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Our Sound is Our Wound Contemplative Listening to a Noisy World - The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book by Lucy Winkett

Our Sound is Our Wound Contemplative Listening to a Noisy World - The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book


Our Sound is Our Wound Contemplative Listening to a Noisy World - The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book by Lucy Winkett

How do we listen for the voice of God within the soundscapes of our lives and how do we find our own voice? Our lives are lived against the backdrop of an internal and external soundscape. The sounds, noises and music with which we are surrounded in modern life have spiritual implications. There is also a soundtrack within us that plays constantly through memory, dreams, anxiety or thought. What are these soundscapes, and how do we listen for the voice of God within them. How too do we find our own voice? These questions bring together the previous academic interest (history and sociology) and the present, practical life (public ritual, music, and public speaking) of an author who is sensitive to the cadences of modern life, and reflects on this through the prism of Scripture and the tradition.


A persistent and perceptive commentary. The Catholic Herald, December 2009. Our Sound is Our Wound is a remarkable book... so full of insights that it is almost over-flow-ing with ideas. Church Times, January 2010. Winkett's theological reflections are complex and sophisticated...She is informative and wise...Each chapter bears a second and third read. The Sign, February 2010. Lively, stimulating and challenging Jane Hedges, The Times, February 2010. The sounds of the modern city match, [Winkett] thinks, the dominant modern feeling of anxiety and fear- principally fear of death. In opposition, she presents the liberating forces of justice and beauty. Christopher Howse, The Daily Telegraph, February 2010. Mention on BBC websitehttp: // Attended Hay Festival 2011 Lucy Winkett has an easy, anecdotal style which is both allusive and informative, allowing the reader to set off on their own reflective journeys. The Good Bookstall. Read the full review at http: // 'This profoundly rich book skilfully weaves interpretations of scripture into Winkett's reflections on the theme of sound and listening, and her own personal stories.'--Sanford Lakoff 'A thoughtful, evocative book that was well chosen as the Archbishop of Canterbury's Lenten book for 2010... This is a book to be enjoyed.'--Sanford Lakoff Featured in the Top Ten Books chosen by Sarum Bookshop--Sanford Lakoff

About the Author

Lucy Winkett is Canon Precentor of St Paul's Cathedral, with particular responsibility for music and liturgy. Before ordination, she trained as a soprano, and lived in a L'Arche community. She is a contributor to Radio 4's Thought for the Day, speaks regularly at Greenbelt Arts Festival, writes a monthly column for Third Way magazine and is a founding adviser for the public theology thinktank Theos. She combines her cathedral ministry with chairing the governors of a new Church of England Academy in North London, leading retreats, and speaking and writing on culture, gender and religion.

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Publication date

3rd December 2009


Lucy Winkett

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


162 pages




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