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Overview Shaped around the writings of Caryll Houselander, "A Child in Winter" is a daybook for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. It serves as a faithful companion as readers watch in Advent and grow large with the presence of God through Christmas and Epiphany. Readers can enter these holy seasons with an increased faith, renewed joy and the promise of transformation and fulfillment.
Publishers Description Shaped around the writings of Caryll Houselander, A Child in Winter is a daybook for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. If you are familiar with Houselander's poetic grace, you will recognize her spirit of awe and abandonment to God. If you are new to her legacy, you will be drawn to her heart and eye for God's goodness and beauty that is artfully captured here.
A Child in Winter is a faithful companion as you watch in Advent and grow large with the presence of God through Christmas and Epiphany.
You will enter these holy seasons with an increased faith, renewed joy, and the promise of transformation and fulfillment.
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Studio: Sheed & Ward
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.94" Width: 5.69" Height: 0.76" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2000
Publisher Sheed & Ward
ISBN 158051085X ISBN13 9781580510851
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More About Thomas Hoffman
Caryll Houselander was an English laywoman mystic who lived through the ravagaes of World War II, wrote and illustrated children's books, poetry, and books on prayer and spiritual life. Thomas Hoffman was an ordained Lutheran pastor before entering the Catholic Church, and has a degree in Liturgical Studies from St. John's University, Minnesota.
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A Child in Winter Jan 12, 2004
This was good spiritual reading to help keep the Christian in the mindset of the real meaning of this time dedicated to the incarnation and to help him truly appreciate the advent/Christmas season in all of its liturgical length--from the first Sunday of Advent to the Baptism of Jesus. Caryll Houselander's writings stand easily on their own, and are well worth reading in their full and original texts, but Hoffman's reflections and short prayers were usually a good addition. They are nicely arranged to fit the season. While it is more common to use this type of spiritual aid during Lent, this volume shows that Advent is an equally appropriate time to use the same sort of approach. During the hustle and bustle of December and the "new beginnings" of January, these little reflections, short as they each were, serve as a healthy opportunity to reflect on what it is all really about. Though the tree and decorations of the cultural celebration may have long been returned to their place in the attic, A Child in Winter carries the reader gently through to the absolute completion of this holy season.
Advent with a Divine Eccentric Dec 11, 2000
The twentieth-century bohemian artist Caryll Houselander is a fascinating figure in English spirituality. Described by Maisie Ward as a "divine eccentric," the mystic Houselander focused her work on those on the margins, especially troubled children and refugees. Permeating her vision of God as Father and Mother was an empathy with others, a firm scriptural grounding, a gift for seeing the divine in the ordinary, an intuitive Christology, and a devotion to Mary and the saints.
In "A Child in Winter: Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany with Caryll Houselander," Thomas Hoffman has selected passages from Houselander's works and organized them into a series of daily meditations for Advent and the twelve days of Christmas. He provides a scriptural passage to introduce each meditation, followed by a brief comment and closing prayer.
The meditation for the Saturday of the first week of Advent has stuck in my mind. In a passage from "The Passion of the Infant Christ," Houselander makes a distinction between "expensive" and "simple" people. Expensive people are those whose demands on us -- whether because they are "untruthful or touchy or hypersensitive or that they have an exaggerated idea of their own importance or that they have a pose" -- are so complicated that "we cannot respond spontaneously and simply, without anxiety," to them. Simple persons, in contrast, are those who accept themselves as they are and consequently make only minimal demands on others. In his comment, Hoffman takes Houselander's trenchant remarks and suggests that fidelity to our baptismal vows will move us away from being "expensive" persons and result in an honest gift of self to others.