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Meditations on a Theme
by Anthony Bloom
Publisher:Continuum - A Bloomsbury Company
'Learning spiritual discipline', 'joy coupled with strenuous effort', 'the Kingdom of God is to be conquered’, 'the end of our journey is our meeting with the Risen Christ': some phrases to give an impression of Metropolitan Anthony's robust guidance and personal encouragement, so that we can be led 'to the complete trust that alone can bring us to true conversion, to a return towards the Lord...to our coming home'. After 'Girding our Loins', we meet Bartimaeus, the Publican and Pharisee, Zacchaeus, the Prodigal Son, the ten Virgins, Sheep and Goats, and other Biblical events on 'The Journey', before reaching 'The Goal. The Resurrection and the Cross'. Unlike so many contemporary books on spirituality, these are lengthy reflections, first published in 1972. This 'journey' will require quality time to be put aside: all part of the necessary, and fruitful, 'discipline' and 'effort'.
Reviewer: J.Nicholas Latham (07/03/04)