HAROLD FICKETT, ED.
Title: The Things in Heaven and Earth: Exploring the Supernatural
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Paraclete Press (MA) September 1998
1557251886 / 9781557251886
Seller ID: 20070607111647
''A numberless series of sayings and lives of the saints bears witness to the reality of the light, so that one would have to be mad to deny the certainty of these appearances of the light that is full of grace'' (Pavel Florensky, in The Pillar and Ground of the Truth). Well, if not mad, then at least forgetful, or numb, or dull -- and certainly all of us but a chosen few share in one of these conditions most the time. Hence the great value of a collection such as this, which reminds in diverse ways of Him who is ''everywhere present and fills all things.'' The contributors herein vary widely in their approach to the supernatural. Some are autobiographical or anecdotal (Madeleine L'Engle, Susan Bergman, Ron Austin, Ron Borofka), some draw upon lives of the saints (Ron Hansen on St. Francis, A.G. Harmon on Edith Stein, Erin McGraw on Teresa of Avila), the miracle of Scripture (Paul Mariani) or divine presence in the natural world (Larry Woiwode). Yet others (Deal Hudson, Philip Johnson and Paul Vitz) argue philosophically for the truth of the supernatural in the face of modernity's denial. And Luci Shaw and Doris Betts offer almost lyrical responses to our ever-present and ultimate enemies, doubt and death. Despite their diversity of approach, all these writers share a disarming honesty and clarity of expression. In their being gathered together, the editor has made his own compelling statement about ''the certainty of these appearances of the light that is full of grace.''