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Tarry Awhile: Wisdom from Black Spirituality for People of Faith

Tarry Awhile: Wisdom from Black Spirituality for People of Faith

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The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book 2024: Foreword by Justin Welby


'Tarry Awhile... is one of the most profound and beautifully written Lent books that I have ever read.'

Tarry here and watch with me . . . (Matt 26.38, KJV)

Tarrying is a Black Christian spiritual practice in which believers actively wait to experience the manifestation of God's presence. It answers yes to the question Jesus once asked his disciples: will you tarry here and watch with me? Whether in the vibrancy of music and singing, or in the hushed silence of the congregation, people of all ages anticipate an encounter with God that will transform what they know, feel and experience day to day.

This book makes the wisdom of Black spiritualities and faith available for all people. It focuses on seven themes: darkness as a place of encounter with the divine; the unity of all things; movement, belonging and migration; the Spirit as one who moves in unexpected ways; quiet contemplation as essential to spiritual growth; healing in community; and weeping that turns to joy.

Tarry Awhile centres the stories of often overlooked people and communities, offering wisdom for all people who hope to encounter God in the midst of wearying times. It provides fresh reflections on familiar biblical passages, and draws on personal stories, theology and the spiritual wisdom of ancestors who have gone before us.

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