This essay is the forerunner to Givens' book "The Crucible of Doubt," in which the text of this essay is repeaGreat essay, but go for the book instead
This essay is the forerunner to Givens' book "The Crucible of Doubt," in which the text of this essay is repeated almost verbatim, but expanded upon greatly. With that in mind, I'd skip this Cliff Notes version of his important and beautifully written book. ...more
I feel, were it possible, that this book should be required reading for all LDS folks, though anyone in any other faith, or simply on a journey of faiI feel, were it possible, that this book should be required reading for all LDS folks, though anyone in any other faith, or simply on a journey of faith, would likely learn much from Givens' insights. For those who have read or are interested in reading Michael Ash's "Shaken Faith Syndrome," "The Crucible of Doubt" puts forth a much more powerful argument in favor of a general faith, whereas Ash does an admirable job as an LDS apologist on specific topics. Nevertheless, I greatly prefer Givens' tone, and the beauty of his prose rivals that of C.S. Lewis, whose writings I admire.
A fellow reviewer suggested The Crucible of Doubt should be a Sunday School class in and of itself. I fully agree, but the likelihood is extremely slim, unfortunately. However, in recent months I have come to understand that at church, with such a broad landscape of believers in attendance, it is too difficult to dive into deep, philosophical discussions of scripture and gospel topics with the short time we have together each week. Alas, for some it may always feel that we are only being given 'milk' to sustain us when what we seek is 'meat.' Givens, in multiple instances, chides the faithful seeking spiritual meat to go find it! We are not forbidden or locked into studying only a short list of "approved" texts on Sundays or all of the other days of the week, we have a plethora of world literature at our finger tips from which to draw! After all, have we not be instructed to read from the "best books?" We can seek after learning and growth on our own time, but the time we spend at church is for worship, not scholarship (I found Givens' definition of 'worship' very enlightening).
In the epilogue, Givens reiterates the message that forms the spine of this important book's message:
"...The call to faith is a summons to engage the heart, to attune it to resonate in sympathy with principles and values and ideals that we devoutly hope are true, and that we have reasonable but not certain grounds for believing to be true. And that what we choose to embrace, to be responsive to, is the purest reflection of what we love."
What Wendy McClure said. ;) I can hardly improve on such a good review. I will only add a quote from Rose herself:
"I wrote that every American is govWhat Wendy McClure said. ;) I can hardly improve on such a good review. I will only add a quote from Rose herself:
"I wrote that every American is governed only by the principle of personal responsibility and that his or her most important freedom is the absolute freedom to flourish or fail. The question each person must answer is whether that freedom is worth the terrible effort, the never-lifted burden, the price of individual self-reliance and insecurity. Yes, insecurity. Because if we are aiming to be genuinely self-reliant, we must learn to embrace uncertainty and anxiety. If we fail, there will be nothing to break our fall— nothing but whatever cushion we have managed to create for ourselves. I understood this in the context of my parents’ pioneer lives, built on the freedom to flourish or to fail. In the context of my own lifelong struggle for freedom and self-reliance—and my own deep uncertainties."
If only feminism today would embrace this credo, women the world over would be better off than they are under big government, big daddy programs. ...more
I enjoyed this book, but every chapter left me wanting more information. The A Life Inspired certainly felt more liAwfully brief, but well constructed
I enjoyed this book, but every chapter left me wanting more information. The A Life Inspired certainly felt more like an e-book than a book in digital form; there was just so much more to say, more depth to the material that was not included. Perhaps the point was to make it more like a C.S. Lewis primer than a full biography? Nevertheless, Gordon and North did whet my appetite for more about this interesting and complex man, but I'll be seeking out other sources to get a more complete biography of him. ...more
A good solid mystery, but I liked the BBC adaptation better. The book, set in the 1960s, just made me hate the 60s even more for what it did to good cA good solid mystery, but I liked the BBC adaptation better. The book, set in the 1960s, just made me hate the 60s even more for what it did to good culture and manners. ...more