New devotional perfect for the literature lover in your life

WJK publishes devotional pairing Scripture with over 200 selections from great literature

by Westminster John Knox Press | Special to Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE — We read for entertainment, but we also read to learn something about ourselves, the world, and the Divine.

Book lovers know there is something sacred in the stories, poetry, and insight of even the most secular books. Now available from Westminster John Knox Press, “The Courage to See: Daily Inspiration from Great Literature,” by Greg Garrett and Sabrina Fountain pairs Scripture and prayer with selections from over 200 beloved novels, poems, plays, and essays to encourage reflection and to provide spiritual enrichment.

“There are novels and movies and images from poetry that came into my life at precisely the moment I needed them most,” Garrett wrote. “Great literature has shaped and formed me, and I’m sure you also have similar stories. Part of why we are the way we are, if we are readers, is because of what we’ve read.”

Featured are classic authors including Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson and Ernest Hemingway as well as modern bestselling authors like J.K. Rowling, Haruki Murakami, Zadie Smith and Khaled Hosseini. Devotions are numbered for one year without specific dates so that this devotional practice can be embarked upon anytime during the year. The elegant hardback makes the perfect gift for bibliophiles and literature lovers everywhere.

 “The Courage to See: Daily Inspiration from Great Literature” is available now through Westminster John Knox Press or your preferred retailer.

Greg Garrett is the author of over two dozen books of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir. He is Professor of English at Baylor University and Theologian in Residence at the American Cathedral in Paris. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Jeanie, and their family.

Sabrina Fountain writes on art and culture is currently working on a collection of essays on the ways negative space, silence and absence carry significant meaning in our lives. She lives with her husband and twin sons in central Texas.


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