Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace - Anne Lamott

In Small Victories (Riverhead, $22.95), her latest book of essays, Anne Lamott writes about those little moments in the midst of suffering when grace is most apparent. With the wit and guts that her fans have come to expect from her, Lamott describes walking with friends who are dying, her own struggles with addiction, difficult relationships with family members, and the grief of loss—and she finds that a holiness resides in all of these things. If God is found, as many Buddhists believe, in the space between breaths, Anne Lamott has found Him again and again in the unsteady breathing of trials and tragedy.
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ISBN: 9781594486296
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2014

Silence: A Christian History - Diarmaid MacCulloch


The esteemed Oxford professor Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch follows his comprehensive Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years with a briefer but no less eloquent study of Silence: A Christian History (Viking, $27.95). When part of the devotional continuum taking a soul from active meditation (often aided by silent icons) to the purer state of contemplation, silence has been a virtue and a blessing. It’s also been a shield, used by 16th-century conversos who practiced Christianity but maintained an unspoken devotion to Judaism or Islam. But silence can hide what ought to be revealed, and in this it’s been a sin of both omission and commission, whether as the Catholic Index of banned books or the concealment of child abuse, or the wider Christian tacit approval of slavery, which isn’t explicitly condemned in the New Testament. And what about that term, New Testament, anyway? MacCulloch points out that it turned Hebrew scripture into “the Old Testament,” silencing its identity as the Tanakh and making it merely a prelude to the Christian gospels. Deeply researched, this book yields many such telling details; for instance, the silence most widely practiced now, the public moment in remembrance of the dead, started in 1912, after the Titanic disaster.

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ISBN: 9780143125815
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Published: Penguin Books - August 26th, 2014

Afterlives of the Saints - Colin Dickey

Colin Dickey’s Afterlives of the Saints (Unbridled, $24.95) is an intelligent, engaging introduction to the strangest of Catholic saints. From the most extreme ascetics, like Saint Simeon—said to have lived on a pillar for almost forty years—to the way one becomes the patron saint of barbeques (hint: it involves a fire, a martyr, and a grill), Dickey’s interwoven essays examine the origin stories of a handful of saints and how their myths have evolved over the centuries. Dickey is deliciously witty and insightful, and his cast is not only sacred but infinitely entertaining.
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ISBN: 9781609530723
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Published: Unbridled Books - June 12th, 2012