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Seasons of the Soul
An Intimate God in Liturgical Time
by Carla Mae Streeter
There is a beautifully lush lyricism to this series of short meditations on the liturgical seasons, probably because the author is also a poet and we get a sampling of her poetry interspersed between each meditation or contemplation. The word usage is vivid and evocative as she attempts to dig down into the significance of the seasons both as they stand in liturgical meaning but also as they are to us today, so colours, scents and secular involvement all meet together in her considerations of these holy times. There are seven contemplations in the book, each one tied to a season - so Advent, Christmastide, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Post Paschal Feasts, and of course, Ordinary Time - however in reality there are nine contemplations because to overlook the introduction and conclusion as contemplations in their own right would be to do the book and its writings an injustice. This book is a wonderful devotional tool for anyone wanting to consider the movement of the church through the year.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (09/02/13)