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Beyond the Broken Lights: Simple Words at Sacred Edges [Paperback]

By Charles E. Poole (Author)
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Taking its title from a line of a poem written by Alfred Tennyson, Beyond the Broken Lights is a thoughtful and inviting look at our questions and the need for clarity in the depths of the mystery of God. Like Tennyson, we cannot find satisfactory explanations, complete resolutions, or simple take-it-or-leave-it answers. Instead, our systems of theological position, conventional wisdom, and standard orthodoxy have their day and then cease to be. They can be described as "broken lights." Poole examines these broken lights, and tells us that since there are no other lights - no perfect, seamless, unbroken lights that human words can shine on sacred truth - it is the broken lights that become precious to us. These are the lights by which we live. Poole warns, however, that we must not clutch them too tightly lest we cut ourselves on them, or wave them, lest we injure someone; because, after all, they are broken lights. Beyond these broken lights is God, somewhere past the place where words run out. The words that wait their turn inside this book seek to recover something that was before the broken lights, and they long to glimpse something that is beyond the broken lights.

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Taking its title from a line of a poem written by Alfred Tennyson, Beyond the Broken Lights is a thoughtful and inviting look at our questions and the need for clarity in the depths of the mystery of God. Like Tennyson, we cannot find satisfactory explanations, complete resolutions, or simple take-it-or-leave-it answers. Instead, our systems of theological position, conventional wisdom, and standard orthodoxy have their day and then cease to be. They can be described as "broken lights." Poole examines these broken lights, and tells us that since there are no other lights - no perfect, seamless, unbroken lights that human words can shine on sacred truth - it is the broken lights that become precious to us. These are the lights by which we live. Poole warns, however, that we must not clutch them too tightly lest we cut ourselves on them, or wave them, lest we injure someone; because, after all, they are broken lights. Beyond these broken lights is God, somewhere past the place where words run out. The words that wait their turn inside this book seek to recover something that was before the broken lights, and they long to glimpse something that is beyond the broken lights.

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Studio: Smyth & Helwys Publishing
Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.96" Width: 6.01" Height: 0.36"
Weight:   0.44 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 24, 2013
Publisher   Smyth & Helwys Publishing
ISBN  157312270X  
ISBN13  9781573122702  


Availability  106 units.
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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Charles E. Poole is the author of several best-selling titles for Smyth & Helwys, including Beyond the Broken Lights, Don't Cry Past Tuesday, and The Flute Beneath the Gold. A nationally recognized speaker, he has served churches in Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, and Washington D.C. He lives in Jackson, Mississippi.

Charles E. Poole currently resides in Jackson, in the state of Mississippi.

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Great Answers to Ordinary Questions  Jul 10, 2000
To Poole, the truth about God and life is deeper, higher and wider than all our tries at the truth can confess. When it comes to the gospel of God, it is as Tennyson penned, "Our little sytems have their day.....They are but broken lights of Thee And Thou , O Lord, art more than they." Poole gives penetrating examples of growing in grace, stressing how hard it is to embrace change. Poole asks questions we all ask privately, and gives sensible answers, or no answers---where there are none. I was not expecting to like this book. After all he is a Baptist minister. But this is ecumenical writing. I'll be interested to know if Poole is still in the Baptist Church, since he feels that women are also called to do important work in the church.
 

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