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1andersoj
Dez 12, 2006, 1:39pm

I wonder if others have the same experience I have had, where your approach and understandings about what happens in formal, corporate worship is strengthened and informed by books or other resources which fail to be explicitly about worship, per se.

This is one of the things I love about LibraryThing, because at least in the dimensions of book collections, we can discover a bit about these less "on-the-nose" connections. For instance, I'm very interested in learning what folks who assert an interest in "Christian Worship" have on their fiction shelves, what they read in popular science, and what they have in common that I have not yet discovered.

I'll nominate my absolute favorite, which I note a few of us share: Father Capon's remarkable book, Supper of the Lamb, has had a remarkable and enduring effect on me. In ways I've not fully understood, his ruminations on the nuts and bolts (and theology) of food well prepared have stuck with me.

This is, at root, a book about preparing daily and celebratory meals, rooted in real-live recipes and opinionated diatribes on appropriate cookware. But somehow, this book has deepened my experience and sharpened my attention in the sacraments in a way no book about worship ever has.

I'm curious to hear if others have had this experience...

--JA

2vpfluke
Dez 29, 2006, 4:41pm

I had a sense of what Episcopal worship is like from reading Elizabeth Cunningham, Return of the Great Goddess. The book is perhaps more pagan than Christian, but is the story of a quest by an Episcopal rector's wife in which the Eucharist was described in vivid detail.
-- Bob Campbell

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