Archbishop of Canterbury's "Lent Book for 2008". -- Acknowledgements.
"This book is the fruit of a long absorption in the riches of the Christian tradition, East and West, and its subject matter is nothing less than the great central theme of redemption, treated with a fullness of classical theological sensitivity. But it also represents that lifetime of listening to and loving the heritage of Russia in particular -- the great twentieth century testimonies to hope and human dignity out of the heart of terrible suffering. Writers like Pasternak and Solzhenitsyn show, without any evasion or sentimentality, how the beauty of the human face can show itself in the most apparently inhuman of places". -- Foreword.
The author "guides us on a journey of readings and questions that begins with the garden of Eden and brings us at last to the Tree of Life in the New Jerusalem. In each chapter, you'll find an essay that explores one aspect of the story of God's love for humankind. Using biblical passages, pictures by Rembrandt, and masterpieces of Russian literature, the author inspires and uplifts us. As we move from one milestone to the next, our future is stripped of death's fear, and the greatest gift on earth is bestowed on us. Linking the chapters with metaphors of wood, trees and the cross of Christ, this book helps us fully embrace the passion of Christ and its transforming power as life conquers death". -- back cover.
Contents: Foreword by Archbishop of Canterbury dated Visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth [31 May] 2007 / Rowan Cantuar i.e. Williams -- Acknowledgements dated Canterbury, Trinity Sunday 2007 -- Preface -- The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil: Creation and Fall -- The Crib and the Crossing of Boundaries: Incarnation and Ministry -- A Tree Falls in Siberia: Trials and Tribulations 1: The First Circle and Cancer Ward -- A Tree Falls in Siberia: Trials and Tribulations 1: A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch -- The Vine: Jew and Gentile -- The Fig Tree: Miracle and Judgement -- The Garden of Olives: Identity, Obedience and Self-Surrender -- The Tree of Death: Cross and Passion -- Words from the Tree (1): Emptiness, Forgiveness and the Promise of Paradise -- Words from the Tree (2): Adoption, Dereliction and Thirst -- Words from the Tree (3): Fulfillment, Committal and Recognition -- The Tree of Life: Resurrection and Restoration -- Notes.