Being opened to God's grace paves the way for recovery from addiction and other idolatries. Becoming opened to God's grace is the door to joy, wonder, and awe. Becoming opened to God's grace is the antidote to arrogance and bigotry, and makes possible the love of neighbor and self. We can w face suffering and loss and doubt squarely, with faith that Christ is present with us. These are among the themes developed in Paul Nicely's new book, Opened to the Mystery of God and the Glory Revealed in Us. Through fifteen sermons, and other writings, Nicely witnesses to what he calls a robust progressive prophetic Christian faith. He identifies himself as a child of the Enlightenment who stands in the liberal theological tradition. Nicely would concur with the current slogan, I take the Bible seriously but t literally. He hors intellect and also the insights of mystics, poets, and other artists. The opening sermon vigorously affirms the prophetic values of peace and justice and love. It addresses the fears that make us settle for safety and the false security of religious certainty. Faith is equated with courage and risk-taking for the sake of justice and inclusiveness. Other sermons rejoice in the glory that God reveals in us human beings, and in the God-given gifts that equip humanity for serving the common good. An underlying assumption is that all of life is sacred, and is to be lived accordingly. Nicely wants his hearers to take seriously the baptismal promise to open our eyes to seek.... Christ in all persons. Nicely shares some highly personal moments, like the lyrical outburst when his eldest son was born. A recentmessage to his five sons sketches his urthodox theological beliefs. He concludes with tender tributes to his late wife Ann, with whom he was married for 55 years.