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Waiting for God Paperback – April 7, 2009
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"By now Simone Weil has become a legend and her writings are regarded as a classic document of our period." -- The New Yorker
"In an age of inspirational books without inspiration, her writing is unmatched for surprising, sometimes shocking, spiritual insight." -- New York Times
"Madameoiselle Weil is the most truly spiritual writer of this century." -- André Gide
"One of the most neglected resources of our century." -- Adrienne Rich --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Weil died of physical and mental exhaustion at age 34 after an arduous life of fasting, writing, and working in solidarity with the most downtrodden of society. Besides her amazing solidarity with the working class, it is Weil's profound writings that have established her legacy. Contemporary Albert Camus called her "the only great spirit of our time." T.S. Eliot wrote in his forward to one of her books: "We must expose ourselves to the personality of a woman of genius, of a kind of genius akin to that of a saint." In his essay titled, "The Importance of Simone Weil," Czeslaw Milosz wrote, "France offered a rare gift to the contemporary world in the person of Simone Weil." Waiting for God (Harper Perennial, 2001) is the best introduction to her spiritual writings, and what follows are some highlights from that work.
The first few chapters consist of letters she wrote to her friend, Father Perrin. Though one gets a better sense of how she felt and struggled daily living out her ideas, it is her four essays in the latter half of the book that show the most profundity and coherence of thought.Read more ›
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I was touched and amazed to read Weil's thoughts about the nature of the Christian Trinity -- that it is bound by love. But also that separation is intrinsic to love. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Barbara Falconer Newhalll
It is important to name the translator. Amazon should always list the translator among a book's "Product Details." The translator of this edition is Emma Craufurd.Published 7 months ago by LB Thompson
Not a fan of the translation- had to read it in the original French to make sure Weil didn't actually write how the translator wrote. Translator took idioms too literary. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sarah H
One of the best books ever written. Her depth, clarity, and unique thought will plant seeds into your mind.Published 13 months ago by Josee
Wow, what a woman! An incredible mind compelled to seek the truth, the divine, the eternal. I like her philosophy of a unique personal endeavor to find God, without the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Wm Blest