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All the Way to Heaven: The Selected Letters of Dorothy Day

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“The publication of the letters of Dorothy Day is a significant event in the history of Christian spirituality.” —Jim Martin, SJ, author of My Life with the Saints

Dorothy Day, cofounder of the Catholic Worker movement, has been called the most significant, interesting, and influential person in the history of American Catholicism. Now the publication of her letters, previo
Paperback, 624 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Image (first published October 20th 2010)
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Cassaundra Aunna
Aug 13, 2012 Cassaundra Aunna rated it really liked it
I've been sitting here, trying to think what to say about this book, All the Way to Heaven: The Selected Letters of Dorothy Day. It is so breathtakingly real. She was so involved in the Christian world, she lived it and breathed it. The book/letters were beautiful, and inspiring. However, I cannot say it better than Sister Wendy Beckett who stated "These wonderful letters (wonderful even in a merely human sense) can almost startle us with their revelation--natural, unpretentious, non-preachy--of ...more
Dick Hamilton
Jun 02, 2012 Dick Hamilton rated it it was amazing
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First, I want to say that no one will ever collect your emails and make them into a book. Your children will not save your email either. But your letters might be saved so you should always write letters. But on to the book itself. This was absolutely wonderful and showed her ongoing struggles, her triumphs, and her faith, which never seemed to waiver. The letters provide a terrific insight into her life and the many things she did, but always within the context of her faith. There is also a ...more
Mary V
Jan 31, 2013 Mary V rated it liked it
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I won ALL THE WAY TO HEAVEN: THE SELECTED LETTERS OF DOROTHY DAY by Dorothy Day as part of a GoodReads give away. It was an interesting enough book, but I guess a series of one-way letters just isn't my thing. I did read the entire book, just to let you know; but it was a slow process because of the letter thing. Many of the people and references in the letters meant nothing to me. Some of the letters' recipients were perhaps people I had maybe heard about but many were complete strangers. I ...more
As a non-Catholic, I have to admire Day’s commitment to pacifism and serving the poor. The contrast in content and style of her letters before and after she committed herself to Catholicism and the Catholic Worker is stunning and is testimony to the power of finding your true path. Her letters are also testimony to the personal cost of living your convictions. Opposition, personally, politically, and spiritually, is ever present throughout the letters but as she continually reiterates, her faith ...more
Oct 11, 2013 Stuart rated it really liked it
All the Way to Heaven is an anthology of letters written by Dorothy Day from 1923 to 1980. I did some research to find out the year in which she was born (which was 1897 if you were wondering). This means that these letters began when she was approximately 26 and continued til February of 1980, when she was 82 years old. This is impressive in and of itself. Like most twenty-somethings, her early letters deal with love and relationships. This first series was written ten years before she ...more
Julie James
Mar 29, 2013 Julie James rated it really liked it
one quote (from p 304): "...we are getting the help we need little by little. It is true that it is begging, but the contempt that goes with it, the standing before the judge over and over again, the misrepresentations in the papers, the being accused of being a slum landlord and exploiting the poor, etc, not to speak of my past life being dragged in again and again, all goes with it so it must be pleasing to our Lord." It's just one quote from a 573 page book of letters, but what I loved about ...more
Wes Mccomas
Oct 21, 2012 Wes Mccomas rated it really liked it
Ever since i first heard of Dorothy Day I have thought of her as a modern day Saint. I felt energized reading her letters . My adirmation for her life long love affair to "Lady Poverty" and her self-less commitment to " the least of these" reminds a selfish world of whst is right and.
Aug 28, 2013 Larisa rated it really liked it
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Fascinating look into the life of a dedicated woman in touch with other passionate social change advocates.
Nov 06, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
This book presented a vivid picture of the struggles and joys experienced by Dorothy Day. Her life really came alive through her written words. Engaging read.
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Dorothy Day was an American journalist, social activist, and devout Catholic convert. In the 1930s, Day worked closely with fellow activist Peter Maurin to establish the Catholic Worker movement, a nonviolent, pacifist movement that continues to combine direct aid for the poor and homeless with nonviolent direct action on their behalf.

A revered figure within the U.S. Catholic community, Day's caus
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