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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Paraclete Press (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557257035
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557257031
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 "Like a beautiful quilt, Province of Joy is a deeply loving, imaginative work of art and faith."
              -- Elizabeth A. Johnson, author of She Who Is



"Flannery O'Connor's stories help us see grace in difficult circumstances. O'Donnell artfully combines selections from her writings with prayers and readings for something wonderful: a prayer book that is old and new, timely and timeless, comforting and provocative."
             -- James Martin, SJ, author of Between Heaven & Mirth

"O'Donnell has come to see into the profound heart of the Mystery even as Flannery O'Connor, with all her trials and the torch-like Pentecostal brilliance of her Christ-like imagination, came to see it. Read this book. Study these pages and pray them."
         --Paul Mariani, Professor of English, Boston College

From the Back Cover

“Like a beautiful quilt, Province of Joy is a deeply loving, imaginative work of art and faith.” - Elizabeth A. Johnson

 

This unique “Book of Hours” is modeled on the spiritual life and prayer practices of one of our most interesting writers.

“Flannery O’Connor’s stories help us see grace in the most difficult of circumstances. O’Donnell artfully combines selections from her writings with daily prayers and readings for something wonderful: a prayer book that is old and new, timely and timeless, comforting and provocative.” - James Martin, SJ, author of Between Heaven and Mirth


More About the Author

Angela Alaimo O'Donnell teaches English, Creative Writing, and courses in American Catholic Studies at Fordham University in New York City. She also serves as Associate Director of Fordham's Curran Center for American Catholic Studies.

O'Donnell has published two chapbooks, MINE (Finishing Line 2007) and WAITING FOR ECSTASY (Franciscan University Press 2009), and three full-length collections of poems, MOVING HOUSE (2009, SAINT SINATRA & OTHER POEMS (2011), and WAKING MY MOTHER (2013).

O'Donnell's poems have appeared in a variety of journals, including ALABAMA LITERARY REVIEW, AMERICA, ANGLICAN THEOLOGICAL REVIEW, CHRISTIANT CENTURY, POTOMAC REVIEW, RUNES, COMSTOCK REVIEW, HAWAII PACIFIC REVIEW, MEZZO CAMMIN, FIRST THINGS,POST ROAD, SAINT KATHERINE REVIEW, ITALIAN AMERICANA, XAVIER REVIEW, VALPARAISO POETRY REVIEW and WINDHOVER.

O'Donnell has been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Web Prizes, and was a finalist for the Foley Poetry Prize and the Mulberry Poet's Award. SAINT SINATRA was nominated for the Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Imaginative Writing.

O'Donnell also writes essays on and reviews of contemporary poetry and literature. Her essays and reviews have appeared in STUDIES IN PHILOLOGY, COMMONWEAL,CHRISTIANITY & LITERATURE, AMERICA, ITALIAN AMERICANA, and MEZZO CAMMIN,among other journals, and have been anthologized in several essay collections, including TEACHING THE TRADITION and THE CATHOLIC STUDIES READER.

O'Donnell has also published THE PROVINCE OF JOY (2012), a book of hours based on the theological imagination of Flannery O'Connor, and MORTAL BLESSINGS (2014), a memoir/meditation on caring for her mother in the last 48 days of her life.

VISIT O'DONNELL'S WEBSITE: http://angelaalaimoodonnell.com/

To read full reviews of MOVING HOUSE, please visit the following links:

http://americamagazine.org/content/article.cfm?o=1000&article_id=12130

http://rattle.com/blog/2010/03/moving-house-angela-alaimo-odonnell/

http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2010-05/moving-house-poems

http://www.thepedestalmagazine.com/gallery.php?item=10907

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It is a fine collection of quotes, and very appropriate.
Clint Walker
O'Donnell structures the book for a full seven-day week, with devotions and prayer for both morning and evening.
Glynn Young
I greatly enjoyed this book and will use for years to come in my prayers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sheep23 on June 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Province of Joy: Praying with Flannery O'Connor by Angela Alaimo O'Donnell
Angela O'Donnell, English professor at Fordham University and poet herself has pieced together a fascinating study that takes pieces of O'Connor's work and puts them into a prayer book, bringing together theology and imagination (16). Seeing O'Connor's deep Catholic faith as part of her daily life, O'Donnell does a marvelous job at bringing out O'Connor's writing which reflects the interplay between faith and art (17). The opening introduction of the book is O'Donnell's brief account of O'Connor's life, her devotion which includes an apology for including morning and evening prayers.

