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The Light of Glory: Readings from John Dunne for Lent and Easter Week Paperback – 1 Jan 1998

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Morehouse Publishing (1 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819217255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819217257
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 14 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,408,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Unique Journey
"Christopher Webber offers us a unique journey through Lent with his apt choice of passages from Donne's sermons and poems." --Alan Jones, Dean of Grace Cathedral

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 July 2001
Format: Paperback
The concept behind this book struck me as brilliant--and still does. Unfortunately, the compiler/editor feels that Donne needs his help to speak to a contemporary audience. Accordingly, this is to real Donne what the most pedestrian parts of the Alternative Service Book are to the real Book of Common Prayer. For those who find Donne too strong to take neat, this sadly diluted work may fill a niche. Some, after all, prefer a cheap blend to a well-aged malt whisky. I do not. Similarly, give me Donne as written by Donne.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
This book is pseudo-Donne as edited by a p.c. new-Anglican. 3 Aug. 1999
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When I spotted this title, I was delighted. The idea seemed excellent, nay, inspired. Upon receiving and reviewing it, however, I was dismayed to find that, while the excerpts have been judiciously selected, they have also been subjected to an editorial process which deprives Donne of much of his rhetorical force. For instance, Donne's quotations from the Bible are replaced with those of a modern translation, both his language and syntax are modified to conform to modern American practice, and his prose further altered to reflect gender inclusivity. Is it really necessary to change every "thee" to a "you" in order to make these writings accessible? Isn't it hubris in the highest degree to re-write the "Holy Sonnets" or the "Hymn to God the Father"? This edition may be fine for those who like their Donne strained to the consistency of baby food. Others should be forewarned that this isn't Donne, but Donne as translated into contemporary Anglican liturgy-speak. Deeply disappointing.
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Oh dear 8 Mar. 2003
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I am afraid that I must agree with this book's other reviewer. I, too, was delighted to see this title, and chose it to be my daily meditation reading for Lent. After only three days, however, I am determined to exchange it at the church bookstore for a title that is more fitting the solemnity and introspection of the season.
It is simply mond-boggling that someone, particularly an Anglican scholar or priest, feels called to edit Donne in the way. One of the glories of the Anglican tradition is an acute sensitivity to ritual, language, and the spiritual life of the intellectual, and unfortunately, this book seems to respect none of these. It's such a disappointment. Who better to read on the 40 days of Lent than John Donne? I will still do so, but on my own, in the original, glorious language.
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