I wish everyone could read this book. I understand that not everyone would think they would want to, for different reasons. But I wish it, anyway, because it is a beautiful book that has the effect of opening a reader’s (my) eyes to the delightful, marvelous, wondrous, good, true, vital things, ordinary things, that surround us continually, and so, reawakening a keen sense of gratitude for those things.

Having something that reawakens a keen sense of gratitude for the remarkable, taken-for-granted miracle that is ordinary everyday life seems like a good thing to wish on people.

Also, this is an unexpectedly good theology book. The theology is solidly and humanely orthodox, engaging rather than difficult to read, and clear rather than obscure. All this can rarely be said of theology books. That makes this one truly extraordinary.

It made its way onto the reading list because of this post on Beth Merrill Neel’s blog, for which, if for no other reason, I am now in her continuing debt.

It finally occurred to me I could do something towards making my own wish (see above) come true.

And so, this post.
red line embellished

red line embellished

Images: “Book Tower” (detail), Deror avi, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons; Cover, Brian Doyle, A Book of Uncommon Prayer, Sorin Books, 2014.