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Pierced by Love

Divine Reading with the Christian Tradition [Hardback]

by Hans Boersma

"Pierced by Love" renews Christian reading, revealing God's living word through ancient wisdom.

  • For Christians seeking a deeper connection with God through Scripture.

  • Guides readers in experiencing God's presence in Scripture via lectio divina.

  • Transforms Bible reading into a profound encounter with Christ's love.

  • Author

    Hans Boersma

  • Book Format


  • Publisher

    Lexham Press

  • Published

    April 2023

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Holy Scripture requires holy readingJesus is the point of reading the Bible. Christians read Scripture to encounter Christ and be conformed to his image. Scripture is no mere human text; it is God’s living word. So how should we read it?

For Christians throughout the centuries, the answer has been lectio divina—“divine reading.” In Pierced by Love: Divine Reading with the Christian Tradition, Hans Boersma invites Christians to retrieve this ancient and meditative way of reading the Bible. Lectio divina is a sacramental reading. It aims to take us more deeply into the life of God. Through practicing the four movements of lectio divina—attentive reading, extended meditation, prayerful reflection, and silent resting—we have a structured and simple way to focus on Christ, listen to the Spirit, and rest in God’s love. We no longer simply read the words of Scripture; instead, we read the face of God in the eternal Word.

Drawing insights from our forefathers, such as Augustine, Anselm of Canterbury, and Bernard of Clairvaux, Pierced by Love encourages Christians to join the church’s rich heritage of transformative reading.

Divine Reading of Divine Scripture



Paying Attention

Swirling Thoughts

Chewing and Belching


Bread of Tears

The Better Part

Into Great Silence

This book is a work of spiritual instruction by one of the true spiritual masters of our time.

—Matthew Levering, James N. Jr. and Mary D. Perry Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary

The early and medieval church knew that reading the Bible meant being entered into as much as entering the text. Boersma reacquaints us with the dangers and costs as well as the fruits of divine reading.

—Jessica Hooten Wilson, visiting scholar at Pepperdine University; author, The Scandal of Holiness

Love for Christ flies off every page. With gentle profundity, Hans Boersma guides his reader through the healing process of lectio divina with the skill of a master, a master wounded by the arrow of the Master of all.

—Alexis Torrance, associate professor and Archbishop Demetrios College Chair of Byzantine Theology, University of Notre Dame

Hans Boersma is the Saint Benedict Servants of Christ Chair in Ascetical Theology at Nashotah House in Wisconsin, a priest in the Anglican Church in North America, and the author of numerous books including Seeing God, Heavenly Participation, and Five Things Theologians Wish Biblical Scholars Knew.


  • Author

    Hans Boersma

  • Book Format


  • Publisher

    Lexham Press

  • Published

    April 2023

  • Weight


  • Page Count


  • Dimensions

    140 x 210 x 8 mm

  • ISBN


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  • Author/Creator: Hans Boersma

  • ISBN: 9781683596776

  • Publisher: Lexham Press

  • Release Date: April 2023

  • Weight: 475g

  • Dimensions: 140 x 210 x 8 mm

  • Eden Code: 5900909

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