A few years back, I wrote about the volume of devotional readings
that Mason gave to her graduates titled The
Cloud of Witness. It has been my heart’s desire to reprint this little gem.
At the Living Education Retreat this past weekend, I gave the opening
Conversazione in which I explained how this reprint came about. The problem was
that the new books hadn’t arrived yet; they were still too fresh for the
bindery to send!
snatched up. So the 2nd printing is under way and should be
available by September 1st.
If you are interested in ordering, you can find out the latest news by
watching the Cloud of Witness tab
above or by liking the Facebook page (The
Cloud of Witness).
include replacing the black and white picture of Holman Hunt’s The Light of the World with a lovely
color image. I will share more about this fascinating painting in a later post.
Another change is that a new forward has
been added, written by me. It explains my journey and reasons for reprinting
this book, as well as Mason’s association with it. Finally, there is the cover.
actually design a book cover?! I wanted it to be stunningly beautiful. It was enlightening to work with Cynthia Oswald. I chose the graphics for the spine based on some of my vintage books. And I love how she imitated the variety of
fonts and sizes found on the original title page for the cover. It definitely gives it an antique feel in my
mind. The eggplant color of the cover is a favorite of mine and reminds me of
royalty, richness, reverence. And the sweet yellow bookmarks are reminiscent of the bookmarks in the original editions.
with books that I cherish. Giving someone you love an e-book for a special
occasion doesn’t have quite the same effect as giving them an heirloom
hardcover. The finished book has exceeded my expectations and I will be giving
it as a gift for years to come. I hope you feel the same.
encouragement with those from the LER who are reading along and meditating on
the same thoughts and verses. Charlotte Mason knew exactly how it would bind
her students together in meditative thought.
Christian year, beginning with Advent. Each
week begins with a theme and prayer. Then each day starts with a verse followed
by poems, quotes, and other scriptures related to that theme. The passages
chosen are from such authors as George MacDonald, Matthew Arnold, Plato,
Socrates, Keble, and Wesley. Poets such
as Wordsworth, Milton, Browning, and Tennyson are included.
|one of my old copies|
|another old copy|
find the book when I received my first copy from England. The compiler, Edith Gell, was a member of the
Church of England and had this to say about that:
This little book has owed some of the noblest testimonies to
Christian thought to writers of other Communions than my own. I should be glad
if it could repay the debt by being found useful in its turn beyond the limits
of the Church of England. Even to such as do not share our own lifelong
associations with the progress of the Church’s year, a Golden Treasury of great
thoughts and aspirations culled from ancient and modern, from religious and
secular writers, may be helpful. (from the Preface)
this project. I hope to do a few others in the future!