In the Sunday morning prayer, O'Donnell includes a section after the prayers and scripture readings that is called Lectio Divina, which is a brief mediation on the Scripture or prayer. The sections entitled lectio divina are taken from O'Connor's work Habit of Being and Mystery of Manners shows the heart of O'Connor faith. O'Connor writes, "Only if we are secure in our beliefs can we see the comical side of the universe" (MM, 167) (33). Flannery O'Connor always has a way of fusing the comical and the serious in the same character, the same conversation that constantly supersedes our expectations. The two works quoted above delve into the more serious side of both her art but also concerning her faith and give us a rich picture of the O'Connor.

In a moment of extraordinary insight, O'Connor writes, "I don't know if anybody can be converted without seeing themselves in a kind of blasting annihilating light, a blast that will last a lifetime...I don't think of conversion as being once and for all and that's that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Modelk66 on August 3, 2012
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DISCLAIMER: I received an Advance Reader's Copy of the book The Province of Joy: Praying with Flannery O'Connor by Angela Alaimo O'Donnell from Paraclete Press in exchange for a publicized review of the book.

Review: Anyone that is familiar with Flannery O'Connor knows she was a prolific writer as well as a devoted Catholic. In this book, Angela O'Donnell attempts to combine both of those aspects of O'Connor's life. She has structured the book in a week's worth of daily prayer times patterned after the Catholic model, and has interjected O'Connor's writings and personal reflections in those daily prayer times for reading and reflection. This would be an excellent tool for any Christian - regardless of denomination - to enhance one's spiritual formation. I can easily see this book being coupled with a week of fasting to greatly deepen and strengthen a personal relationship with God. At the end of the book, O'Donnell has inserted a compilation of other writings and quotes from other authors. While these are good selections and excellent readings, I personally would have liked to have seen some more of Flannery O'Connor's writings in these sections, but that does not detract from the usefulness of the book. Catholic or not, take a one week sabbatical from work and the world with this book and a Bible, and I have a feeling you will care less about your denominational title than you will about your title as a child of God.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Glynn Young VINE VOICE on June 24, 2012
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I first started reading the works of Flannery O'Connor in 1975. A friend at the company I then worked for introduced me to "A Good Man is Hard to Find," and I was hooked. I read all of her fiction; "Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose;" and "The Habit of Being," her letters as collected and compiled by Sally Fitzgerald.

O'Connor was a Southern writer, yes, but she transcended the region. She was a literary writer, and her reputation grew, and grew mightily, after her death from lupus in 1964.

Her characters and plots can seem strange when you first start reading, and can be jarring and disconcerting. But as you read her fiction, you learn that behind the misfits and charlatans and con-men are the universal themes of grace and redemption.

Another odd thing about her writing, and this may very well be what originally pulled me into it, was that she was a devout Catholic writer writing within (and often about) a largely Protestant South. For a reader like me, a Protestant raised in largely Catholic New Orleans, her writing was almost instantly familiar, in both a specific and a general sense. I knew what it was to feel something of a misfit in my culture.

O'Connor prayed, too, and she prayed in accordance with her Catholic faith. In "The Province of Joy: Praying with Flannery O'Connor," author and poet Angela Alaimo O'Donnell has a created a devotional guide, on that reflects both O'Connor's Catholic faith and the themes of her writing.

O'Donnell structures the book for a full seven-day week, with devotions and prayer for both morning and evening. Each day has a theme, and the order of the devotional is far more structured than what might be familiar to most Protestants (and even some Catholics).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Vogt on May 23, 2012
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Many people consider Flannery O'Conner the best short-story writer of the twentieth century. Her macabre tales of death and dysfunction shake readers out of their comfort zone in order to show them grace in the darkest of circumstances. Her work continued to be praised by religious and secular critics alike.

However when studying her work, Flannery's faith is often ignored. She was a devout Catholic who loved the Sacraments, studied the Summa, and prayed each day. Her faith clearly grounded her stories, inspiring themes like redemption, the surprise of grace, and the horror of sin.

While a small handful of books probe her spirituality, fewer if any explore her personal prayer life. This makes Angela Alaimo O'Donnel's new book, Province of Joy, The: Praying with Flannery O'Connor (Paraclete Press, paperback, 155 pages), a welcome contribution.

A poet and English professor at Fordham University, O'Donnel has written a book which is less biography and more "prayer book." It's structured like a "Book of Hours," with morning and evening prayers for seven different days. Each day carries a theme, such as "The Christian Comedy", "Blindness and Vision", and "Facing the Dragon." Each also has a Gospel meditation, prayers from the Divine Office, a passage excerpted from Flannery's writings, and some closing reflections from O'Donnel herself.

The Divine Office structure is ripe for meditation and moreso when you add Flannery's own writings. Here's a sample passage:

"Faith is a "walking in darkness" and not a theological solution to mystery.
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