Shadow & Light

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A Continued Favorite among Professors and Students Now Available in its Third Edition

If you are searching for a unique collection of engaging literary works that treat the enduring quest for God, meaning, and purpose, then consider Shadow & Light: Literature and the Life of Faith, described by Image Update as "the stand-out, single-volume faith and literature text." This popular anthology, now in its 3rd edition, is composed of judicious selections of the world's finest poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, drawn from classic writers like Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Hawthorne, Dickinson, Browning, O'Connor, Bonhoeffer, and C. S. Lewis. But the anthology is also replete with memorable selections from some of today's most admired writers, including Wendell Berry, Denise Levertov, Annie Dillard, Erin McGraw, Scott Cairns, and Gina Ochsner.

Many professors from faith-based universities have found Shadow & Light an invaluable asset to their introductory English classes, including Dr. Deborah C. Bowen, Professor of English at Redeemer University College:

"The purpose of this collection is one that has brought great pleasure to me and my first-year students…I've found that even students taking a core English course under duress respond quite viscerally to some of these pieces, and I've had some very thoughtful written interactions from them."

A perennial favorite among professors, students, and general readers seeking wisdom and illumination, this third edition of Shadow & Light features several key changes:

  • An increased number of nonfiction essays, short stories, and poems
  • An expanded essay section to include timely works on environmental issues
  • A greater number of contemporary voices, providing a more diverse and interesting conversation about culture, nature, ideas, and faith
  • Full-length plays have been deleted in response to users’ comments, freeing up space for additional poems, stories, and nonfiction essays

Please consider reviewing a desk copy of Shadow & Light as a possible course text and feel free to pass along this invitation to the rest of your department. To receive a desk copy, contact the ACU Press by phone at 325-674-2720. If you choose to adopt Shadow & Light for your classes, we will reserve the required number of books and will contact your bookstore to ensure they receive the books in plenty of time before the semester starts.

I hope you will consider this book to better help your students discover or further enjoy a love of literature.

Look through the Table of Contents for the 3rd Edition