A is for Alabaster: 52 Reflections on the Stories of Scripture


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Westminster John Knox Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.55 inches | 0.69 pounds

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About the Author

Anna Carter Florence is the Peter Marshall Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); the author of several books, including Preaching as Testimony and Rehearsing Scripture: Discovering God's Word in Community; and a frequent preacher and lecturer in the United States and abroad.


"Enter the Bible through any of the fifty-two doors in this new abecedary by Anna Carter Florence, who will show you how much there is to gain from starting small and staying put with a few verses for a while. Whether her topic is an ax, a yak, or the queen of Sheba, she can sound as surprised as her reader to find how much is left to discover in a book we thought we already knew."--Barbara Brown Taylor, author of Always a Guest and An Altar in the World

"I can think of no other person, scholar, teacher, or preacher whom I'd want to take me on a journey through the ABCs of Scripture. Her homiletical imagination will set you free. Read her words, and you will fall in love with the incarnate Word all over again."--Luke A. Powery, Dean of the Chapel, Duke University, and Professor of Homiletics, Duke Divinity School

"In A Is for Alabaster, Anna Carter Florence does what artists have always done: shows us how the art of language, story, character, plot, poetry, and shock can hold a mirror to the face of the reader and invite responses as strange and wondrous as the art. She doesn't present these texts as safe--they're not--rather she praises their power." --Pádraig Ó Tuama, author of In the Shelter

"With witticism and her signature wonder, Anna Carter Florence takes us on an alphabetical journey that will ignite inspiration and imagination in all who need and want to trust the Bible's truths."--Karoline M. Lewis, Professor and the Marbury E. Anderson Chair of Biblical Preaching, Luther Seminary

"Whenever Anna Carter Florence and passages of Scripture are brought in close range, electricity arcs from one to the other, bringing insight and creativity. In these captivating and refreshing essays on biblical stories, she goes through the alphabet, A to Z, for the Old Testament and then again for the New Testament, and when she is finished, we are left both delighted and wishing that there were even more letters in the alphabet." --Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching, Candler School of Theology