Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Going Home: An Invitation to Jubilee

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Going Home: An Invitation to Jubilee

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Going Home: An Invitation to jubilee. By Frank T. Griswold. Cambridge, Mass.: Cowley Publications, 2000. 81 pp. $8.95 (paper).

Over the centuries, spiritual directors have emphasized that meditating on Scripture or reading devotional literature has its best results when emphasis is placed on the time spent rather than the pages read. The eighty-one pages of this book by Frank T. Griswold, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, can be read in one sitting, but if its wisdom is to be absorbed it is worth hours of reflection.

Fortunately, Frank Griswold makes it possible for a much wider audience to follow his thought than first heard him give the content of Going Home in sermons at the 73rd General Convention. Rooted in the idea of Jubilee found in Leviticus-"You shall hallow the fiftieth year and you shall proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants"-the author invites us to join him in exploring the biblical system of Jubilee, with its connections to Sabbath and sabbatical, family and land. Such themes as liberty and restoration provide the author with many opportunities for reflection on the meaning of redemption, forgiveness, and hope. How necessary it is, he believes, to come to grips with the basic decisions we make, and be willing to appraise them in the light of God's gift of life to us.

In the course of its few pages, the author arouses our imaginations as he leads us through nine chapters whose titles reveal the scope of his work: The Year of the Lord's Favor, Going Home, In the Wilderness, Grace upon Grace, Be Not Afraid, A Compassionate Heart, A School for the Lord's Service, Now I See, and Go Forth in My Name. A foreword by Nancy Roth gives the reader a helpful overview for the task ahead.

What is involved in this homeward journey to God? The answer is approached in a variety of ways, using apt quotations from sources that include Scripture, prayers from the Book of Common Prayer, familiar hymns, poetry, and wise sayings from the saints. …

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