Purple Mountain Majesty by Karen Margulis spoke to me of meeting expectations while still "coloring outside the lines", of the mountains and valleys of Advent, both majestic and ordinary. I loved her energetic, painterly--almost abstract--style.
"Slavery ended in medieval Europe only because the church extended its sacraments to all slaves and then managed to impose a ban on the enslavement of Christians (and of Jews). Within the context of medieval Europe, that prohibition was effectively a rule of universal abolition. "— Rodney Stark