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For the Time Being

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2002

    Thought Provoking

    I think this book may create some very uncomfortable moments for those who are comfortable in their faith. The range of Dillard's reflections is awesome, and embodies her wide span of experience and powers of observation, as well as her gift for powerful prose.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2000

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

    In this book, Annie Dillard's unconventionality makes the reader either love her writing or hate it. I would have the say that she did go about her writing style in a rather unique and creative way. It certainly did grab my attention, but I became so frustrated with the book when things would not make sense to me. I admire her for being able to take the risk with the reader, being well-aware that she may not be happy with their extreme reactions. However, I guess this is what writing is all about: creating an impact on the reader. I will never forget her book because it was like nothing I have ever read before, and probably will never read in the future. So if you're interested in being challenged and have the ability to control your patience level, I definitely recommend adding this book to your reading collection.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2003

    One of Our Best Writers

    The writing in this book was so beautiful, I never wanted it to end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2000

    Challenging, meaningful, heavy stuff!

    'For The Time Being' is, all at once, a personal journal of Dillard's theological vision and an objective history of the world. It bears no religious barriers, but reaches deep into the readers' minds, like a deep-tissue massage, to bring us into the big picture of who we are, why we are here, and where we came from. I will walk away from it puzzled, refreshed, stimulated, and confounded! It brings out all sorts of troubling theological paradoxes, but at the same time reassures that we humans, in our perceived greatness, can never expect to comprehend the solutions to these paradoxes. It's definitely not a light bedtime read. . .it serves well as an experiment in critical thinking and will leave me changed (for the better) for the rest of my life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2000

    Perfect

    Very few books will change your life; this is one of them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

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    This book was highly reccomended by well meaning people. I read it looking for wisdom
    And found it laking. Maybe if I were 20 years old it would have more meaning but at my advanced age I fond little which was new
    And helpful. I did not like this writer,s style
    Of jumping around from one subject to another and then back and forth and so on.
    The points made could have been made a lot sooner with fewer words and ramblings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2000

    Makes you scratch your head, in a good way!

    Annie Dillard provides the reader with a unique reading experience. Although her writing is unusual and unconventional, the substance of the book is powerful. Dillard explores the world both physically and spiritually. She challenged me to evaluate my life, beliefs, and values. It forced me to think of things I would not have considered if I did not read this novel. Despite the fact that her writing may be confusing at times, I recommend everyone to experience this novel!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2000

    Interesting, to say the least

    As a high school student, I found that this book was definitely not the typical assigned reading title. By going on her own metaphysical journey, Dillard forces the reader to do the same. I may not have understood the book that well this time around, but I do plan on reading it again later on in life. Maybe then I will be able to gain more from it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2000

    If you only read one thing this year...

    I started this book the day I graduated and I have to say that it has been so true to life and influential that I fully intend to pass it on as well as read it again and again. Not to mention the fact that I've already bought ALL of her other books thus far, it truly is a must have. If you read nothing else....

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