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House of Prayer No. 2 by Mark Richard
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Mar 07, 14

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I recently reread this book and it was even better the second time. It's easy to roll one's eyes at Richard's writerly good fortunes and boyish romps, but the point is, Richard pays fortune back by his generous tithing of The House of Prayer #2--good fortune (writing success) begets a new church for a humble congregation, which is informed by Richard's realization that his greatest gift from God is his ability to reach people through his writing. Sometimes--as in the case of The House of Prayer #2--Richard's writing has a direct and positive economic impact on others.

The boyish, mischievous romps are a defiant response to a Crippled Children's Hospital doctor saying he'd be wheelchair bound by 30, so it's important to read the book within this particular context of disability and its association with failure and uselessness (compare the doctor with Coach Sandidge, the black PE coach during integration who requires Richard to play baseball and circle the bases with his cane). Richard's response to the doctor is to live life to the fullest, even if it gets him into occasional (or frequent?) trouble.

Here's a good interview about the book that Richard conducted with Tavis Smiley:

http://video.pbs.org/video/1834813727/

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