GIFT IDEAS

Foreword Reviews - - Contents - by Matt Suther­land­tures

Gisela H. Kreglinger, Wm. B. Eerd­mans Pub­lish­ing Co. Soft­cover $24 (300pp), 978-0-8028-6789-6

For God so loved the world that he gave his only be­got­ten son the abil­ity to turn wa­ter into wine. This, it may be re­mem­bered, was Je­sus’s first mir­a­cle. All of which proves that Je­sus him­self “af­firms the im­por­tance of joy­ful feast­ing for Chris­tian spir­i­tu­al­ity,” in the words of Gisela Kreglinger in her de­light­ful The Spir­i­tu­al­ity of Wine. Kreglinger’s ver­sion of Chris­tian spir­i­tu­al­ity em­pha­sizes the grounded, ev­ery­day as­pect of how we live a Chris­tian life; that the or­di­nary—bread and wine, for ex­am­ple—is “im­bued with spiritual mean­ing.” Early in the book, she ex­plores the “scrip­tural and the­o­log­i­cal foun­da­tions of a spir­i­tu­al­ity of wine,” and then pro­ceeds to meld con­tem­po­rary views of wine with Chris­tian spir­i­tu­al­ity. A re­mark­able work.

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