Sonnets From the Spirit

By Christopher Villiers

Religion & spirituality, Poetry, General non-fiction | Paperback, eBook


SONNETS FROM THE SPIRIT is a collection of 52 icons in poetry on major episodes from Sacred Scripture, written according to the ancient practice of midrash, by the award-winning, British theologian and poet Christopher Villiers. The themes of the sonnets are illustrated by great works of sacred art. This book is intended to provide readers with a little feel for God working through, and sometimes despite, very human people whose strengths and weaknesses greatly resembled those of 21st century humankind.




Christopher Villiers is a British theologian and freelance writer who has written about religious matters for a wide variety of publications, both academic and popular. He holds the Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Theology from Durham University, United Kingdom, with a specialization in the history of Christian doctrine. His postgraduate thesis addressed the "Divine impassibility in the theology of Saint Cyril of Alexandria," with reference to modern theological debates on divine impassibility deriving from biblical, historical and philosophical scholarship. Villiers is a practicing Catholic with an interest in ecumenism, particularly in relation to the Eastern Orthodox churches. He writes on a regular basis for the ecumenical theological journal "Sobornost." Villiers is the winner of the 2008 Jean Cowling Prize in Theology and the first prize-winner of the 2015 Sonnets for Shakespeare Poetry Award. Having started writing poetry again for the first time since his school days, Villiers decided to write various sonnets based on major episodes from Sacred Scripture as a spiritual exercise for Lent. Encouraged by colleagues and friends in relation to the beauty and widespread applicability of his poems, as well as his interest in the intersection of the creative arts and spirituality, Villiers continued writing poetry after Lent, and the book "Sonnets from the Spirit" is the fruit.


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Christopher Villiers is a British theologian and freelance writer who has written about religious matters for a wide variety of publications, both academic and popular. He holds the Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Theology from Durham University, United Kingdom, with a specialization in the history of Christian doctrine. His postgraduate thesis addressed the "Divine impassibility in the theolog...


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