Leaping: Revelations & Epiphanies
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Leaping: Revelations & Epiphanies

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Brian Doyle sees stories in everything around him-his children, Catholicism, birds, cars, and friends. In this collection of essays, Brian Doyle celebrates the mystery of life. Advertising
Paperback, 194 pages
Published August 15th 2003 by Loyola Press (first published August 2003)
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There are several must-read essays in this collection, and I've added links to online versions of these at the bottom, in order of recommendation.

It is clear that most of Doyle's essays are written for himself. I consider this a strength. The naked, humble honesty of emotion he reveals is lovely because it is so human. The essays that inspire are compelling because you have felt the same as the author. Those that fail to draw me in are no less artful or honest, they merely speak of things with w...more
Brian Doyle’s Leaping: Revelation and Epiphanies is a delightful book full of stories of everyday miracles and metaphorical prayers. From the beginning, he makes clear his ability and talent of seeing the significance of otherwise menial and ordinary happenings. Drawing upon experiences and observations of such things as his young twin sons eating mud to the lost limbs of dolls, Doyle takes something small and captures the big picture beauty of it in his energetic and emotive essays.

It seems th...more
I read this book in a few hours and thoroughly enjoyed most of the essays contained within. I love Doyle's perspective and the stories of his children, his past, his faith, and 9/11. The first portion of this collection is mostly his thoughts on the Catholic religion, which I found to be very interesting and informative, especially as a non-Catholic. I really enjoyed the essay entitled "Christ's Elbows", and the ideas Doyle offered on the physicality of Christ, and what he may have been like as...more
I thought it was emotionally honest.

Also, I loved his descriptions of nature, especially.

This book is mostly essays. But I wouldn't classify all of it as essay. Some of it seems like stream of consciousness and feels unfinished. But I don't mean that as a critique. I would like to read more of his essays. I don't think this volume contained all of his best work. For book group, Melissa Franklin sent out additional essays, one of which was
Rich Rich Rich Rich, which was beautiful and powerful an...more
Author Brian Doyle has such a way with words - the essays found within this book run the gamut of emotions; always direct and honest, this collection is a keeper. I would like to find my own copy and add it to my overflowing, trying-to-whittle-down library. I could list a few favorites found within but they are all grand. If the only thing I had read was the beginning (before the essays actually) "Why Write?" the book would have been worth it.
John Orman
A celebration of life, mad life to be sure, but it's true to life too.
This book has a bunch of spirited essays pulsed out by a clever-thinking mind.

The essay "Credo" attacks the question of why Doyle is a Catholic. It is quite direct yet ethereal and moving in several ways.

And that "Altar Boy" essay about Doyle's childhood really brought back some memories of the days I assisted priests at Holy Mass.
I'm really not a fan of compilations books. This one contained essays the author had written over many years. The book lacked continuity as the age of his children jumped from birth to 3 years back to 1 years up to six years and back again and again. However, the anchovy chapter and chapter directly following it were heart-warming and funny.
Courtney Burns
Some of the essays fall into the category of must reads ("Why Write" and the section titled "Grace under Duress") and some I just endured--but those good ones were really good.
Oct 09, 2008 Nathan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Nathan by: Becky Young
I really liked the last section about kids. The ones about the Savior weren't my favorite. In general he writes really good essays, though.
Brent Fernandez
Brian Doyle writes in a way that makes me proud of my faith. His observations are simple and profound.
This is my favorite book of his essays that I have read so far.
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Doyle's essays and poems have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, The American Scholar, Orion, Commonweal, and The Georgia Review, among other magazines and journals, and in The Times of London, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Kansas City Star, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Ottawa Citizen, and Newsday, among other newspapers. He is a book reviewer for The Oregonian and a contributing ess...more
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