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Waiting for God by Simone Weil
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“As one has to learn to read or to practice a trade, so one must learn to feel in all things, first and almost solely, the obedience of the universe to God. It is really an apprenticeship. Like every apprenticeship, it takes time and effort.”

–Simone Weil

Book No. 08 of 2018

This was the first I’ve read of Simone Weil beyond a few scattered quotes, and wow, her writing is sharp, honest, and challenging.

Waiting for God is a collection of essays and letters, largely her correspondence with a priest who was a dear friend. She discusses her reluctance towards baptism, connects her own spirituality with other cultural encounters, and unpacks what it really means to love your neighbor.

In spite of how long ago this was written, Simone Weil is such a compelling communicator that it was easy to get a sense of what she was like as a person. Extremely open minded, capable of seeing things through so many different lenses, while at the same time being completely honest things she can’t buy into completely, refusing to practice something without being convinced of its significance.

I have a lot of respect for her work, and this is one piece I’m really thankful to have read.


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Reading Progress

March 28, 2018 – Started Reading
March 28, 2018 – Shelved
March 28, 2018 –
page 20
March 28, 2018 –
page 20
April 3, 2018 – Finished Reading
April 12, 2018 – Shelved as: christian

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