Ms. Humphrey, professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, is a theologian in love with God. Not just God, but God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Who took flesh and became Man in Jesus Christ. Who sent the Holy Spirit to guide the Church into all truth. Lots of truth. In a few pages, you'll find references to Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, Chrysostom, the Liturgy named for him, George Herbert, Julian of Norwich, John Bunyan, a hymn from some contemporary hymnal called Jubilate
, Father John of Kronstadt, St. Symeon the New Theologian, Gregory Palamas, Thomas a Kempis, C.S. Lewis-oh yes, and on one page she juxtaposes hymns from the fourth-century Syriac Father Ephrem the Syrian and a 1977 hymn by Richard Gillard published by Integrity Media. Go figure. Or, come and see. Humphrey's instruction in the reintegration of orthodox doctrine and orthodox spirituality throws propriety and scholarly reticence to the wind-her prose is brim-full of exclamation marks and italics, next to words like perichoresis
, with lengthy expansions, and she really expects readers to learn something (see the study questions at the end of each chapter). The commendations for the book come from Eugene Peterson, Ellen Charry, John Chryssavgis, Robert Fastiggi, and Marva Dawn-a chorus as eclectic as the witnesses called forth in the book itself. 295 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
Foreword by Eugene H. Peterson Countering the generic "spirituality" so popular today, Edith Humphrey presents an authentic Christian spirituality that draws on Scripture and the profound riches of the Christian tradition -- Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant. Humphrey shows how Christian spirituality is rooted in the Trinity, in the ecstasy ("going out" of oneself) and intimacy (profound closeness with another) marking the relations between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The book embodies a banquet of excerpts from the greatest spiritual writers in history -- such luminaries as St. Augustine, St. John Chrysostom, Julian of Norwich, St. Teresa of vila, the Wesley brothers, Thomas Merton, and Alexander Schmemann. Humphrey's elegant prose, laced with stories and images from her own life, beautifully uncovers the ways in which God's trinitarian life informs all human communion. Each chapter ends with questions for further reflection and discussion.