Ecstasy and Intimacy

Feast of the Martyr Tatiana
Ecstasy and Intimacy: When the Holy Spirit Meets the Human Spirit by Edith M. Humphrey; foreword by Eugene Peterson

Ecstasy_and_Intimacy_Square.jpegDR. HUMPHREY, professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, is a theologian in love with God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In a few pages you’ll find references to St. Augustine, St. Gregory of Nyssa, St. John Chrysostom, the Liturgy named for him, George Herbert, St. Julian of Norwich, John Bunyan, a hymn from the contemporary hymnal Jubilate, Fr. John of Kronstadt, St. Symeon the New Theologian, St. Gregory Palamas, Thomas à Kempis, C. S. Lewis – and on one page she juxtaposes hymns from the fourth-century Syriac Father Ephrem the Syrian and a 1977 hymn by Richard Gillard published by Integrity Media. Go figure. Or, come and see. Humphrey’s instruction in the reintegration of orthodox doctrine and orthodox spirituality throws propriety and scholarly reticence to the wind – her prose is brim-full of exclamation marks and italics, next to words like perichoresis, with lengthy expansions, and she really expects readers to learn something. Commendations for the book come from Eugene Peterson, Ellen Charry, John Chryssavgis, Robert Fastiggi, and Marva Dawn – a chorus as eclectic as the witnesses called forth in the book itself.

295 pp. paper $28.50

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