Ragman - reissue: And Other Cries of Faith

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Harper Collins, Jan 6, 2004 - Fiction - 224 pages

Updated with eleven new stories and meditations, this Gold Medallion–winning classic interweaves vivid stories, deep meditations, and provocative allegories that together explore the power and meaning of love within an often inhumane urban landscape. The opening chapter, "Ragman," remains one of Walter Wangerin Jr.'s most beloved works and leads the reader to thirty–three other writings, all bearing the author's trademark poignancy and lyricism. Ranging from gentle reflections to heart–rending invocations, these selections are powerful, thought–provoking explorations of the meaning of faith, the person of Christ, and the communion of believers. Again and again, Wangerin's cries of faith touch our deepest pains with rays of joyful healing.

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I believe this is the fourth time I've bought this book. I loan it out and never get it back, but that's ok. Anything I loan out, I do so with that in mind. It's an awesome book and it's worth buying over and over. I love the story of the ragmen and Lily the best. Read full review

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This is the book that introduced me to the wonderful world of Walter Wangerin Jr. He is an amazing writer with a profound and open heart that welcomes you in with both arms wide open. This book specifically is one of the best for introducing people to his style. It is comprised of many short, short stories and journals.
For me the best are the titular piece "The Ragman", "Lily" and "Advent Monologue" - oh, let me not forget, damn...I forgot, oh well. I'll include it when I remember :-)


Rachel ill 19 Clara Schreiber
Body of Christ Youre a Woman
The Self to the Self and the Fusion
Killing by the Little Cuts
Pallid Need
To Joseph at His Confirmation
Moses Swope
To Matthew at His Confirmation

The Cry of the Whole Congregation
Lily SO 11 The Poet and His Congregation to Christ
The Servant of Christ
The Time in the City
The Making of a Minister
Contents 14 Preaching
A Christmas Pastorale
A Minister for the Nations
Servants of the Cross
The Ashes of Wednesday for Thieves and for Preachers Alike
To Mary at Her Confirmation
For My Brother Gregory on the Occasion of His Marriage to Liza Lachica
Fights Unfought Forgiveness Forgone
To Talitha at Her Confirmation
And Through the Night Watch Oer Your Beds
The Body of ChristSet Free

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Page 106 - You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven...
Page 37 - And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord : peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
Page 40 - Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you ; do this in remembrance of me.
Page 84 - Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled : thou takest away- their breath, they die, and return to their dust. Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created : and thou renewest the face of the earth.
Page 47 - Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.
Page 47 - Calvary's mournful mountain climb, There, adoring at His feet, Mark that miracle of time, God's own Sacrifice complete. " It is finished !" hear Him cry; Learn of Jesus Christ to die.
Page 44 - And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter ; and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.
Page 64 - I spoke to you while I was still with you — that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.
Page 41 - Bowring, 1825. 73. 95 ^O to dark Gethsemane, ^•* Ye that feel the tempter's power ; Your Redeemer's conflict see : Watch with Him one bitter hour : Turn not from His griefs away ; Learn of Jesus Christ to pray.

About the author (2004)

Walter Wangerin Jr. is the National Book Award-winning author of The Book of the Dun Cow. His other books include The Book of God, Ragman and Other Cries of Faith, and Miz Lil and the Chronicles of Grace.

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