Jacobs, Alan

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The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis

Jacobs seems to have written this with an eye to the time between the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s and the events of 9/11, when it seemed that democracy had finally achieved peace, only to find it widely rejected. His look at how these five figures struggled with similar turns of events is worth pondering.

The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography

General readers will enjoy the peregrinations of the Book of Common Prayer itself and will profit from Jacobs's cultural and religious insights and commentary. Anglophiles and students of ritual, literature, and religion will also gain appreciation of the paradoxical nature of human language and actions.

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction

This book is just right for its audience, whom Jacobs names as "those who have caught a glimpse of what reading can give—pleasure, wisdom, joy." A vigorous and friendly exhortation to get back into the kind of reading that made you a reader in the first place. Recommended.


A superb introduction to Jacobs's style and approach, as well as a point of entry to many subjects in religion, philosophy, and literature. Pleasurable and educational for the general reader.

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