By Michael Coffey,Dale Griffith,Walter Brueggemann

This number of poetic reflections is a wealthy source for a devoted mind's eye. Michael Coffey's poems discover the deep questions and cheerful affirmations of Christian religion. by no means settling for simple solutions or straight-forward interpretations, Coffey's writing invitations the reader into new non secular territory the place the unusual and unforeseen, the gorgeous and painful, develop into an stumble upon with the holy.

Anyone getting ready to evangelise or educate on biblical texts will locate the following phrases that encourage, problem, and create new inroads for religion. a person looking meditative or devotional readings of Scripture will discover a better half for considerate mirrored image and prayer. masking many of the Sundays and first gala's of the church's liturgical yr, those writings will enhance all who plan, arrange, and perform worship that spans the tremendous subject matters of introduction, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, and the normal Sundays.

"Mike Coffey's poetic reflections have lengthy sparked my mind's eye. they've got the creative aptitude you'll be able to see additionally in his workplace and worship house first and foremost English [Lutheran Church]. Having forwarded lots of those through the years, i'm thankful to determine them in now in print. might they tug and nudge on the edges of your realization, permitting you to listen to, see, and suppose the biblical tale in new ways."
--Michael Rinehart, Bishop, Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

"Coffey writes within the language of the soul concerning the nice secret of existence and Incarnation. His booklet of poetry is a doorway to the Sacred and you'll be very blessed and remodeled by means of tasting Mike Coffey's poems, simply as i used to be. Be open to a brand new means of seeing Scripture and Theology, now not from the keep watch over tower of cause, yet from the darkish oceanic fluids of your soul."
--Antonio Ramirez, writer of The guy: Reflections on Male Spirituality and Identity

"There's an indisputable, concrete fact to those poems. substantial rules are tethered to actual photos and modern speech: nanoseconds, Scotch tape, the Brooklyn Bridge, Willy Wonka, even! yet do not be fooled via their accessibility. those poems are labyrinthine and so they spiral in to a fancy, enigmatic heart: the grim, awe-filling, all-filling center of God. those poems enflesh that secret and remind us that after and for it slow God used to be human and that if we absolutely understood him, then he would not be God."
--Jill Alexander Essbaum, writer of latest York instances bestselling publication Hausfrau

Michael Coffey is an ordained minister within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the US, at present serving as pastor of First English Lutheran Church in Austin, TX. He has formerly served parishes in Burnet, TX and San Antonio, TX. he's a contributing author for Sundays and Seasons and Sundays and Seasons: Preaching; and Classical issues: helpful knowledge from Greece and Rome (2006).

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