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In The Spirit: A Phenomenology of Faith
By: Steven DeLay - Christian Alternative, $13.95

Description: In a series of analyses dealing with issues of basic human concern such as love, hope, joy, beauty, desire, suffering, evil, and death, Steven DeLay articulates an existence of faith in Christ.

With attention to the Bible and works of art (Caravaggio, Doré, Pissarro, Poussin, Rembrandt, and Rodin), DeLay explores the depths of the human experience, offering a descriptive account of our personal encounter with God.

A contribution to the longstanding tradition of edifying Christian works, In the Spirit extols the glory of being human in light of God’s word.

Verdict: In what is a most unique take on the literary angle of our most basic human issues - such as love, hope, joy, beauty, desire, et al - author Steven DeLay has brought forth a new book that parlays all of that (and oh-so much more) into a faith found in Christ, whilst at the same time drawing a line of direct lineage attention to works of art from such masters as Caravaggio, Doré, Pissarro, Poussin, Rembrandt, and even Rodin.

Thus In the Spirit: A Phenomenology of Faith is a fascinating journey into an exercise of genuinely focused attention to the descriptive proffering’s at hand, where the human topics of life and faith are considered with a sophistication and creativity that is as masterful in its articulation as it is in its delivery.

An awakening, if you will, this book (perhaps even a treatise) by DeLay, aligns Biblical scripture in conjunction with earnest conversation, whilst being harmoniously attune to classic works of art, in an attempt to address fundamental questions of faith and existence.

As original and wholly insightful as one could ever hope to imagine, DeLay’s In The Spirit: A Phenomenology of Faith is a 154 page-turner extraordinaire and fully deserves all the praise that is being lauded down on it.

About the Author - Steven DeLay is a writer living in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. An Old Member of Christ Church, Oxford and a Fellow of Ambrose College, Woolf University, he is the author of Before God: Exercises in Subjectivity (2020) and Phenomenology in France: A Philosophical and Theological Introduction (2019).

He is also the editor of Life above the Clouds: Philosophy in the Films of Terrence Malick (2022), and editor of the series of online essays, Finding Meaning, at 3:16 AM.

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