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Flannery O'Connor: Spiritual Writings (Modern Spiritual Masters Series.) Paperback – May 1, 2003
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A terrific read . . . . a riveting portrait of a woman of unquenchable faith. --The Georgia Bulletin
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Ellsberg selects the best from the voluminous collection of her letters, "The Habit of Being," and arranges them for accessibility and understanding in sections entitled "Christian Realism," "Mother and Teacher," "Revelation," "A Reason to Write," and "The Province of Joy."
Flannery didn't want to be a voice crying in the wilderness. She wanted to reach an unbelieving audience even though she bridled at being called a "Catholic writer." She preferred to be called "a Christian realist" and said that "one of the awful things about writing when you are a Christian is that for you the ultimate reality is the Incarnation, and nobody believes in the Incarnation, that is, nobody in your audience." Flannery wanted her audience to be broad and for that she strove to become the best story teller possible, beginning with her stint at the Iowa Writers Workshop. She went on to become required reading in college English courses. There are PhD theses galore now on this most excellent of American writers.
Although she died just as the Second Vatican Council was beginning, she was awesomely prescient in her observations on the Church, including its warts: "We sometimes have to suffer more from the Church than we do for it."
This is spiritual reading, yes, but it is also an inside look at a great artist.
I'm not doing justice to this book, nor to Flannery O'Connor herself. You will just have to see for yourself, which is all Flannery ever asked us to do.
I wanted to begin my review with Book Reflections because I believe most people will not take the time to read a book review of a biography/Compilation of writings of an author that they have never heard of it. Another reason I begin this way is because many of those who may take the time to read her may dismiss her because she was a Catholic. O'Connor has a great deal to teach us in regards to the difficulty of grace. O'Connor's writings will provoke conversation, discussion, and deep thought. O'Connor's stories will stick with you and challenge your interpretation of reality. O'Connor also has many lessons to teach aspiring authors. O'Connor takes writing and the thoughts behind writing to a level that most will never reach. I highly encourage you to buy everything that you can of O'Connor. Many of O'Connor's short stories are available for free online. Pick up and read!
Robert Ellsberg does a fantastic job of bringing together Flannery O'Connor's Spiritual Writings. Ellsberg pulls from various stories, letters, articles, and essays by O'Connor (e.g. Mystery & Manners, Wise Blood, The Presence of Grace, ect). The book covers that which influenced O'Connor, in her own words. The book also demonstrates O'Connor's influence and necessity of the church within her writing. Finally, and most importantly the book demonstrates O"Connor's contribution to writing itself. O'Connor is worth reading, even if you only read her Mystery and Manners. Mystery and Manner is a book about how to write. O'Connor will cause you to take the next step into the lives of the characters, which you may be writing about. Large chunks of Mystery and Manners can be found throughout the book. If you have never read O'Conner this is a great introduction to her works.Read more ›
Flannery O'Connor seems as much like the sweet old story telling sweater wearing Jesus lovin' cat lady living down the street as she does the eloquent thinker theologian philosopher who weilds a mighty pen.
Yet neither description gives justice to the woman nor her works.
Flanner O'Connor is a human who spent much time in conversation with God. Read the Bible deeply and frequently. And not only was disciplined in her reception of the Sacraments, she pondered them and the grace within. She regarded the Church with a loving, firm, steady gaze. Unflinching. Considering natures human and divine.
I might be a 40 something woman in the 2000s. But find this brief collection of Ms. O'Connor's letters, chapters, comments is so very relevant!
I am glad that I bought this slim volume and have had the chance to read with a small discussion group. It was an excellent introduction. Am eager to read more of her writing, personal letters and formal fiction alike.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've read most of her short stories and was enchanted with the HABIT OF BEING by Sally Fitzgerald.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was captivated by the advertisements and articles about the book. It is a simple yet profound work. Pages seem to make us feel like we are with the writer.Published 6 months ago by Maryann Pasda Diedwardo
Oh I tried to love it. Read it for a book club. Found it boring, dry and tedious. Bummer.Published 7 months ago by Texas42
Great book for all who want to know the spiritual - and I'd say prophetic! - dimension of that great writer! Profound and beautiful!Published 21 months ago by Maria T. Moreira
Excellent! I had no idea how spiritual Flannery O'Connor was...Published 22 months ago by Mary Ellen Durbin
While reading contemporary authors who are believers I was impressed by the number of times they make references to Flannery O'Connor. Read morePublished on July 10, 2014 by John McLaughlin
It is a beautifully written book.
I found it very Interesting and relatable.
What I liked most was how it showed her humanity and her struggles
Flannery O' Connor wrote over 20 stories stories and two novels. She would have wanted her work to be published clean as a razor-sharp knife (Like the content of her stories and... Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by inthefoam