Reasons for the Seasons
Meditations for Living Meaningfully the Christian Year
Imprint: Cascade Books
"Disguised as a beautiful and wise explanation of the Christian liturgical year, Father Jones's delicious book is really a moving and quite personal invitation to examine and celebrate the divine gift of time and our use of it. Without coercing us, God draws us into the sacred spiral of a future full of love's promises, and I can think of no better guide to describe that journey than this lovely book."
--Bill Tammeus, journalist; author of The Value of Doubt: Why Unanswered Questions, Not Unquestioned Answers, Build Faith
"Just as in finely aged wines you can discern layers of flowers and fruits, so in this work of the mature W. Paul Jones you hear the prophetic tones of Daniel Berrigan, the social radicalism of Stanley Hauerwas, the contemplative breadth of Maggie Ross, and the playful irony of Calvin and Hobbes. At the same time, Jones's reflections on the Christian liturgical year and on our civic holidays sparkle with the delight of the fresh and new."
--Mark A. Scott, Abbot, New Melleray Abbey, Peosta, IA
"I love Father Paul Jones. His writing, like the man, is deeply spiritual, refreshingly candid, and asks questions that open up new ways of seeing the gospel and the world around us."
--Adam Hamilton, Pastor; Author of Creed: What Christians Believe and Why
"Each day, Christians pray for the coming of the reign of God. Jesus taught us to pray, 'thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.' Does God answer that prayer? Indeed, we have been given signs of what life is like under God's reign. In this captivating book, W. Paul Jones has taught us how we might taste the kingdom banquet before the feast is fully present. By living the church year, and living it deeply, we experience God's reign and know how it will be when the kingdom has fully come. As you read this book, this brilliant and gentle priest, who has a protestant mind and a catholic heart, will help you to experience the reality of that kingdom for which we pray. This book will nurture your soul, and help you to find islands of holiness in the sea of secularism in which we live."
--William Boyd Grove, Bishop (retired), United Methodist Church