A rural Texas boy grows up to become Time magazine's "best theologian in America"-that's the unlikely story behind Hauerwas's arguably destined journey to academic fame. Hauerwas (Resident Aliens) learns that his mother, like Hannah in the Book of Samuel, prayed for the blessing of a child whom she would offer to be in God's service. The theologian then weaves a compelling narrative that incorporates his humble beginnings as the son of a bricklayer, his troubled first marriage to a mentally ill woman, and his industrious intellectual pursuits. The result is a memoir that is both a well-documented story of Christian renewal and a superbly candid investigation into the scholarly mind. Fans of Christian memoirs will be pleased with Hauerwas's frank yet poignant style, and those who are simply fans of the memoir genre will find the book's careful blend of faith and scholarship easily accessible and far from didactic.
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Most contemporary memoirists tell stories about themselves that are the next thing to first-person-narrator fiction. Renowned theologian Hauerwas prefers to talk about others. While he relays the facts of his life, he focuses on his family, friends, and colleagues far more than on himself. He obviously owes his rooted, second-nature Christianity to his parents, and he maintains the working-class consciousness he imbibed from them in his unpretentious friendliness and candor, though he did have to lose the salty workers’ diction he’d picked up from his bricklayer father’s work crew as his academic career advanced. His friends and colleagues (mostly the same people) helped him shape his thought as he became increasingly sure that Christians must be nonviolent, helped him transfer from Notre Dame to Duke and thrive at both, and helped him persevere while his first wife descended into angry, delusive mental illness and, then, separate from her and carefully find new love. You don’t have to be interested in theology to enjoy, perhaps a little bemusedly, this theologian’s warm testimony. --Ray OlsonSee all Editorial Reviews
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A good memoir. I didn't know much about him and found the book insightful and encouraging. Seems to be a real truth seeker and a good friend to those he knows.Published 6 months ago by Sam
A theologian's memoir? What a strange idea... but Hauerwas is known for those.
Hannah's Child is Stanley Hauerwas' reflections upon his life as a theologian and someone... Read more
A very personal glimpse into the life of a complex man who has helped better understand God and thus ourselves. A Great read!!Published 14 months ago by Ed Long
I truly enjoy coming in contact with these type of God honoring stories. I am thankful for his sharing of his growing reliance on Christ. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Cash Dowdy
Really good if you like hauerwas. I like hauerwas. Great review of his life, his work, and his friends. Read morePublished 19 months ago by H. Han
I think this was one of the best memoirs that I have ever read. It is one of those books that pull you in and wont let you go until you consider the story it has to tell. Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by Trev
Over the years I've come to love reading Christian biographies and memoirs more and more. When I saw that Stanley Hauerwas, a Methodist theologian and professor at Duke Divinity... Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by Wyman Richardson
Stanley Hauerwas' memoir wonderfully weaves biography with theological reflections throughout. He is as honest as anyone could possibly be. Read morePublished on November 10, 2012 by M3
I had never heard of Stanley Hauerwas until I read this book in my book group. This memoir made me feel as if I know him personally. Read morePublished on June 8, 2011 by Marthajane Cassidey