J. Dana Trent is a graduate of Duke Divinity School and an adjunct faculty member at Wake Tech Community College, where she teaches World Religions. Dana is a speaker, workshop leader, and grant writer. Her work has appeared on Time.com, The Christian Century, and Sojourners. She is the award-winning author of *For Sabbath’s Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community** (Upper Room Books, 2017) and *Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk** (Fresh Air Books, 2013). She, her husband, Fred, and Truffy the Cat live in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Tozer opens with a reminder that we are all in debt to God for His grace. The rest of the chapters fall into place from this cornerstone of the belief. Tozer covers such issues as repentance, public readings of Scripture, and the notion that a church's ministry is a gauge of its spiritual well-being. He urges sincerity among believers, for them to be in fellowship with one another and with God.
Tozer stands firm in his theology and his unapologetic criticisms of the modern church. He declares that the most important thing is a right relationship with God, while reminding his readers that as believers, they are saved by the grace of God on His terms, as well as revealing anew the importance of surrendering to His will.
Selected Later Poems—a generous selection of the last two decades of Williams's poetry, capped by a gathering of new work—is a testament to that enduring vibrancy. Here are the passionate, searching, clear-eyed explorations of empathy in The Vigil; here is the candor and revelation of Repair; here is the agonizing morality of The Singing and Wait, and the unsparing reflections on aging of Writers Writing Dying; here are the poignant prose vignettes of All at Once.
Williams's poetry is essential because its lyric beauty, precise and revealing images, and elegant digressions are coupled to a conscience both uneasy and unflinching. Selected Later Poems is at once a celebration of Williams's career, an affirmation of his continued position in the pantheon of American poets, and a kind of reckoning—a reminder of the ways in which art can serve both beauty and justice.