“…the book is to deepen devotion, but there is one class of people above all others, for whose help it is most adapted. It is ‘an admirable handbook for the parish priest, because written by one who himself labored through the greater part of his ministerial career as a[n Anglican] parish priest.‘”
“The Christian Year” is a book which will always appeal to the educated and cultivated intellect; that it will appeal with special force to all who have the responsibility of teaching religious truth; but its appeal will not cease here. As long as men’s minds are touched by the peaceful and consoling side of Nature; as long as there is reverence felt for the poor and simple; as long as there is suffering and disappointment and death in the world, so long will “The Christian Year” live in the strength of that soothing art. — Walter Lock, from the Introduction
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Why Read This Book?
A great comfort and antidote to the “make believe all is well” and “if you have trouble you must not be a good Christian” mumbo-jumbo which is rife through American Christianity.
About the Author
John Keble (1792-1866), though a member of the Oxford Movement, Rev. Keble has nevertheless been a blessing to Christians of different traditions through his poetry. Keble’s purpose in The Christian Year “is to produce a sober standard of feeling in religious matters… by bringing into relief the soothing tendency of the Prayer Book.” [Walter Lock]
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