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The Downward Ascent
Edna Hatlestad Hong
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The Downward Ascent

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Hardcover, 93 pages
Published January 1st 1979 by Augsburg Fortress Publishing
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Richard Duncan
This is an honest look at not only the dignity in us, but also the depravity. In a poetic way, Hong invites us to journey down with her so that we might rise. This would be a great companion to your Lenten season.

Hong's writing prompted this reflection from me...

Pastors are paradoxes.

In the exercise of pastoral duties on Sundays at services, worship leaders and preachers muster up what sometimes passes as appropriate passion and verbiage in order to get a passing grade from parishioners. In th
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This little book is among the best Lenten reading that I have found. Edna Hong wrote this in response to overhearing a clergyman's opinion that the season of Lent is far too long for modern times. Whether you are tempted to agree or not, this book will put things in a perspective which is the crucial importance of our awareness of both our fallen human nature and our divine nature of bearing God's image. There is a tendency in Christian circles to emphasize one to the near exclusion of the other ...more
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