Galli, a former Presbyterian minister, has written a book that is remarkably pre-Protestant in spirit if not quite in execution. His intention is no less than to rehabilitate the attributes of God-the theological, the biblical, and the loving. "We are desperate for a great and terrible love," Galli writes, and indeed many of God's attributes (he's omnipotent, jealous, and mysterious) are hard to bear. But their sometime informal evocation by Galli summons up the premodern God, awful and majestic.
In her work, novelist LeClaire (The Lavender Hour) guides the reader by means of passages in her own life that have brought her to the thoughtful practice of silence. While LeClaire's recommendations arise from a life lived in faith, she includes concrete recommendations suited for seekers of all sorts.