Unearthly Beauty Paperback

Through Advent with the Saints

by Magdalen Smith

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Looking for a new series of views on Advent? This look at the Saints is a deep, refreshing way to understand Christ's birth. 

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Unearthly Beauty

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  • Want a deeper understanding of Advent?
  • Unearthly Beauty turns to the Saints to grow in you a rich view of the Christmas period
  • Perfect for anyone looking a new view of God's greatest gift

Advent is about arrival - the arrival of Jesus into our world in poverty and vulnerability amidst unusual circumstances. For the world then, as now, Christ's coming generated a mixed response from a variety of people - anxiety, threat, expectation and hope.

For Christians, entering Advent calls for fresh reflection on our faith, and this book aims to provide stimulating material for the journey up to (and including) Christmas. It is inspired by well-known, as well as more obscure, holy people from the past whom the church calls saints - people of unearthly beauty who reveal to us a deeper understanding of the fluid nature of divine grace.

Unearthly Beauty by Magdalen Smith was published by SPCK Publishing in August 2017 and is our 24881st best seller. The ISBN for Unearthly Beauty is 9780281077182.

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Introduction: radical response

Advent Saints

Andrew: a life less ordinary

Charles de Foucauld: with and not for

Francis Xavier: pioneer of the East

John of Damascus: matter matters

Nicholas Ferrar: new monastic ]

Nicholas: bearer of gifts

Ambrose: when in Rome, do as the Romans do

Lucy: new eyes

Samuel Johnson: moral messaging

John of the Cross: our deepest yearning 

Eglantyne Jebb: Save our Children

Christmas Saints

John the Baptist: unlikely prophet

Elizabeth: defying expectations

Zechariah: mute and miracle

Joseph: anti-abandonment

The Wise Men: recognizing God

Saintly Shepherds: sacred staying

The innkeeper: inn-convenient hospitality

Stephen: we are connected

John the Apostle and Evangelist: I am with you

Holy Innocents: lives never forgotten

John Wycliffe: a brave Bible

Thomas Becket: holy man, unholy death



Details for Unearthly Beauty

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherSPCK Publishing (August 2017)
Number of Pages128
Height216 mm
Width138 mm
Product Code4516658
Page last updated 1st April 2019
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