Dec 10, 2013

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Seven Stellar Gifts: the Hieropraxis Gift Guide 2013

I recently contributed a few items to Kelly Belmonte’s gift-suggestions post on All Nine Muses, and found her idea of  “Gifts by friends from friends for friends” to be delightful – so I’ve made this year’s Hieropraxis gift-suggestions list along the same line. Here are seven selections that I think are well worth your time (and money), in four categories. Enjoy!


C.S. Lewis (ed. by Walter Hooper) – Image and Imagination. It isn’t every day that new Lewis material is published. Walter Hooper has brought together this new collection that showcases Lewis as a literary critic, with Lewis’s book reviews (many reprinted for the first time), several hard-to-find essays and one, the titular essay, published here for the first time. With useful short introductions and footnotes (thank you, Walter!), this is a significant volume for those who are interested in Lewis’s literary-critical thought.

Michael Ward – Planet Narnia. 2013 is the 50th anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis. Why not celebrate by giving someone a copy of this groundbreaking literary study of the Narnia Chronicles?


Kelly Belmonte – Three Ways of Searching. Her first chapbook, from Finishing Line Press, is a lovely collection of haiku and micropoetry: short, evocative poems that are worth reading and re-reading.

Malcolm Guite – Sounding the Seasons and The Singing Bowl. Seasoned poetry-readers will find much to delight them, especially in the “Stations of the Cross” sequence in the first book and the Dante poems in the second, but the accessibility of these poems makes them good choices for newcomers to poetry as well.


Melissa Travis – How Do We Know God Is Really There? This engaging picture book, illustrated by artist Christopher Voss, tackles an important question for the Christian faith in a way that’s age-appropriate and enjoyable.


Steve Bell – Keening for the Dawn. This is not your usual Christmas album: rather, it’s an Advent-Christmas-Epiphany album that includes songs done collaboratively with poet Malcolm Guite.


Dr. Holly Ordway is a poet, academic, and Christian apologist. She is the chair of the Department of Apologetics and director of the MA in Cultural Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, and the author of Not God’s Type (2010; revised and expanded 2nd ed. forthcoming as The Sword and the Cross, 2014, Ignatius Press). Her work focuses on imaginative and literary apologetics, with special attention to C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams.




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