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Drawing on stories from the lives of the saints, scripture, and everyday life, Jim Forest opens up the mysteries of the beatitudes. These ancient blessings, with which Christ began his Sermon on the Mount, are all aspects of communion with God. As Forest shows, they are like rungs on a ladder, each one leading to the next. They appear at the doorway of the New Testament to provide an easily memorized summary of everything that follows, right down to the crucifixion (“Blessed are you who are persecuted”) and the resurrection (“Rejoice and be glad”).
Jim Forest served for twelve years as General Secretary of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation. His many books include Praying with Icons, All Is Grace: A Biography of Dorthy Day, Living with Wisdom: A Life of Thomas Merton, Loving Our Enemies, and The Root of War Is Fear: Thomas Merton's Advice to Peacemakers. He lives in Alkmaar, the Netherlands.