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Word by Word: A Daily Spiritual Practice

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Beautifully written meditations on fifteen well-chosen words 

In What's in a Phrase? — winner of the 2015 Christianity Today Book Award in Spirituality — Marilyn McEntyre showed readers how brief scriptural phrases can evoke and invite. In Word by Word McEntyre invites readers to dwell intentionally with single words — remembering their biblical and literary contexts, cons
Kindle Edition, 235 pages
Published August 11th 2016 by Eerdmans
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Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this—daily meditations on individual words. McEntyre draws from the Bible and Christian tradition, and here and there from literature, which for me is always a winning combo. It focuses on one word per week, examining it from various angles and encouraging reflection and spiritual practices springing from each daily reading. So many of the meditations really resonated with me—I’ll come back to this one again.
Martha Templeton
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I enjoyed taking a word and ruminating on it each day. It was a good way to start my morning. Marilyn McEntyre’s writing affects my thinking in good ways - inspiring, nudging, pressing, making me notice what I would not have seen and reminding me of the power of the words we carry into the world daily.
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved and savored this devotional. To meditate on different aspects of a single word all week long is a Spiritual practice, and one I immensely enjoyed.
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May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a beautiful companion to my days. I've loved this book and the richness in each reading. ...more
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Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Power of a Single Word


Freighted with meanings and memories, associations and reflections far beyond their official definitions, words can be an invitation to pay attention.


Marilyn McEntyre has chosen fifteen words as the basis for fifteen weeks of daily meditations, as Word by Word, she challenges readers to let the word of the week become a focus for prayer and for biblical meditation.


There is a d
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the most enjoyable, deep, and thought-provoking “spiritual reading” book I have ever read. The word “savor” comes to mind when I think of the reading experience. Each passage is short but deeply poignant, making me savor McEntyre’s ideas and messages of hope throughout each day. She’s bright, open, engaging, and a fantastic writer. She felt like a wise friend guiding me to God in new and surprising ways, always there to welcome each day with hope and intentional, stimulating thoughts.

Joan McLaughlin
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Inspiration for daily reflection

I have enjoyed reading Word by Word as a daily reflection to start my day! Marilyn McEntyre has provided daily words of wisdom that fit a weekly theme that's easy to follow and inspiring to consider as each new day is started!
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Marilyn Chandler McEntyre is a fellow of the Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California, and she teaches at UC Berkeley. Her other books include Drawn to the Light: Poems on Rembrandt's Religious Paintings, In Quiet Light: Poems on Vermeer's Women, and Patient Poets: Illness from Inside Out.

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