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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595550232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595550231
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jonathan Rogers received his undergraduate degree from Furman University in South Carolina and holds a Ph.D. in seventeenth-century English literature from Vanderbilt University. The Rogers family lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where Jonathan makes a living as a writer.


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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ann Gehin on November 3, 2012
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First, I have to state I have never read a Flannery O'Connor book. Second, I had no intention of reading a spiritual biography about her. But when Andy Gullahorn tweeted that 1) he was actually reading a book, and 2) was loving it, I figured I should put that magic book in my queue.

It arrived yesterday. I meant to take just a quick glance at it and put it on the shelf for later reading. Incredibly, I could not put the book down, and read then entire book in one sitting.

Flannery, herself, is an interesting subject, as it appears were her works. I truly, truly enjoyed reading of Flannery's works and of her Catholic devotion to the sacraments and the mysteries. However, it was Jonathan's writing style that completely captured me. It flows effortlessly, like a moving stream. Once caught in the flow, I surrendered to the pure joy of reading. How many biographies can one say that about? Never dry, never tedious, simply clean and sweet.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Zan Tyler on February 5, 2013
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Jonathan is an excellent writer and editor. I was first introduced to his writings in his Wilderking Trilogy, which I love. The Terrible Speed of Mercy has given me insight into O'Connor which I have never had. I can't wait to go back and re-read her works, based on the knowledge I have gained from this book.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mockingbird on April 29, 2013
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I read this hoping it would provide some of the theological depth missing from the Gooch book, but no such luck - it covers the same ground as Gooch, only in less depth. It is not a "spiritual biography;" it is a short, perfunctory biography, quoting the same passages everyone knows, and making the same observations all commentators have made (the analysis of O'Connor and racism, for example) touches all the usual bases and goes no further. There are a few original insights here, but very few. The grammatical and typographical errors are not numerous, but there The biography that contains a thorough understanding of her theological world view, her work, and her world, remains to be written.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kate on July 12, 2013
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Kindly Jonathan Rogers allows Flannery O'Connor speak for herself. The image of writers and artists as desolute, tortured souls who bear their lives throughout their works. Then critics and professors take it upon themselves to deconstruct every line looking for a hidden truth behind the writer's every word.
Mr. Rogers lets Flannery puncture these illusions.
The very thing that lets a story rise to literature is that each reader brings to that tale their own immediate perspective which further shapes the tale, writer's intentions aside. Which makes dissecting their work really an attempt to get others to see the work through their lenses.
O'Connor did not seem to have too much truck with that type of academia...anymore than with feel good nuns to little children stories. Her communication with others tell her back story best.
This is a well organized biography that doesn't attempt to psychoanalysis the subject, or make a melodrama of her life. He gathered her own words and let her tell her own story without embellishment, and respected her deep faith. One can imagine she would have been pleased at his effort.
Very enlightening
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Audie Osborn on December 9, 2012
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Flannery O'Connor's faith fundamentally informed her writing, or so she says. As a southerner and O'Connor fan (and a person of faith) I deeply appreciated the bio. I cannot compare it to other works since I haven't read them, but I did enjoy this very much as it gave me a better insight as to how O'Connor saw her work as an extension of her faith. And while I marvel at her talent, count me among those who don't get the connection between faith and dark, violent literature. If you are intrigued by O'Connor like me, read this book.
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