Hearts & Minds BookNotes

annotations, blurbs and ruminations

to enlarge the heart & stimulate the mind

and to happily generate mail order business for Hearts & Minds bookstore

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My lovely wife Beth and I own and operate--proprietors makes us sound more classy than we really are--a cluttered, diverse and independent bookstore in Central Pennsylvania. After well over 20 years, we are still not sure what to say when people ask if our shop is a "Christian bookstore." I do a monthly book review column over at our website; we hope that these new blogged bits will afford friends and customers the chance to see other books I happen to be reading, wishing to read, pretending that I read or at least believe that others should, if not read, know about. We have three children, attend a Presbyterian church in York, PA and have no hobbies.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Wendell Berry poem, Practice Resurrection

The line, "Practice Resurrection," used by more than one preacher yesterday, is happily popular now because of the wonderful recent book by Eugene Peterson, Living the Resurrection: The Risen Christ in Everyday Life. (I will be helping teach at Sunday school class on this book for the next few weeks, so I may write more about it.)

Peterson, a pastor who cares about words and loves poetry, has cited this Wendell Berry poem in the past. So have Brian Walsh & Sylvia Keesmaat (in Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire.)

The poem is actually called Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front and was published in the early 70's in The Country of Marriage. It is now available in The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry.

Read the poem here.

Comments anyone?