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The Thorny Grace of It: And Other Essays for Imperfect Catholics
by Brian Doyle (Goodreads Author)
Best-selling and award-winning essayist Brian Doyle knows that the heartbeat of Catholicism is found not in papal decrees and pageantry, but in the parish halls, potluck dinners, and the believing community. In this spirited collection of more than 40 essays, Doyle employs his trademark wit, candor, and gusto for life and faith to reignite readers’ excitement for Catholici ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Loyola Press
(first published September 1st 2013)
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I'd give this 4-1/2 stars.
I think about the motley chaotic confusing house that is Catholicism. I think about the mad wondrous prayer of the Mass. I thing about how htere are such stunning and wonderful and confusing people in the clan of Catholic. I think about how we are all several kinds of people at once and hardly know ourselves let alone anybody else. I think about how possible the Church is, and how possible we are. I think about how really the Church is lots and lots of us mulish miracle...more
A character in Doyle's Mink River speaks of fighting depression through "a ferocious attention to things." Doyle demonstrates that quality in this brief essays aimed in countless directions -- the past, public events, the minor characters of his neighborhood life, the private moments of worship services. These essays are short enough they could be blog posts, but Doyle shows that brief and casual needn't mean careless. The successful pieces (which are most of them) have intricate transitions, hu ...more
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 ...moreMore about Brian Doyle...