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Letter to a Godchild: Concerning Faith

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In the year 2000 acclaimed author Reynolds Price became honorary godfather to Harper Peck Voll. As a christening gift, Price composed a letter to the child, one intended as a brief guide for Harper's spiritual future. The letter sketched the crucial roles which faith had played in Price's own life and whittled down those lessons the author felt were most valuable. Later, P ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Scribner (first published May 9th 2006)
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Lee Razer
Aug 28, 2013 Lee Razer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, religion
Price was a critically esteemed novelist and longtime Duke University professor, but more interestingly to me he wrote several books in his later decades of life sharing his religious experiences and beliefs. He had an individualist approach to a form of liberal Christianity deeply informed by a handful of mystical experiences with the divine which he was not embarrassed to write about, perhaps something of a surprise given his social and academic position.

In this slim but extremely rich volume
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Not an overly easy read, but certainly a thought provoking one. Reynolds Price gave his godson quite a gift in this letter concerning life and faith.
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May 15, 2007 Laura rated it liked it
Reynolds Price is very eloquent and I love his wording, whether in fiction or non-fiction. This book was an easy read and one that allowed for personal meditation on faith and religion.
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Reynolds Price was born in Macon, North Carolina in 1933. Educated at Duke University and, as a Rhodes Scholar, at Merton College, Oxford University. He taught at Duke since 1958 and was James B. Duke Professor of English.

His first short stories, and many later ones, are published in his Collected Stories. A Long and Happy Life was published in 1962 and won the William Faulkner Award for a best fi
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“Did I think then, or do I believe later, that the vision was in any sense a direct call to me from God or some other intelligent force in nature? Was it a gesture uniquely intended to draw me near? Near to whom and for what? Am I ready to say, at this late point in my life, that I was singled out in childhood for special attention from God?
No, I'm not. I think it's possible that such revelations await a good many people who are lucky enough, or careful enough, to spend solitary time in feasible places and to be prepared-consciously or accidentally-to listen to a widely available transmission.”
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