Love Affair: A Prayer Joural

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"My Love," asks Andrew Greeley, "how often in the course of a day am I indifferent to your love? How often do I even remember my human loves as I rush through life? I'm so busy that love seeps out of my life like blood escaping a wound. I'm going to try as best I can to begin my day and end it on my knees - and to remember You in my comings and goings. If I can do these things, they will make me a better person - and a better love. Please help me." Andrew Greeley's "Love" in this intimate diary is, of course, God. Love Affair is not a book about
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"My Love," asks Andrew Greeley, "how often in the course of a day am I indifferent to your love? How often do I even remember my human loves as I rush through life? I'm so busy that love seeps out of my life like blood escaping a wound. I'm going to try as best I can to begin my day and end it on my knees - and to remember You in my comings and goings. If I can do these things, they will make me a better person - and a better love. Please help me." Andrew Greeley's "Love" in this intimate diary is, of course, God. Love Affair is not a book about prayer or even so much a book of prayer; it is rather an experience of praying - confused, elated, grateful - often stumbling but always sincere endeavors by a human being to dialogue with the Beloved Other. It is prayer as it happens. And it reveals as much about the "beloved" as it does about the "Lover" on the other side of the dialogue. We see "the pray-er" Andrew Greeley depressed, struggling with pneumonia, worried to death about dying when his doctor discovers a spot on his lung, concerned about the illnesses of his friends, enthused about his work, weary from too many obligations, and always trying - trying to be a good and faithful "lover" to the "Lover" who loves with no expectation of return. In this sense, we can also see ourselves, and find inspiration and confidence to pray in our own voices too. This kind of Love Affair is everyone's affair.
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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.)
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824511982
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/1992
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.82 (d)

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