This is a beautiful and powerful little book. The writer has a pre-school daughter, Inara who struggles with a rare form of epilepsy. Although Inara has made a lot of hopeful progress, her infancy was full of inexplicable and violent rolling seizures that left her parents shaken and frightened. The father sat long vigils by her hospital bed, which inspired these reflections on the Beatitudes of Jesus.
Stant Litore has a love of and has studied languages, including the Greek of the New Testament. He brings this learning to bear in this book in a powerful way, really getting to the inner life and power of Jesus’s words that a lot of translations have left obscured.
This, together with his poetic and imaginative understanding of God, humanity, joy and suffering make this a book that has the potential to push you out of your comfort zones and live lives of “unstoppable hope,” making a real difference to the world.
I am not new to Stant Litore, I belong to the Paetron crowd-funding scheme that supports his work, having read and greatly enjoyed and appreciated a lot of his stuff. This includes a series called the “Zombie Bible,” that takes the stories of the Bible and fuses them with …the undead. Stant’s reading of spiritual hunger with the zombie plagues he describes is an illuminating and enriching one. I have also enjoyed his “Ansible” series that describe telepathic space travel and demonic creatures of pure mind, real Lovecraftian horrors.
Common to also his writing is a fiercely humanistic Christian faith. I find it powerfully authentic. So look up his work, and if you are so moved, support him and his family through Paetron. I write through powerfully selfish reasons, I simply want to read more of his stuff.