I read Emily Rapp's brilliant, generous, beautiful book THE STILL POINT OF THE TURNING WORLD in two days. I cried through most of it because it's that kind of story -- a searing story about love and loss and hope and life, about what it means to love people we know are going to die (which is what all of us are doing), and about what it means to craft a book and a life that can lead you out of despair. This book will be a classic. It will become a touchstone readers will turn to again and again as they try to navigate a world full of pain and suffering. Rapp's writing will sear your heart. She combines rigorous intellectual/theological/philosophical work with writing that looks effortless because it sings. At one point she writes about writing the book with her son Ronan sitting on her lap, the weight of him. She writes, "I propped him against my chest and circled my arms around him to get to the keyboard on my laptop. I stared at him and tickled him and kissed him and wished that my words, anything, could save him. But no, writing would not save Ronan. But, I thought, it might save me." Rapp's book is indeed saving, not just for her, but for all of us. Read this book and you will become a better person/partner/sibling/friend/parent.
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