Divine Sparks by Donna Lazenby

by
06 October 2017

Martine Oborne is alerted to the divine

DO YOU think that we live today in a godless, godforsaken culture? If you do, then think again.

Reading this book will help you to see, as Donna Lazenby does, God at work in countless everyday situations, and how we connect with him without even realising what we are doing.

From the films that we love to the images we tattoo into our skin, to dating apps, billboards, graffiti, pounding a treadmill at the gym: God speaks to us through all these things — if our hearts are open to hear him.

Lazenby reflects on 34 exper­iences when God has spoken to her — not through the Bible or a ser­mon or in prayer — but through the culture around us. It is a culture that most of us would describe as secu­lar. But, when we start to unpack it — as Lazenby does — we begin to see how intertwined it is with the divine.

The book merits reading slowly — over a period of months — perhaps one of the short chapters every other day. Give yourself time to mull over what Lazenby is sharing, and to allow the poetry of her writing to soak into you.

I have to admit that it did take me a while to adjust to Lazenby’s style. I found myself intrigued by what she seemed to be saying, but struggling — through the poetry — to under­stand fully her meaning. The trick, of course, is to slow down. This is not a book for speed reading.

In her combination of both poetry and prose, it is as though Lazenby is inviting us to share in her most intimate reflections. It shows a brave and generous vulner­ability — which makes many of the reflections deeply affecting.

In summary, the book is proph­etic. As Lazenby puts it herself, we need prophets who “can walk around in the culture, listen to it, look at it, help it to see what it wor­ships and where it needs to reorient its vision, if it is to pursue its ques­tions with any hope of finding answers”. So, read this book, be in­­spired, and discover your inner prophet.

 

The Revd Martine Oborne is Vicar of St Michael’s, Chiswick, in London.

 

Divine Sparks: Everyday encounters with God’s incoming kingdom

Donna Lazenby

SPCK £9.99 (978-0-281-07494-5)

Church Times Bookshop £9

 

 

 

100 Best Christian Books

How many have you read?

Visit the 100 Best Christian Books website to see which books made our list, read the judges' notes and add your own comments.

The Church Times Archive

Read reports from issues stretching back to 1863, search for your parish or see if any of the clergy you know get a mention.

FREE for Church Times subscribers.

Explore the archive

The Church Times Podcast

The Church Times Podcast, hosted by Tim Wyatt and Ed Thornton, features a mixture of interviews and news analysis. Listen online

Forthcoming Events

16-18 February 2018
Church Times Festival of Faith & Literature

Our literary festival with a theological slant in Bloxham, Oxfordshire. Choose from 37 events including poetry, literature, history, politics, music and drama. Find out more

Subscribe now to get full access

To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read seven articles each month for free.