- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: Bison Books (November 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0803298005
- ISBN-13: 978-0803298002
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #638,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gravity and Grace Paperback – November 1, 1997
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This seems to be the book most people recommend to start with. It's pretty quick and shouldn't be too hard a read for most folks. I'd probably describe the style as aphoristic. You can pick different chapters to skip about in without losing much of an argument's thread. That said, you should totally read the whole thing.
Weil's thought is complex, mystical, and challenging. This is a book that should probably be read a couple of times before any strong opinions are formed, so I'll just say this: I found her ideas to be very compelling, but I bristled a bit at her veneration of suffering.
I can't wait to read more of her work.
I read "Gravity and Grace" from beginning to end, but it doesn't have to be consumed this way. In fact I will probably come back to this material repeatedly because there are many deep thoughts here that just need to be chewed over in that way. Since it is organized by topic you can pretty much dive into it wherever you like. I say go into this book with an open mind and a sufficient appetite for spiritual discovery.
It is definitely an interesting read. Simone Weil seems to compare Gravity with materialism, and Grace with spirituality, and her interpretation of the effect they have on each other.
We are submerged in a sea of individualism, narcissism, materialism and self obsession.
We are even taking selfies.
Simone identifies with the outsider and finds her happiness in obligation to others,
A great message for Christmas.
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It is dark and cold, but illuminated by a heavenly wisdom.
Weil was a philosopher of the spirit.Read more