Few texts have held such interest or been the object of such enduring devotion as has Julian of Norwich's classic, A Revelation of Love. John Skinner's translation offers today's reader the immediacy of one of the most powerful books in the English language. Julian's message of God's intimate and enabling love is revealed as both beguiling and inescapable. The poetry and rhythmic structure of the original Middle-English are respected, and her earthy and direct style is still discernible. Julian's key ideas and her unique system of thought are expertly introduced by a brief commentary at the head of each chapter, together with further informative footnotes and a detailed glossary. Julian of Norwich was born sometime in December 1342 and probably lived until around 1430. We do not know the exact dates of her birth and death, or even her real name, but we do know the exact date of her Revelation, 8th May 1373. Julian lived as an anchorite, a hermit walled up in a couple of rooms propped up against the walls of St Julian's Church in Conesford Street, Norwich, following a strict religious life. The tradition of English mysticism was at its height in the late-fourteenth century, and Julian's own writing can be seen as part of this development in spirituality. A mystic has a heightened awareness of the presence of God, and through this receives direct tangible communication from Him. Julian's message is that this does not mean the mystic is an extraordinary person, set apart from the rest of us - rather there is a mystic in all of us, if only we will attend. All our common calling in this life is to come to know God and experience the touchings of His love. There can be no doubt that Lady Julian is the greatest of the English mystics. Thomas Merton John Skinner is well known as a writer and lecturer on spirituality, with a special interest in the English mystics. Foremerly a journalist with The Times. he was a Jesuit for thirteen years. It was while he was still a novice that he found Julian's mystical writing, setting in process a lifelong relationship with Julian's mystical path. He is the author of Hear Our Silence, a popular study of the English Carthusians, informed by the experience of living within a Carthusian community, and Sounding the Silence, an exploration of ways to engage with the intense experience of silence in prayer - both books are also published by Gracewing.
Complex imagery. Bewildering prophecy. Vivid descriptions of unparalled violence. The Wrath of God. Judgment Day. And yet... The Book of Revelation is so much more! It is an epic love story, wrapped around a desperate adventure, culminating in a daring rescue and the promise of the Bride and the Prince of Peace living happily ever after. But this is no fairy tale. This is the ulimate reality. All of the warnings, the plagues, the woes, the judgments - they all have a single purpose: to reveal just how much God loves us, and to what lengths He will go to save us. A Revelation of Love This study companion is designed to be read in conjunction with the Book of Revelation. It will help deepen your understanding of this important book, and hopefully help open your eyes to the most marvelous love story of all!
The wonderful Book of Revelation is not meant to be a horror story. It is the most precious book of the Bible; the only book that presents the personal testimony of the King of all Creation. It's a royal document, written to bless and protect his cherished future bride as he brings final judgment to Satan and all the enemies of God. It's not hard to see that it's filled with love from start to finish.
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Julian of Norwich (c. 8 November 1342 - c. 1416), also called Juliana of Norwich, was an English anchoress and an important Christian mystic and theologian. Her Revelations of Divine Love, written around 1395, is the first book in the English language known to have been written by a woman. The Revelations of Divine Love (which also bears the title A Revelation of Love - in Sixteen Shewings above the first chapter) is a 14th-century book of Christian mystical devotions written by Julian of Norwich. It includes her sixteen mystical visions and contemplations on universal love and hope in a time of plague, religious schism, uprisings and war. Published in 1395, it is the first published book in the English language to be written by a woman. During her early life, the Black Death hit the city of Norwich three times. It is estimated that the plague killed about a third of England's population in one single epidemic. People died so quickly and in such numbers that "the dead could not receive proper burial and in the worst of times, lay stacked in carts like so much cordwood, or in hastily dug pits on the edge of town, or simply where they fell, in the streets." Seeing these images may have affected Julian, who was just six years old when the plague first hit Norwich. Although she does not speak of the plague directly, her book shows a deep sensitivity to suffering and dying.
The Book of Revelation. The Apocalypse. Words that often call to mind bizarre creatures, strange seals, dreadful plagues, and a slew of other mystifying symbols.Most of us approach this last book of the Bible with forebodings rather than hope. To us John?s vision seems more like a nightmare.But the elderly apostle begins with a statement that doesn?t seem to fit the rest of the book: ?The revelation of Jesus Christ.? Apparently he intends to unveil something tremendously important about Jesus. Something life-changing. Something we can?t afford to miss.Larry Lichtenwalter explores a side of Revelation seldom portrayed: Christ?s passionate love for humanity. This recurring theme subtly appears in the imagery and symbolism throughout John?s vision. The slain Lamb. The divine protective sealing. The blood-bleached-white robes. The heart-wrenching prayer of the saints. Without Christ?s love, these scenes and symbols would mean nothing.Ultimately John?s vision reveals the extraordinary love of our Savior for His rebellious, undeserving children?and the incredible reasons we can love Him in return.
One of medieval mysticism's most strikingly original works, this book was written by a 14th-century anchoress whose fervent prayers triggered intense visions that continue to influence modern Christian thought.