In the Grip of Light: The Dark and Bright Journey of Christian Contemplation

Author: Paul Murray OP
ISBN: 978-1-4411-4550-5
Date: 2012
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Publisher: Burns & Oates, London

Besides his poetry and longer works, Paul Murray has a genius for writing short books, whether on the prophet Jonah, Mother Teresa, or the Hail Mary. And now he has written another, In the Grip of Light, on the experience of darkness and light in Christian contemplation. In fact this book is a bringing together of three talks, the first given in 2010 in the House of Lords, the second in 2001 at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, and the third delivered at Blackfriars in Oxford in 2008. That is the order in which they appear in this slim volume, but there is no need for the reader to feel confused or short-changed. The progress from one to the next is absorbing.

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