48 episodes

Listening to the past can help us to understand our present, but it is so difficult to read ancient works of literature and theology alone. I’m Dr. Grace Hamman, a scholar of medieval literature and mother of three. Old Books With Grace shares my love for old books and listens to the wisdom emanating from these long dead voices. My hope is that Old Books With Grace will empower you to approach often intimidating works of literature and theology and as a result, ask questions of our current age. We live in a time that values the new and the now more than ever. But I truly believe that these books speak outside of the echo-chambers in which we so often find ourselves and help us to find ageless truth from lost centuries.

Old Books With Grace Dr. Grace Hamman

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 39 Ratings

Listening to the past can help us to understand our present, but it is so difficult to read ancient works of literature and theology alone. I’m Dr. Grace Hamman, a scholar of medieval literature and mother of three. Old Books With Grace shares my love for old books and listens to the wisdom emanating from these long dead voices. My hope is that Old Books With Grace will empower you to approach often intimidating works of literature and theology and as a result, ask questions of our current age. We live in a time that values the new and the now more than ever. But I truly believe that these books speak outside of the echo-chambers in which we so often find ourselves and help us to find ageless truth from lost centuries.

    Harke! Despair Away: Advent 2022

    Harke! Despair Away: Advent 2022

    In this second installment of the Advent series on poetry, Grace meditates on  George Herbert's marvelous poem, "The Bag." Listen to Herbert command despair away as Christ becomes incarnate and carries our prayers in his very body.

    • 19 min
    Were we led all this way for birth or death?: Advent 2022

    Were we led all this way for birth or death?: Advent 2022

    In the first episode of the Advent 2022 series exploring Advent & Christmas poetry from the past, Dr. Grace Hamman meditates on T.S. Eliot's The Journey of the Magi and our status as pilgrims in the world.
    Read The Journey of the Magi.

    • 19 min
    Praying with Puritans with Robert Elmer

    Praying with Puritans with Robert Elmer

    Grace welcomes Robert Elmer, the editor of Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans and Fount of Heaven: Prayers of the Early Church, the first two books in the Prayers of the Church series from Lexham Press. Grace, a medievalist slightly suspicious of Puritanism, learns about the beauty of these prayers from the sixteenth & seventeenth centuries and about Robert's own processes of finding and selecting these historical and powerful prayers. 

    • 39 min
    On Beauty and Literature with Sarah Clarkson

    On Beauty and Literature with Sarah Clarkson

    Beauty is just as significant to our spiritual and moral lives as truth and goodness. Sarah Clarkson has often found this beauty in literature. Grace welcomes Sarah, author of This Beautiful Truth: How God's Goodness Breaks Into Our Darkness, to discuss the intersections between story, beauty, and suffering. Along the way, some very recognizable names come up as sources of profound beauty in literature: J.R.R. Tolkien, L.M. Montgomery, George Eliot, and more...
     

    • 53 min
    The Delights of Dickens with Gina Dalfonzo

    The Delights of Dickens with Gina Dalfonzo

    Grace welcomes Gina Dalfonzo, editor of The Gospel in Dickens (Plough Publishing House) and founder and editor of Dickensblog, to chat all things Charles Dickens. What is the appeal of this wordy writer (whom, as Gina reminds us, was NOT paid by the word)? Join Gina and Grace for a fun conversation discussing why we love and return to Charles Dickens over and over despite his foibles and flaws.

    • 57 min
    The Beauty of Old English with Eleanor Parker

    The Beauty of Old English with Eleanor Parker

    Dr. Eleanor Parker joins Grace to discuss the beauty of Old English and her delightful new book on the Anglo-Saxon calendar year, Winters in the World: A Journey Through the Anglo-Saxon Year. 
    Eleanor Parker is Lecturer in Medieval English Literature at Brasenose College, Oxford. She is the author of Dragon Lords: The History and Legends of Viking England (2018), Conquered: The Last Children of Anglo-Saxon England (2022), and Winters in the World: A Journey Through the Anglo-Saxon Year (2022). She has also written for History Today and is the creator of the Clerk of Oxford blog.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Ashae528 ,

Wonderful!

I have so enjoyed listening today! Talking about old books and the joys, beauty and wisdom contained within. I highly recommend.

amyscand ,

Beautiful Guidance

This podcast guides me to greater thoughts and ways.

jaycel adkins ,

Enjoyable podcast

Really enjoyed podcast with Zena Hitz!

Top Podcasts In Arts

WaitWhat
NPR
Avery Trufelman
Blind Nil Audio and Pod People
The Moth
Roman Mars

You Might Also Like

Angelina Stanford and Cindy Rollins
Goldberry Studios
Sarah Mackenzie
Sally Clarkson
Tsh Oxenreider
Cindy Rollins