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The Gospel in Dorothy L. Sayers: Selections from Her Novels, Plays, Letters, and Essays

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In this anthology, renowned murder mystery writer Dorothy L. Sayers tackles faith, doubt, human nature, and the most dramatic story ever told.

For almost a century, a series of labyrinthine murder mysteries have kept fans turning pages hungrily as Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane discover whodunit, again and again.

Detective novel enthusiasts may not know that for almost
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Published October 30th 2018 by Plough Publishing House
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Kathy
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book shouted at me from the "new book" shelf at my library as a fan of Sayers' mysteries. Though I may well own a copy of all of her mysteries, I was ignorant of her life, associations and subsequent accomplishments. This book, published by Plough Publishing House is a wonderful introduction to those missing pieces. Plough is the printing offshoot of the Bruderhof Community, yet another religious community group I was unfamiliar with. I should say this book may be a challenge or hold little ...more
Joseph J.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Dorothy Sayers; those interested in spirituality/faith
I began this book distantly aware of Dorothy Sayers as a mystery writer, and vaguely recognizing the name of her fictional protagonist, Lord Peter Wimsey. I was unaware of Sayers reputation as a biblical interpreter and a scholar-translator of Dante's The Divine Comedy. I had no idea of her religious background-high Anglican and daughter of a rector-or her career in advertising and jingle writing prior to World War II. A single mother who placed her son elsewhere after his birth, she "adopted" h ...more
Becky
First sentence: For almost a century, the murder mysteries of Dorothy L. Sayers have kept enthusiasts hungrily turning pages.

The Gospel in Dorothy L. Sayers is an anthology with dozens of excerpts from her works: her mystery novels, her radio plays, her essays, her poems. The chapters seem to be arranged somewhat thematically. There are chapters on faith, forgiveness, belief, pride, envy, greed, creativity, time and eternity, etc. Each chapter includes at least one long excerpt and sometimes sev
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Bob
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Summary: An anthology of Sayers' work organized by theological topics, drawing on her detective fiction, plays, and essays.

This work is the latest installment in Plough Publishing's The Gospel in Great Writers series, and it is a gem. Dorothy L. Sayers was one of the first women to receive a degree from Oxford. Her experience in an ad agency became a resource for a series of Lord Peter Wimsey (and Harriet Vane) detective mysteries. As a committed Christian, and friend of the Inklings, she was ca
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Cheryl
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Gospel in Dorothy L. Sayers Edited by Carole Vanderhoof

Initially known for her detective novels in the late 30’s - early 40’s, Sayers went on to write plays that rendered religious tones with high praises. Almost the alter-ego of Dorothy Parker, who also wrote the same varied genres, including ad slogans, Sayers had as much the hidden messages/undertones in her writings as Parker did obvious snark.
What I enjoyed most about this was it was a leisure read, given each chapter was its own story
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Gilion Dumas
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sayers is best known for her detective series featuring Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. But she also was a noted classic translator, apologist, and theologian. This anthology traces faith-based themes through her popular fiction and other writings.

The book is part of the Gospel in Great Writers series from Plough Publishing House and follows the same format. Each chapter takes a different topic -- Conscious, Forgiveness, Pride, or Sacrificial Love, for example -- and then lays out large exc
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Glenn
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book written by our favorite author who shares with us different selections of her works. So well written for our pleasure to take you on an engaging journey through her works tackling some of the hard subjects. This book is simply amazing and a great addition to your library.

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THE GOSPEL IN DOROTHY L. SAYERS: Selections from Her Novels, Plays, Letters, and Essays

In this anthology, the subtext of Christian faith is revealed in the works of famous murder mystery writer Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957).

For almost a century, her whodunnits captured the imagination of fans who hungrily followed the exploits of detectives Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane.

Mystery buffs may not know that she was also an esteemed essayist, playwright, apologist, and preeminent translator of Dan
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Susan
This has helped me appreciate Dorothy L. Sayers even more than I did already. Each chapter spotlights an aspect of the gospel found in snippets from Sayers' writings, both fiction and non-fiction. Most of these I had already read (novels, essays), but others were new to me (lectures, letters, sacred plays). It made me realize that I missed a lot by racing through the mysteries, too fixed on the plots and "who-dunnit" to see the depths Sayers' explored through the characters--greed, pride, self-s ...more
Mandy
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is probably one for the die-hard Dorothy L Sayers fan, one who is also interested in and knowledgeable about theology. I don’t fall into that category, but nevertheless I found much to discover in this exploration of the Christian thinking in her work. Until recently I’d never even looked at any of her books, but then I read my first Lord Peter Wimsey in a literature class and came to realise how multi-layered and complex her work actually is. I’d certainly never thought of her as a Christi ...more
Libby
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recently a friend was lamenting how few people today know Dorothy Sayers as a theologian (although she wouldn't call herself that). This book seeks to remedy that oversight. The well-selected excerpts follow themes through both her fiction and non-fiction, as well as personal letters. Recommended both for readers who are unfamiliar with this creative Christian thinker and those who know her and want a thoughtful compilation drawn from her writings. Review based on an ARC received through NetGall ...more
Dave
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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What a wonderful collection! Reading these excerpts particularly in the format they were given, gave insight into who Sayers was as a person and what she hoped to accomplish with her writing. Arranging the excerpts by topic really helped give a thorough perspective of how deeply these ideas permeated her writing, both fictional and non-fictional. Quite a few of the chapters were very thought provoking as some of her views are incompatible with current opinions. I highly recommend this for anyone ...more
Rick
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I came to this wonderful book as I was starting my second Lord Peter Wimsey mystery; the timing was delightful. It is a compendium of Sayers work [fiction, drama, correspondence and prose] surrounding key themes: art, faith, the incarnation, etc. There were many nuggets to be enjoyed. The end result is an earnest desire to read more of her.
Kathie
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have loved all the “Lord Peter Whimsey” mysteries, and her ARE WOMEN HUMAN essay; but several of the essays in this, I found to be profound. It’s the sort of book you want to compel your friends to read so that you’ll have someone to discuss it with!
Annarella
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great book! I'm a fan of Dorothy Sayers and it was really interesting to read about a different approach to her works.
More on an ethical and religious side than usual.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to Plough Publishing House and Edelweiss for this ARC
Carole Vanderhoof
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I admit that I edited this book, and am rather proud of it!
Sherry Klusman
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Providing a review for this book has been a delightful challenge. I hesitated reading this book because at first
glance it struck me as a choppy, dry compilation of plays, letters, and essays --- not the normal book I would select to read. Lesson learned --- don't judge a book by its cover. I quickly found myself distracted by the interjected plays and letters, though interesting, but wanting instead to absorb and stay spellbound by Dorothy's insight on numerous topics including but not limited
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Very thought provoking, I will be passing this on
because it is sooooo worth reading !
Thank you very much.
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Dorothy Leigh Sayers was a renowned British author, translator, student of classical and modern languages, and Christian humanist.

Dorothy L. Sayers is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between World War I and World War II that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante's Divina Co
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