From Library Journal
Like Ragman and Other Cries of Faith, The Orphean Passages grew out of Wangerin's experience as an inner-city pastor but is stylistically more ambitious. Using Orpheus as a metaphor for Christian "faithing" (made a verb to stress doing over intellection), Wangerin elucidates various faith "passages" through the story of Reverend Orpheus, a young white pastor in a ghetto parish. Orpheus journeys from blissful first faith through "death and mourning" (loss of faith) and "mortification" (modern-day asceticism and good works); renewed conviction; sin (inflated pride), guilt, and dying (to self) both as expiation and share in Christ's passion; and finally achieves an unexpected resurrection. While some may find use of the Greek myth unnecessary, few readers will fail to respond to Wangerin's passionate concern. Anneliese Schwarzer, formerly with "Library Journal"
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From the Author
Walter Wangerin Jr. first came to prominence as the award-winning author of The Book of the Dun Cow. He has since won many other awards and honors for his books, including the best-selling Book of God. Wangerin holds the Jochum Chair at Valparaiso University in Indiana, where he is writer-in-residence