Unusual in structure, ambitious in depth and breadth alike, this five person literary biography (Auden, Eliot, C.S. Lewis, Simone Weil, Jacques Maritain) showcases Jacobs’ scholarly brilliance. But it also presents the urgent, probing zeitgeist among Allied country’s Christian writers, poets, and public intellectuals as WWII begins to turn in their nations’ favor. Their engagement with the war’s — and in particular, it’s new technologies’ — lasting effects on hearts and minds, on education and the humanist tradition, in one crucible year, deserves contemplation today.
As a devout atheist, something happened to Sara Miles when she wandered into St. Gregory Episcopal Church in San Francisco and took part in her first communion. The bread and the wine transformed her and she begin learning about what it meant to “become the bread.” Having fed people as a kitchen worker and cook, she took the "feed my sheep" commandment literally and translated it into a food pantry at St. Gregory's, even challenging the priests’ ideas of what it means to be a Christian. Take This Bread is an inspiring story told from an unlikely follower.
Catholic scholar Garry Wills sparks a flint of life into the modern Church. In Why Priests?, through erudite, succinct, and readable chapters Wills picks apart the historical development of the priesthood, making a case for its theological incongruity with the beliefs and spirit of the early Church. Wills contextualizes problems that the Church faces today and offers great hope for renewal.