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Revelation: A Search for Faith in a Violent Religious World

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Acclaimed journalist Dennis Covington examines how faith and violence shape our world.

In war zones witnessing widespread conflict, what makes life at all worth living? When chaos becomes a way of life in places where religion and violence intersect, what do people hold on to? If religious belief is, as Christopher Hitchens argues, the cause of wars and genocide, then is f
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 16th 2016 by Little, Brown and Company
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Holly
Jul 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
I'm not sure about this one. I feel an unexplained fondness for Dennis Covington, because of a book called Salvation on Sand Mountain, his personal exploration of snake handling churches in Appalachia. He seems like a kind man, but deeply troubled, and in this new book I learned of his extremely difficult years since the early 1990s - divorce, bankruptcy, loss of faith, a series of spiritually-induced mental breakdowns and hospitalizations - though he only mentions these crises and doesn't explo ...more
Kathleen
Jun 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I heard Dennis Covington speak at the Festival of Faith and Writing in 2016. He is the author of Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia. The book was a finalist in the National Book Award of 1995. Someday, I hope to read that book. He's a bit of a character - my view - his looks, his voice, but I like him. And, I think I liked this book because of hearing him. He read the chapter, The Headless Girl. (In 2012, New York Times correspondent C.J. Shivers pos ...more
Leslie
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
What, exactly, is the author’s purpose in undertaking the travels chronicled in this book? It isn’t “a search for faith”, of that much I am sure. The author gives a clue, however, when he asks himself this question in the book: “I began to wonder what my search for faith was about. Was I merely an aging narcissist who was willing to take risks in order to get just one more story before he checked out for good?” I can provide an answer to his question: “Definitely YES”.
Wendy
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads/First Reads
Shelves: non-fiction
In "Revelation: A Search for Faith in a Violent Religious World" which I won through Goodreads/First Reads Dennis Covington goes on a quest in a world filled with the violence of man's inhumanity against man to find the faith of Hebrews 11:1 - "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." In a spiritual journey he looks for faith in suffering in places where people face extremes.

In the ups and downs of life that for Dennis includes divorce, alcohol addiction, depression,
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Sandra
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
I feel the title is misleading - occasional comments about faith were made but it was mostly about his own sad life and his visits to Turkey and Syria in 2012 - 2014. I had been to the area of Turkey that he visited so the book kept my interest more than it would have otherwise. It was unclear to me why he was even there except to tempt fate. He met a lot of people trying to do good but it didn't appear that he did any. I probably would not recommend this book to anyone.
Paul
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
I would give the author an A for effort, but the book ends up to be a lot of "me, me, me" with little insight.
Mar
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Based on Covington's faith and life experiences, I thought this book would be interesting. His recent journeys covered in this book deal with his travels into Syria and Turkey. He also recounts some of his early life in Birmingham and his family responsibilities in the USA. The book dealt a lot with the horror, harshness and bleakness of war. There isn't a lot of hope, which makes sense, but the author comes away unsure if God exists and the book is more a processing of his experiences, without ...more
Mark Webb
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book touched home for me. I needed this read!
Paul
Sep 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-finished
Started and just couldn't finish it.
Katharine Rudzitis
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Tough for me to follow the thread, but many moving vignettes.
Paul Womack
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An interesting journey seeming renewed faith by entering the heart of darkness. What god he find? He fun there is often goodness to pure to be destroyed by evil. This is a faith that is distinct from belief. To have such a witness!
Kevin Summers
Mar 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult
Sample quote: "Faith, as Saint Paul said in his letter to the Galatians, is a fruit of the Spirit, and a fruit is something tangible, life-sustaining. A gift. But I don't think the gift of faith comes from a church or a religion. I think that it comes from the same source that life does, and that it first arrived in our consciousness as a conviction that life had meaning."
Eleanor
Feb 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction, religion
A bitter disappointment. My full review is here.

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