christian thinkers of the modern age. He was also a man of prayer and deep spirituality. A. N. Wilson's wide-ranging anthology of Newman's prayers, poems and meditations will appeal to all those who are fascinated by this inspirational man. The readings cover the general themes of faith, prayer, the contemplation of Christ, discipleship, the meaning of holiness, and the hope of heaven. In an engaging Introduction, Wilson brings fresh insight to Newman's life and thought. This carefully arranged anthology will provide comfort and sustenance to all those who cherish Newman's writings and to those who are keen to discover one of our best loved spiritual writers for the first time.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing (20 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 028105973X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0281059737
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 23 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A. N. Wilson has written biographies of C. S. Lewis, Iris Murdoch, Leo Tolstoy and John Betjeman and is the author of The Victorians and After the Victorians. He has also written numerous fiction titles, including My Name is Legion and, most recently, Winnie and Wolf.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Something to think about 27 Nov 2010
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I saw this book advertised when ordering a book about Newman. However good Newman biographes may be, I wanted to read the writings of the man himself and make up my own mind. I have found Newman's acedemic works difficult to understand and hoped that a book of short personal writings would be more accessible.This collection of passages taken from a number of sources including personal letters to his friends,is both fascinating and moving. The book is divided into daily readings each of which take only a few moments to read but provoked much thought. I warmed to the very human person that emerges from these writings. Reading not only changed my perception of Newman but has helped me to reflect on my own life. In a manner of speaking it feels as if I have met the man himself and grown fond of him!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The true Path 22 Oct 2010
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A book of inspiration. Writings of an erudite man, a person whose life and teachings have inspired many.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for. 12 Dec 2013
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I bought this book to read to a Catholic friend who was dying. She had been sustained through her illness by the writings of John Henry Newman. In the last few hours of her life, even though she was not conscious, I continued to read some of the prayers and short meditations to her. Perhaps she heard them.
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It is hard to describe the wonderfully peculiar way this saintly man has graced our lives, and this really isn't the venue. But for those seeking a selection of daily meditations to deepen their spiritual lives, this collection may momentarily slake their thirst; it's a good start. We finally finished Newman`s Unquiet Grave: The Reluctant Saint, and look forward Ian Kerr's John Henry Newman: A Biography. Newman was instrumental in influencing the conversion of J.R.R. Tolkien's mother. Having savoured Tree and Leaf: Including MYTHOPOEIA, the following quote is apropos, "Even on the ... legends of a popular mythology He casts His shadow, and is dimly discerned in the ode or epic, as in troubled water or in fantastic dreams. All that is good, all that is true, all that is beautiful, all that is beneficent, be it great or small, be it perfect or fragmentary, natural as well as supernatural, moral as well as material, comes from Him" (Newman, as quoted by Wilson, 2007:11).
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Henry Newman 19 Oct 2010
I bought this wonderful book for my son-in-law and he was over the moon, an avid reader, not his normal genre. My son-in-law couldn't leave it down.

I highly recommend this book.
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