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The Blood of the Lamb by Peter De Vries
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Apr 18, 2012

really liked it

A number of great American novelists from the 20th Century are disaffected or 'wrestling' Catholics; De Vries wrestles with his Dutch Reformed background. De Vries is frequently compared to Thurber or Mark Twain - he has rare gift of writing with great humor and tragedy, often in the same paragraph.

There were two main things I got out of this short but powerful read. First, 'The Blood of the Lamb' came out in 1961, and it has a 'Mad Men' era feel to the struggles and questions that may have faced nominal Protestant men of that time. You may get some insight into how the 'Silent Generation' dealt with money, a desire for sophistication (and the problems that go with it), sex, and God.

'Blood of the Lamb' is mainly known, however, for the loss of the narrator's only daughter to a battle with leukemia. De Vries lost a daughter himself to this evil cancer, and the writing of the last 75 pages is beautiful but harrowing. Highly recommended to Pastors and others dealing with parents struggling with grief; especially for those who may be struggling with God.
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