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Overview One Hundred Tons Of Ice is a collection of thirty-one beautifully written and wonderfully moving reflections on the Christian life. Wood weaves together history, legends, and references to popular culture seamlessly with biblical passages to create reflections that are both educational and inspirational.
This is a collection of thirty-one beautifully written and wonderfully moving sermon-length reflections that read more like stories from Lake Wobegone. Wood weaves together history, legends, and references to popular culture seamlessly with biblical passages to create reflections that are both inspirational and educational.
"A modern Scheherezade, this gifted United Methodist preacher unspools a series of compelling stroies as he seeks to draw out the presence of God in the historical, the legendary, the ordinary, and the bizarre events of human life. . . . This debut collection has the potential to be a book for all seasons." --"Publisher's Weekly"
From Publishers Weekly A modern Scheherezade, this gifted United Methodist pastor unspools a series
of compelling stories as he seeks to draw out the presence of God in the
historical, the legendary, the ordinary and the bizarre events of human life.
Enriched but not overloaded with personal experience, this collection of
sermonic tales is loosely organized around the seasons of the year. Though he
entices the reader with engagingly anecdotal reflections on cultures as
diverse as old society Newport and gossip columnist Louella Parson's hometown
of Dixon, Ill., the essayist has a larger goal in mind. With an engagingly
approachable style, Wood continually draws the reader back to meditate on and
sometimes grapple with the contemporary meaning of the life and work of Jesus
Christ. Whether he is using his hometown IGA supermarket to illustrate the
virtues of simplicity, or President Thomas Jefferson's abridged Bible to
bring home a point about the complexity of scripture, he has an elegantly
minimalist turn of phrase. It says all he wants to and no more. "There is one
light, one person who illuminates that darkness, one person who shines
constantly after our resources are gone," writes Wood in an essay on Christmas
lights. "There is only one, and we need only one." Wood's biblical erudition
blended with his concern for contemporary environmental and social issues
should help him appeal to both evangelical and mainline Christians. This debut
collection has the potential to be a book for all seasons. (Jan.) Copyright
2003 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews One Hundred Tons of Ice and Other Gospel Stories by Lawrence Wood has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 11/10/2003 page 59
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.48" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.59" Weight: 0.56 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2004
Publisher PRESBYTERIAN PUBLISHING #86
ISBN 0664226876 ISBN13 9780664226879
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More About Lawrence Wood
Wood is pastor of Fremont United Methodist Church in Fremont, Michigan. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.
Lawrence Wood currently resides in Fremont, in the state of Michigan.
Reviews - What do customers think about One Hundred Tons of Ice and Other Gospel StoriesÂ?
chronicle of one man's growth of faith Apr 8, 2005
One Hundred Tons of Ice is a chronicle of one man's growth of faith as he witnesses the events of life and nature with an eye to reality and a heart bent to Heaven. It is an inspiring book that will encourage you to see God at work among us in ways previously unnoticed-- new revelations of old gospel truths. At times it challenges the mind, but unfailingly feeds the soul.
Great Stories, Mediocre Reflections Jan 10, 2005
The stories are the real winners in this book--a collection of the personal, the ordinary, the bizarre, and the off-beat. The author tells these true stories in a simple yet alluring way, making the reader salivate for more. And the connections between the stories and the accompanying biblical reflections are unexpected and thought-provoking. But when it comes to the biblical reflections themselves, the author's commentary is mostly flat and unsurprising. I found myself wanting a lot more stories and a lot less of the author's reflections.
Lessons for Life Mar 3, 2004
I have read this book twice and given it as gifts to several friends who work to make Gospel teachings a model for their everyday lives. There is something here for everyone--joy, sadness, hope. I especially recommend it to those in any profession related to Christian education or the ministry...it should be in every church library.
Review for One Hundred Tons of Ice..., by Lawrence Wood Mar 2, 2004
One Hundred Tons of Ice and Other Gospel Stories is a delightful book of stories. Rev. Wood shares interesting historical information from the mundane and sometimes not so mundane events in the lives of people. He then uses those events to share the Christian faith in a refreshing perspective. I truly enjoyed the book's sense of God being in all things. Rev. Wood has an insightful way of sharing the wonder of God. What "spiritual imagination"!
What a Super Book Jan 13, 2004
This book is really wonderful, and so well written! In the essay, "Swing Time" Lawrence Wood tells how Fred Astairs clips have been held back from being used to honor Ginger Rogers, but have been sold for use in "Dirt Devil" commercials. Then he ties that observation in to how people who want to profit from the image of Jesus Christ could stand to be introduced to the real Jesus Christ. After relating a very appropriate passage from Ecclesiasticus, he says, "Fame or obscurity, they were all the same to Jesus of Nazareth. He was mindful not of image, but reality..."
Again and again Wood takes an obscure or bizarre story, turns it around in front of us until the Gospel shows through. But these are not the internet-forward type of miracle stories that are to remind us that sometimes miracles happen. Most are stories of everyday occurrences to typical people which show that God is active in these lives.
One story, "A Sticky Situation" tells of a huge molasses spill in Boston in 1919. The story is a great read in itself, the way Wood writes it. But he takes it several levels deeper when he connects it to the lasting consequences of sin in our lives--and the cleansing power of grace.
I couldn't have any higher a recommendation for this book. I am a pastor, but I wouldn't encourage my parishioners to buy it--I want to steal stories from it for years.