Words to Live by: Abraham J. Heschel’s, The Prophets

The Prophets, published in Germany in 1936, was Abraham Heschel’s dissertation. Heschel had the good fortune to live.  We have the good fortune that he did live.  At the end of his career he revised his dissertation, coming full circle to give us perhaps a more expanded view of The Prophets. While The Prophets still… Continue reading Words to Live by: Abraham J. Heschel’s, The Prophets

A Novel About Waking up to Trees: The Overstory by Richard Powers

Oddly, this most wonderful book about trees, The Overstory, is not in the nature section or non-fiction section of your local bookstore; it is in the fiction section. If one book could be in all sections, I guess I'd put it there; since the characters are fictional, and the events, as they relate to the… Continue reading A Novel About Waking up to Trees: The Overstory by Richard Powers

Part I: The Way of Simone Weil: _Waiting For God_(The Letters)

This Easter I was praying at home -- typically I would be traveling back and forth to church during the Triduum, starting with the foot washing on Holy Thursday and ending with the Saturday vigil. I would be singing, sitting still, looking around to see who I knew and trying to maintain a sense of… Continue reading Part I: The Way of Simone Weil: _Waiting For God_(The Letters)

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

I was so excited about Housekeeping that I suggested, or rather insisted, my 11 year old read it. She read about four pages and said it was too confusing. I could not let it end there as I felt this was a book she would like. "Why is it too confusing?" I asked.  She said… Continue reading Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson