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Love in the Void: Where God Finds Us

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Simone Weil, the great mystic and philosopher for our age, shows where anyone can find God.

Why is it that Simone Weil, with her short, troubled life and confounding insights into faith and doubt, continues to speak to today's spiritual seekers? Was it her social radicalism, which led her to renounce privilege? Her ambivalence toward institutional religion? Her combination
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Published May 4th 2018 by Plough Publishing House
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Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book. It definitely helped to get an idea or perspective of who Simone Weil was and what she believed, even though at times I thought, what are you talking about, or no...I don't think that's what that means... I agreed with so much of what she said and I was able to make amends for what I didn't understand or disagreed with due to the fact that she's French and this was in the 30s/40s, when taking that into consideration it makes a lot of sense. Also to the fact that, so muc ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
How does one begin to approach such a modern mystic, such a pure spirit as Simone Weil? She was described Nobel Prize winner Albert Camus as "the only great spirit of our time." I first encountered her work years ago, back when I was in undergraduate school when I came across a copy of her Waiting For God. It was my love for the novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky that I had been reading obsessively that caused me to begin a further studying into Existentialism and had begun reading everyone from Kierke ...more
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Simone Weil has given us some insight to encounter the love of God. Love is God and we all need Love to keep us going forward. Love your neighbor is one of the most given commandment you need to fulfil with beauty and grace. This book is a good example of the love we should have for one another.
Joseph J.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those of a spiritual bent
Won in a Goodreads giveaway. This is not a book to read cover to cover; rather it is a book to revisit and inhale and meditate upon. As a lover of biography Simone Weil's brief but unique life interests to say the least. From non-believer to a true philosopher upon how we reach God, Weil felt a magnificent kinship with soldiers on the front in World War I, to the starving in Asia, and to the factory workers with whom she chose to share a monotonous life. Willing to return to France to fight Nazi ...more
Alli Shoemaker
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that transcends time and space, hitting on truths my brain couldn’t cobble together but faintly knew. I recommend this to anyone who is agnostic like Simone Weil was.
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-reads
An interesting story and a good read.
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Plough Publishing has given us another gift in their "Spiritual Guides" series: Simon Weil's Love in the Void: Where God Finds Us.

In this spiritually-rich and philosophically-deep collection of essays, Simon Weil offers us reflections on a range of topics -- love, beauty, suffering and idolatry. Weil is sadly unknown by large portions of the Christian world. She studied and taught philosophy in Le Puy-en-Velay, France, where she was also politically active, writing for union movements and the an
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this book one encounters what I would describe as singularity of mind... wholehearted and unfailing, focused attention on, and seeking of God.... a difficult concept to wrap itself around for the modern, scientific oriented mind. For her, there seems to be nothing else; everyday life, beauty, nature... all yearn and lead to the centering of the soul on a transcendent God, who permeates all things at a distance as well as within.

"The extinction of desire - or detachment - or amor fati - or de
Mark Schlatter
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hoopla, devotional
I only read about a third of this over several weeks (as devotions) and then returned it to the library. At times, I found Weil's prose a bit dense, but well worth rereading to discover the nugget of truth that blew my brain apart. For example, I was greatly moved by her description of attention as an act of faith and holy inspiration. Definitely something I need to find in a physical copy.
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
All reviews I have seen say that this is a great book of writings of a great mystic ... and I do not doubt any of this; but I did not find it compelling. Much of it I did not understand; some parts I simply did not find convincing. Having said this, I am assuming that so many people could not be wrong, and accepting that I was not competent to get value from the book.
Sean Sullivan
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great variety of essays and a good introduction to Weil for someone like myself who had never read her before. If you are interested in existential philosophy, and especially if you enjoy the Christian existentialists like Kierkegaard, Dostoyevsky, Marcel, etc. - I'd highly recommend this book.
Melissa Nelson
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Weil delivers a profound and precise relationship with the grace of all that’s divine. Worth reading again and again, I expect it to reveal more with each encounter.
John English
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I've wanted to read Simone Weil for awhile, and receiving an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley gave me an opportunity to do this. A brief introductory biography and well-chosen selections provided a good overview of both Weil's philosophical and her spiritual thinking. Recommended as an introduction to an author who is often quoted but rarely read.
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Simone Weil was a French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist. Weil was born in Paris to Alsatian agnostic Jewish parents who fled the annexation of Alsace-Lorraine to Germany. Her brilliance, ascetic lifestyle, introversion, and eccentricity limited her ability to mix with others, but not to teach and participate in political movements of her time. She wrote extensively with both in ...more
“A popular Spanish song says in words of marvelous truth: “If anyone wants to make himself invisible, there is no surer way than to become poor.” Love sees what is invisible.” 2 likes
“God is not present, even if we invoke him, where the afflicted are merely regarded as an occasion for doing good. They may even be loved on this account, but then they are in their natural role, the role of matter and of things. We have to bring to them in their inert, anonymous condition a personal love....In true love it is not we who love the afflicted in God; it is God in us who loves them.” 1 likes
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