Divine Sparks

Divine Sparks

Everyday Encounters With God's Incoming Kingdom

by Donna Lazenby

Divine Sparks
  • Length: 128 pages
  • Published: July 03, 2017
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-2810-7494-5
  • Item Code: P07494

Many of our everyday encounters in the world are touched by the divine, but we are not aware of it. We may find it impossible to miss God in the great interruptions of human existence, but God often finds a more humble dwelling-place . . .

Donna Lazenby was in a packed underground train when it was taken siege by a group of musicians ripe to start a party. The eruption into dull passivity of joy seemed a herald of the kingdom of God. And so she began to write a series of reflections, some prosaic, others more poetic in tone, that open up ways of seeing light in darkness, love in places of desolation, and the in-breaking of life when all seems tired and old.

But the coming of this kingdom is also revealed in protest, in the world's cry against a pervasive sense of alienation, while an allegedly "secular" culture steals and presents the claims of the gospel as its own. And so, Divine Sparks calls us to be prophets: visionaries able to discern and proclaim God's incoming kingdom, as it arrives by day—and night.

"[Written] with elegance and originality."

Catherine Pickstock, professor of Metaphysics and Poetics, University of Cambridge

"This is a gem of a book. It offers something new and intriguing—a sharp, theologically astute reading of some icons of contemporary culture, showing that our culture is not half as secular as it thinks it is."

Graham Tomlin, bishop of Kensington

The Revd Dr Donna J. Lazenby is an Anglican priest. She is director of St Mellitus College, South West, and lecturer and tutor in spirituality and apologetics. She is the author of A Mystical Theology: Transcendence and Immanence in the Works of Virginia Woolf and Iris Murdoch. Donna's PhD won the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise 2011. Alongside lecturing and tutoring, she continues to exercise her priestly ministry as Lead Minister of The Hayes Church, Kenley.

BY Donna J. Lazenby

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