Simone Weil is an outsider's saint. The daughter of an agnostic French family of Jewish descent, Weil was never baptized ("God does not want me in the Church," she wrote), and her conversion to Christianity at the age of 23 took her by surprise. Until then, she had been a solemn, committed leftist intellectual. Now she was moving toward a life of divine encounters whose desolate ecstasy, as described by the journals, letters, and essays excerpted in Waiting for God, bear comparison to St. John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila. As Leslie Fiedler writes in her introduction to Weil's book, "She speaks of the problems of belief in the vocabulary of the unbeliever, of the doctrines of the Church in the words of the unchurched." The book is most notable for Weil's lengthy letter titled "Spiritual Autobiography" and for her "Meditation on the Pater Noster," which is the discursive record of a spiritual process that led to her almost daily attainment of a mystical vision of God. This is not pretty writing; it is an agonized record of amazement. --Michael Joseph Gross --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Almost too important to be included in one's list of preferred reading for one year only." -- T. S. Eliot
"By now Simone Weil has become a legend and her writings are regarded as a classic document of our period." -- The New Yorker
"In an age of inspirational books without inspiration, her writing is unmatched for surprising, sometimes shocking, spiritual insight." -- New York Times
"Madameoiselle Weil is the most truly spiritual writer of this century." -- André Gide
"One of the most neglected resources of our century." -- Adrienne Rich --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
One of the best books ever written. Her depth, clarity, and unique thought will plant seeds into your mind.Published 1 month ago by RPSeagle
Wow, what a woman! An incredible mind compelled to seek the truth, the divine, the eternal. I like her philosophy of a unique personal endeavor to find God, without the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wm Blest
The theme of this book as well as several others meets the growing edge in my spiritual journey. It is a read that requires time and thinking!Published 15 months ago by TJH
This is a book for everyone. One of the reasons is because integrity is so attractive. The quote from Kierkegaard comes to mind: Purity of heart is to will one thing . . . Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kirk Allison
This book has referenced in the Magnificat that I read daily. It looks to be a very easy read for Lent..Published 18 months ago by diane mcmullin
Simone Weil lived her life to the maximum, though she died at 34 in 1943. Intellectually a genius, her passion was to know and live life through the eyes of the sufferings of... Read morePublished 18 months ago by John Kuypers
I am very pleased with the volume I received and have no complaints at all! I absolutely treasure it and you more than met my expectations.
Divided into a bio/intro, a series of letters to a Catholic priest (though not the replies), and several essays, "Waiting for God" is a very uneven and choppy book, and not at all... Read morePublished on October 28, 2012 by Christopher