God's Consoling Love: Sermons and addresses
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MICHAEL MAYNE was possibly one of the greatest Anglican
preachers of the post-war era. His homilies, reflections, and
lectures are still in demand, and are as fresh and resonant today
as they were when they were originally delivered. They testify to
an extraordinary ministry of pastoral care and spiritual
Mayne was head of religious programmes at BBC Radio, Vicar of
Great St Mary's, the University Church in Cambridge, and finally
Dean of Westminster. So he knew a thing or two about communication.
And in these two new short books we have some real treasure to
enrich the soul.
Both compilations have been brought to us by Joel Huffstetler,
an Episcopalian priest from Cleveland, Tennessee - and now arguably
the leading scholar and editor of Mayne's work. Huffstetler has
done an exceptional job in bringing to life new sermons, homilies,
and short talks from Mayne, which still have rich spiritual
resonance for today. It is no surprise to find luminaries such as
Susan Hill and Richard Coles sustained and inspired by Mayne's
writings, and commending them.
Readers familiar with the writings of Martin Laird - and engaged
in the practice of mindful contemplative prayer - will warm to
Mayne's profound and succinct addresses. "Prayer is not something
one does," Mayne writes: it is rather "something that is". The God
in whom we live and move and have our being is already within us,
and longing to be released into expression.
These two exquisite books are a reminder of how rich and penet-
rating the tradition of Anglican preaching can be. Mayne was
undoubtedly one of our greatest exponents of this art. And the
collection of addresses here - pastoral, prophetic, warm, and wise
- will repay prayerful reading.
Huffstetler is to be thanked for bringing us more of Mayne's
wonderful wisdom. This is nourishment and food for the spiritual
journey we all travel on, with light and love for our souls.