What’s in a Phrase? Pausing Where Scripture Gives You Pause, by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre

May 26, 2014

McEntyre has a deep concern for how language is used (see her previous work, Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies). Here she builds on the Benedictine concept of lectio divina, the slow reading of sacred texts which calls the readers to  focus on words and phrases that grab their attention. The book consists of short meditations on scripture texts and phrases—especially from the Psalms and the Gospels—that have caught her attention over the years. Her intent is not simply to share her own reflections on treasured texts but to invite the reader to pause and ponder.


By all means, let's pause

In the archives, Jan. 26, '10, Julie Lane-Gay has what I think of as an excellent review of Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre. If there are more important points a review should bring out, I can't imagine them.
Any familiar with just the available religious blogs on the Internet (though there are good and helpful ones let me quickly say) know at first sight ad hominem, carelessness, ignorance, bombast and on. A state of the art website can be deceiving. I wonder if along with the obvious degeneration of language, there is the same for personality, even character. If so, who are we becoming?