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Love & Salt: A Spiritual Friendship Shared in Letters Paperback – February 1, 2013
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"There's so much to love here: two articulate women who are not afraid to share their doubts and flaws as well as their joys and discoveries. It's not that much of a stretch to call this something like an epistolary novel: you'll get involved in their lives. You'll wonder how the story is going to turn out. You'll encounter love and loss, crises and triumphs, but throughout it hear these moving, honest voices—hungry for God yet vulnerable, wise, and true to one another."
--Gregory Wolfe, publisher of IMAGE
- Laura Booz, Blogger Behave, Ten Million Miles
"It is hard not to treat this book, so uncommonly honest, almost with reverence, for within its pages lies such personal and raw emotion that treating it with anything less would feel wrong."
--Catholic News Service
--The Christian Century
About the Author
Amy Andrews is a recipient of the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction and teaches mathematics at Northwestern University. She lives in Evanston with her husband and two children.
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Top Customer Reviews
This intellectually rich book is poignant and life-giving. Who can say that the spirituality genre is formulaic, full of Chicken-soup garbage, fraught with cliché, and weighed down by religious propaganda? NOT this book. This book is timeless and beautifully and soulfully written. A testimony to friendship, meditative, humorous, one that will make you think and stir you to joy.
In its essence, Love & Salt is the powerful story of two souls journeying toward one another and to the mystery. An Emily Dickinson line comes to mind: Life is not all conclusion. I love all the mystery in this book.
Love & Salt symbolizes the times we live in when everything is so incredibly hurried and harried, and no one STOPS. Certainly not to stop long enough to write an old-fashioned letter and to affix a stamp! And they are anything but commonplace letters.
This is the kind of book I'll buy for friends. I will teach from it. I will read it often and read passages aloud. A story of love and friendship--through the salt of tears and the salt that binds. I will hold this book dear.
Truth be told, I'm writing this review weeks after I thought I would. For all of the right reasons, this book took me far longer to read and digest than I had planned. At first, I was on track to complete a first read-through within a few days! The reading is so deeply enjoyable, I stayed up far past my bedtime, enraptured by the letters. But things changed three-quarters of the way through. I needed time to process the authors' friendship, thoughts, and losses. I spent a week just thinking things over. One day, I knew it was time to finish the book. I discovered that it had sunk down in my bedside pile of books until it lay on the bottom, covered by lighter reads, a tin of lotion, and a vanilla soy candle. I couldn't deny the symbolism of recovering the book from its depths and opening it again, to discover the redemption and honesty of the ending. This was the perfect book to begin 2013, instructing my heart in friendship, honesty, trust, and a deeper faith in God. Best of all, it reminded me of my daughter Juliette, whose grave taught me about the sting of death, but whose spirit taught me about Jesus, the Victor who swallowed it whole.
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I recently went through the RCIA process. The class was modified from material taught to 5th graders. Read morePublished 10 months ago by KAS
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