Glorious Companions: Five Centuries of Anglican Spirituality

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Dec 20, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 360 pages
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This wonderful compendium of religious biographies offers a look inside the hearts and minds of significant shapers of Anglican spirituality over the past five centuries -- Thomas Cranmer, John Donne, George Herbert, John Wesley, Dorothy Sayers, C. S. Lewis, Madeleine L'Engle, and many more.

Covering twenty-nine of the most influential Anglican figures from the sixteenth century to the present, Richard H. Schmidt deftly chronicles their lives and work while capturing at the same time the deep personal faith that they have managed to communicate so powerfully to the rest of the world.

These icons of the Christian faith include not only bishops and scholars but also housewives, poets, novelists, and teachers. Each chapter contains a brief biographical sketch of its subject, a selection of short, representative quotations from his or her writings, and several questions for reflection and discussion.

Written in a personable style that brings readers into direct contact with some of the church's most admired witnesses, Glorious Companions will be valued both as a collection of insightful biographical information and as a lasting source of inspiration.

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This book is a compilation of twenty-nine "thinkers and spiritual guides" that have shaped the Episcopal Church. The majority worshiped, preached, wrote or taught within the Church of England, such as ... Read full review

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Profiles twenty-nine Anglicans over the past five hundred years, including John Donne, George Herbert, Desmond Tutu, and Madeleine L'Engle, The latter wrote, "Had Mary been filled with reason there'd ... Read full review


FREDERICK DENISON MAURICE 18051872 Citizen of the Kingdom
WILLIAM PORCHER DUBOSE 18361918 Rebel with a Cause
CHARLES GORE 18531932 Liberal or Conservative?
VIDA BUTTON SCUDDER 18611954 She Dreamt of a New World
ROLAND ALLEN 18681947 Missionary to the Missionaries
EVELYN UNDERHILL 18751941 Guide in the Life of Prayer
WILLIAM TEMPLE 18811944 Philosopher Prelate
DOROTHY L SAVERS 18931957 Whimsical Apologist

THOMAS TRAHERNE 16371674 Champion of Felicity
WILLIAM LAW 16861761 Commando in the Chapel of Ease
JOSEPH BUTLER 16921752 The Thinking Mans Bishop
JOHN WESLEY 17031791 Outside Agitator
CHARLES WESLEY 17071788 Skylark
SAMUEL JOHNSON 17091784 Spiritual Gladiator
HANNAH MORE 17451833 More than Lady Bountiful
CHARLES SIMEON 17591836 Pulpit Revolutionary
JOHN KEBLE 17921866 Herald of Revival
C S LEWIS 18981963 Mere Christian
VERNA J DOZIER B 1917 Reenvisioning the Laity
MADELEINE LENGLE B 1918 Teller of Tales
FESTO KIVENGERE 1921?1988 World Evangelist
DESMOND TUTU B 1931 Prophet of Forgiveness

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Page 5 - And here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and Bodies to be a reasonable holy and lively sacrifice unto thee...
Page 39 - Teach me to do the thing that pleaseth Thee, for Thou art my God : let Thy loving Spirit lead me forth into the land of righteousness. 11. Quicken me, O Lord, for Thy Name's sake : and for Thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.
Page 117 - In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther's preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed.
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Page 68 - And now in age I bud again, After so many deaths I live and write; I once more smell the dew and rain, And relish versing: O my only light, It cannot be That I am he, On whom thy tempests fell all night.

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