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Wayfaring: Essays Pleasant and Unpleasant Paperback – June 28, 2010
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author of The Things That Matter
A good volume of essays is a collection of aesthetically delightful and prismatically informative prose pieces, each short enough to be read at a sitting. There arent many such volumes these days, which is a pity. Jacobss Wayfaring is one: it exhibits wit, learning, and an ear for the language, and it will give you new loves while deepening those you already have. Do yourself a favor: buy and read.
Paul J. Griffiths
Duke Divinity School
author of Intellectual Appetite
These essays enthrall, enlighten, ennoble, and entertain. There is nothing unpleasant here, so never mind the title. All of these essays are gems, nothing but delight for mind and soul and body, too, if one takes into account the therapeutic value of laughter and sheer delight.
author of A Very Brief History of Eternity and Waiting for Snow in Havana
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My work is hard to describe, at least for me, because it revolves around multiple interests, primary among them being literature, theology, and technology. I also watch soccer and write about it, but that's purely recreational.
You can find out a lot more about me online: Twitter, Tumblr, my blog, my home page. Google is the friend of inquiring minds.
Top Customer Reviews
The essays in this collection are primarily from "Books and Culture" and "First Things," both outstanding publications.
I ordered this book as soon as it came out and read through it in a few sittings. Jacobs and the editors and Eerdmans did a tremendous job selecting the essays. Together they form a sort of mind map of the author, and one easily grasps how interconnected the themes addressed really are. Environmental stewardship, the importance of story, the craft of writing, the beauty of language--these topics and many others are woven throughout the collection.
Perhaps what really made the collection for me was Jacob's dry wit. The calmly devastating prose of "Do-It-Yourself Tradition," "Blessed are the Green of Heart," "A Relgion for Atheists," and "On the Recent Publication of Kahlil Gibran's Collected Works" is worth the price of admission.
But Jacobs is a multifaceted writer, and the essays like "The Youngest Brother's Tale" and "The End of Friendship" are beautiful and insightful reflections, in their different ways, on what it is to be human.
So buy the book already.
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Alan Jacobs is a true phenomenon. I don't know how he does it. His essays are full of intelligence, moral sensitivity, and great sense of judgment. Read morePublished on September 5, 2012 by Scott
I bought this book for a friend after reading an excerpt from one of the essays, and he loved it so much that he bought me a copy as well. Read morePublished on May 31, 2012 by Courtney