Item description for The Circle of Seasons: Meeting God in the Church Year by Kimberlee Conway Ireton...
Overview More than Christmas, Easter, and points in between, the Christian year is a way of interpreting lives through the eyes of faith. With suggestions of practices, prayers, and disciplines for each season, this book is an honest, brave introduction to a Christian way of marking time.
Publishers Description The seasons tell a story. Are you listening?The church year is a uniquely Christian way of marking time. When Kimberlee Conway Ireton began to understand this, even the most ordinary incidents of her life began to resonate with the stories of Scripture.In this book, Kimberlee follows the structure of the liturgical year--from Advent to the second cycle of Ordinary Time--describing the origin of each observance and its ongoing relevance for our lives.In a word, The Circle of Seasons offers you structure--a simple and traditional way of building your life around your faith, rather than the other way around.
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Studio: Intervarsity Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.22" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.43" Weight: 0.39 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2008
Publisher IVP Books
ISBN 083083625X ISBN13 9780830836253
Reviews - What do customers think about The Circle of Seasons: Meeting God in the Church Year?
Practical Reflections on the Church Calendar Nov 12, 2009
Kinberlee Conway Ireton's book on the church calendar is a refreshingly practical look at how ancient practices can find new relevance within our contemporary way of life. Where many books on the church calendar are nostalgically romantic portrayals of tradition Conway Ireton allows the church calendar to breathe freely in our modern way of doing things, and thereby giving the ebb and flow of the church calendar particular meaning (and sometimes new meaning) in the lives of modern believers.
Conway Ireton uses the metaphor of the circle to emphasize the unity of purpose and narrative within the church calendar, that when speaking of the last week in the church calendar, the Feast of Christ the King, the body of Christ has:
"come full circle. We end the church year proclaiming and celebrating Christ's second coming. The next week, a new church year begins, and we circle into Advent again, living into our longing for God to come to us, crying with generation of God's people: Come, Lord Jesus!" (124)
The strongest points of Conway Ireton's book are the "Living the Season" sections that follow each chapter where she shares practical ways to celebrate the seasons of the church calendar within the home. A belief that church does not stop once you walk out of the pew infuses Conway Ireton's thesis that we can meet God in the church year, and she presents the best way to do this is a full re-orientation of our families's lives around the church calendar, that the story of God becomes the narrative of the family (and church) and not the story of the world.
The "Living the Season" sections will be an invaluable benefit for persons learning about the church calendar for the first time, as Conway Ireton gives ideas, crafts, and projects to do with the family that will help all recount and know the full story of God, the one that goes from birth to the coming kingdom.
Highly recommended Feb 14, 2009
I am enjoying reading this book as I go through the church year! I would highly recommend to anyone who is unfamiliar with the liturgical seasons or anyone who wants a fresh approach to it!
Helps bring the church year to life! Dec 23, 2008
From ways to mark the seasons of the Church at home, to creative fasting and prayer practices, Conway Ireton's "The Circle of Seasons" invites us to enter more deeply into the rhythms of our faith community. With eloquent writing, the author paints a solid theological canvas for every liturgical season, while providing helpful hands-on ideas for individuals, families, and worship leaders to "live the season." This book is sheer delight!
It's More Than Church Seasons Nov 30, 2008
Yes, Conway Ireton's new book is about the seasons of the Christian church calendar, but it is so, so much more. This is a winsome and vulnerable testament about life, relationships, and a life journey. This book moved me to do two things: celebrate the seasons of the church calendar more purposefully and make certain I'm more transparent in my relationships. The Circle of Seasons: Meeting God in the Church Year
If you like the Advent Conspiracy, read this book! Nov 25, 2008
I've always been perplexed by our Christian holidays and overwhelmed by the pressure to buy just the right gift for the Hallmark season du jour. This book is perfect for the person who loves the "Advent Conspiracy" concept and wants to apply that sense of living intentionally to the entire year - not just during Advent. This book is easy to follow, well organized, a "quick" read, with lots of personal stories, and practical ideas that the average person can use in their real life.