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The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage Hardcover – April 5, 2003
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In the midâtwentieth century four American Catholics came to believe that the best way to explore the questions of religious faith was to write about themâin works that readers of all kinds could admire. The Life You Save May Be Your Own is their storyâa vivid and enthralling account of great writers and their power over us.
Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk in Kentucky; Dorothy Day the founder of the Catholic Worker in New York; Flannery OâConnor a âChrist-hauntedâ literary prodigy in Georgia; Walker Percy a doctor in New Orleans who quit medicine to write fiction and philosophy. A friend came up with a name for themâthe School of the Holy Ghostâand for three decades they exchanged letters, ardently read one anotherâs books, and grappled with what one of them called a âpredicament shared in common.â
A pilgrimage is a journey taken in light of a story; and in The Life You Save May Be Your Own Paul Elie tells these writersâ story as a pilgrimage from the God-obsessed literary past of Dante and Dostoevsky out into the thrilling chaos of postwar American life. It is a story of how the Catholic faith, in their vision of things, took on forms the faithful could not have anticipated. And it is a story about the ways we look to great books and writers to help us make sense of our experience, about the power of literature to changeâto saveâour lives.
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and listening on my Ipad. Now, I want the book...
as a cross reference to the listening. I had this book
but wasn't ripe enough to read it. And now, I can listen
longer than I can read so the new format of Audible is
perfect! and with ECHO I can fill the house while I putter
or simply celebrate thru the art of listening.
This is a HUGE undertaking...and conceptually a mind mapping
of the best and brightest who have had an influence on many of
First, I am grateful to the author... whatever grace shook you into
starting sustained you to complete it.
Second, the Audible format (and range of listening options) allows
me to sustain my engagement with work of this magnitude.
Third, the book will help me to index the audio chapters... in a way
that isn't possible otherwise.
Also... the 'voice' of the reader has a resonance with the material
that is authentic and consistent across hour after hour... truly amazing.
The organization of the material across each Pilgrim... is brilliant and
makes the Mind-Mapping deeply spiritual while being historically composed.
Perhaps, I am just now ripe enough myself to appreciate this...
I don't think so... though a listening heart would be an asset.