All Is Grace: A Biography of Dorothy Day

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Dorothy Day (1897-1980), founder of the Catholic Worker movement and on of the most prophetic voices in the American Catholic Church, has recently been proposed as a candidate for canonization. In this lavishly illustrated biography, Jim Forest provides a compelling portrait of her heroic efforts to live out the radical message of the Gospel for our time.

A journalist and social reformer in her youth, Day surprised her friends with her decision in 1927 to enter the Roman Catholic Church. In the Catholic Worker, which she launched in 1933, she found a way to combine her faith with her compelling commitment to the poor and social justice. Day and those who joined her devoted themselves to the Works of Mercy while struggling to create a new society "where it is easier to be good." An ardent pacifist, Day was frequently arrested for her protests in the cause of peace and the rights of workers.

Drawing on Day's recently published diaries and letters, Forest chronicles her extraordinary journey, with special stress on the unique spiritual vision that underlay her dramatic witness.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
There is much to be gained by studying the lives of great men and women. Human history is adorned by the lives of those able to see beyond themselves, to couple a vision of a better world with the energy and determination to make it happen. Dorothy Day was such a person. Founder of the Catholic Worker Movement and tireless advocate for the poor and oppressed, Day gathered around her people of similar passion and showed that even the least individual can make a difference. Forest, secretary of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship, has done an admirable job of documenting Dorothy Day's remarkable life and career. Day's outward journey brought her to the far corners of the Earth seeking justice and peace. But it was her inner journey, which taught her "how to see Christ in every person," that ultimately defined her place in history. The struggle for dignity and equality continues. Day's life demonstrates that grace abounds in the human spirit, a grace that must define humans' ultimate destiny. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570759215
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 387,059
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

May Day 1

From Brooklyn to San Francisco 4

Chicago 12

My Universities 21

From Jail to the Golden Swan 39

Kings County Hospital 48

Breaking Free 56

From New Orleans to Staten Island 64

Pregnancy, Faith, and Baptism 74

A Marriage That Never Happened 87

A Prayer in Washington 96

A Penny a Copy 105

Everyone's Paper 111

Ambassadors of God 120

Early Days 126

Striking Balances 134

To the Land! 144

The Works of Mercy versus the Works of War 152

A Lonely Single Parent 164

Retreats 171

Breathing in the Dead 182

The One-Man Revolution 196

Laughter in the Park 202

Bonds That Never Break 215

Concordances, Not Differences 223

A Time of Burning Children 237

Viva la Huelga! 252

Further Travels 261

A Strange Beauty 268

The View from the Window 279

The Mules Are Packed 292

Deo Gratias 301

Postscript: Saint Dorothy? 304

Dorothy Day: A Personal Remembrance 316

Sources and Resources 338

Index 341

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2011

    A Far Cry from Hagiography!

    All Is Grace: a page turner indeed, a wonderful book. The balance between Dorothy Day's own words and the author's narrative is just right. Forest sets up the personal and historical context that makes the many direct quotations from Day's published and unpublished works alive, clear, apt. This biography reads like a well-paced novel. It's a very complex weaving together of the events of Day's life and the growth of the Catholic Worker movement to make a colorful and complete tapestry.

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  • Posted November 9, 2011

    A Must Read Book

    I have read so many books and articles by and about Dorothy Day that I did not think I could learn more about this remarkable woman. Was I ever wrong! Jim Forest includes so many new facets about her thinking and life. I loved the layout with the quotes and pictures. I will reread this book many times and I highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    The photos alone are worth it!

    I have most of the books written about Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker movement. This latest one is easy reading and the photos teach a lot about U.S. history and so much of what doesn't get into textbooks or mainstream media. She is one of my heroes and Jim Forest's writing style reinforces my deep appreciation of her witness to God's love and her personal invitation to each of us to Walk the Talk of gospel love.

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