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In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World Paperback – October 18, 2016
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Reading this personal meditation about life now, we are reminded of Augustine's Confessions and Newman's Apologia: it comes from the heart, it recognises the hurts and the triumphs, and it encourages us to say 'hello' to new things. * Network Magazine *
About the Author
PÃ¡draig Ã? Tuama is a poet and theologian based in Belfast. He teaches on religion, storytelling and conflict transformation, and is a popular speaker at conferences and festivals in Ireland, the UK, the US and Australia. He is the leader of the Corrymeela Community, a Christian witness to peace in Northern Ireland, and is the author of two books of poetry: Readings from the Book of Exile and Sorry for Your Troubles, both published by Canterbury Press.
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"This is probably the most powerful book I have read all year. It is, to borrow C.S. Lewis’ summation of “Lord of the Rings”, good beyond hope. The author’s blending of poetry, theology, biography,and story is an artifact too rich to be summarized — it must be experienced. Reading this book will wound, heal, and grow your heart. The author approaches the painful, glorious fact of being one’s self in the world and the inscrutable love of god in a way that will have me coming back and back to this book."
The book itself is memoir so laden with philosophical and theological reflection that it could just as easily be classified as a piece of narrative theology or philosophy. Pádraig Ó Tuama has also included poems between chapters in a tacit acknowledgement of the final inability of prose to communicate all that needs to be said. If I were to find that he writes music as well I would pay much to hear him communicate through that medium as well. More than nearly any author I have read Pádraig Ó Tuama brings together a deep wisdom and the beauty of medium. This book is worth reading for so many reasons but here is one reason that would be enough all on it’s own. In In the Shelter the three transcendentals: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty dance together and are as one. After reading it, one does not, quite, feel that any discussion of the relation between those three will be adequately understood by those who have not read it.
Part theology, part memoir Padraig sprinkles hope throughout the book and leaves us wanting to be more courageous, more kind, more generous, more understanding, more human.