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Love Affair: A Prayer Joural

Love Affair: A Prayer Joural

by Andrew M. Greeley

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a manner of a religious mystic, Greeley sets down his groping, rhapsodic prayers to ``my Love'' or ``Her''--meaning God--in this year-long journal. Through a daily , missive to his ``Lady Love,'' the priest, novelist and sociologist summons up the courage to cope with pneumonia and his fears of death, having been diagnosed with a lump on his left lung (it proved noncancerous). Mixing intense moments of quiet luminosity with humdrum observations, in this daybook he records his thoughts on movies seen, books read, friends' deaths, the Gospels, life's limitations and the nature of earthly and spiritual love. Greeley criticizes the Roman Catholic Church as ``an institution of oppression, inflicting enormous injury on its people.'' He ponders the ``wonderfully Catholic'' poetry of Czeslaw Milosz as well as Philip Larkin's verse. Though he condemns Saddam Hussein as wicked, he laments the Persian Gulf conflict as ``ugly and unnecessary'' and prays for its victims. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Greeley, a Roman Catholic priest as well as a prolific writer, teacher, speaker, and researcher, chronicles his daily concerns through this written prayer log. As its title suggests, Love Affair is a written record of prayers rather than a ``how-to-pray'' type of book. It is similar to the author's earlier Year of Grace (Thomas More, 1990). Greeley writes of facing illness and the threat of death to himself as well as others. He paints a picture of a man who enjoys his work but who often wearies of the obligations and hectic schedules that accompany it. Finally, he reveals the depths of his love for God as he becomes more aware of his need for physical and spiritual strength. Readers of this moving work will want to relate to God as Greeley does. For general Christian audiences.-- Joanna M. Thompson, Bluefield State Coll. Lib., W. Va.

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Crossroad Publishing Company
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Meet the Author

Roman Catholic priest, sociologist, author, and journalist, Father Andrew M. Greeley (1928-2013) was the author of more than fifty novels, including the Bishop Blackie Ryan mysteries and the Nuala Anne McGrail mysteries, as well as more than 100 works of non-fiction. His writing has been translated into 12 languages.

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