Leaping: Revelations and Epiphanies

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After more than twenty years of "diligent scribbling," author Brian Doyle, an award-winning Catholic writer and editor of Portland Magazine, collected over thirty of his essays and put them together in this book. From a series of seemingly incongruous musings, Doyle weaves a compelling tapestry of stories with spirituality as the common thread.

Doyle writes eloquently about life and death, fear and faith, miracles and the mundane. In this compilation of literary writings about ...

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Overview

After more than twenty years of "diligent scribbling," author Brian Doyle, an award-winning Catholic writer and editor of Portland Magazine, collected over thirty of his essays and put them together in this book. From a series of seemingly incongruous musings, Doyle weaves a compelling tapestry of stories with spirituality as the common thread.

Doyle writes eloquently about life and death, fear and faith, miracles and the mundane. In this compilation of literary writings about Catholicism, his children, birds, and cars, Doyle powerfully captures the Catholic lay spirit. Also included is a poignant memorial to the victims of September 11. Recalling his past, celebrating his present, and looking to the future, Doyle reminds us that by noticing the mysterious cycle of life we become aware of the blizzard of blessings that surrounds us.

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Currently the editor of the award-winning spiritual quarterly Portland Magazine (from Univ. of Portland, OR), Doyle selected and arranged his essays, written over the past 20 years, around six broad themes (e.g., "A Catholic Being," "Grace and Duress," and "Children Are Verbs"). Many of these reflections appeared in popular publications like the American Scholar, Georgia Review, U.S. Catholic, America, and Notre Dame Magazine, but this anthology conveniently gathers some of Doyle's most passionate, transparent, and delightful material. The two- to five-page essays, written from the perspective of a dedicated Catholic, will inspire and entertain readers of all ages and religious backgrounds. From loving stories from the heart of a parent to memories of a Catholic boyhood, these stories will engage the imagination. Recommended for larger public libraries.-John-Leonard Berg, Univ. of Wisconsin Lib., Platteville Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780829418132
  • Publisher: Loyola Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Part One: I Believe
Chapter 1 Room Eight
Chapter 2 Joey's Doll's Other Arm
Chapter 3 The Primary Wish of Your Creator Is Love, Is That Not So?
Chapter 4 Grace Notes
Chapter 5 Washed Clean
Part Two: Yesuah ben Joseph
Chapter 6 Joe's Boy
Chapter 7 JC1654
Chapter 8 Mister Louie
Chapter 9 Christ's Elbows
Chapter 10 A Thin Ragged Man
Part Three: A Catholic Being
Chapter 11 Credo
Chapter 12 Altar Boy
Chapter 13 Father, Son, Spirit Holy
Chapter 14 The Mass Is a Genius
Chapter 15 A Sunday, in October, under a Flight of Geese
Part Four: Revelations & Epiphanies
Chapter 16 Eating Dirt
Chapter 17 The Anchoviad
Chapter 18 Diary: Summer
Chapter 19 Reading the Birds
Chapter 20 Glory Bee
Chapter 21 Crushing a Car
Chapter 22 The Sudden Flight of Mrs. Wilhemina Kettell, in Summer
Part Five: Grace under Duress
Chapter 23 Leap
Chapter 24 Kaddish
Chapter 25 His Sweet Weight
Chapter 26 Last Supper
Chapter 27 A Prayer for Pete
Chapter 28 Two Hearts
Chapter 29 In the Country of Fear
Chapter 30 With His Hat on His Head
Part Six: Children Are Verbs
Chapter 31 The Meteorites
Chapter 32 Two on Two
Chapter 33 The Death of Rascal
Chapter 34 Weal
Chapter 35 Making the Bed
Chapter 36 Pop Art
Chapter 37 The Measure of Mystery
Chapter 38 Yes
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