For centuries, some Christian traditions have followed a calendar of events that commemorate the history of faith through the lives of its saints. While Protestants have been slow to adopt this practice, a growing number of Christians find it meaningful to consider our own heroes of the faith and the events that have shaped us as a people. W. Paul Jones offers an immensely engaging example of this practice in An Eclectic Almanac for the Faithful. He celebrates such historic events as moon landings and civil rights marches and explores to religious figures like Mother Teresa, and John Wesley, as well as; secular figures from Galileo to Sylvia Plath. As Jones moves through the year; noting events of meaning to his spiritual life, we learn about a wonderfully quirky array of days and people to cherish, the date of the first baseball game, the week that the swallows fly back to Capistrano, and the reason gondola pilots in Venice sing “Santa Lucia.” This collection also includes deeply moving prayers that tie the entries of a week together into a spiritual insight or lesson that will stick with the reader long after the season has turned.
Much more than a rigid schedule of the feast days of obscure saints, or a guide to planting vegetables by the planets, the Eclectic Almanac is a family scrapbook of that great cloud of witnesses and the moments in our history that people of faith should remember, celebrate, mourn, meditate over and pass on to the next generation of believers.
A special moment, person, or place for each day of the year.