Faith: Essays from Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists

Faith: Essays from Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists

by Victoria Zackheim (Editor)


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Delve into this thought-provoking collection of personal essays from award-winning and bestselling authors who explore the perennial question: What do I believe?

Whether believer, skeptic, agnostic, atheist, or something other, these twenty-four authors share a fascinating, daring, and multifaceted perspective on what faith means (or doesn’t mean). The collection of personal essays includes bestselling authors such as Anne Perry, who writes about a deeply spiritual faith that embraces and sustains her through every step of her life. Caroline Leavitt writes about tarot cards, mediums, and quantum physics to explain her concept of faith. Afghan-American author Tamim Ansary beautifully captures his childhood curiosity amidst his Islamic views. There is the irrepressible Malachy McCourt’s anti-religion rant, and then Pam Houston’s signature wit and sense of irony, which gives the question of faith a surprising twist.

Honest, provocative, and candid, Faith begins a larger conversation and invites the question: What do you believe?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582705026
Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.37(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Victoria Zackheim is the author of the novel The Bone Weaver and editor of five anthologies, the most recent being Exit Laughing: How Humor Takes the Sting Out of Death. Her screenplay, Maidstone, is in development, as is her play, Entangled. She writes documentary films and teaches creative nonfiction/personal essay in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. Victoria is a 2010 San Francisco Library Laureate. She lives in San Francisco, California.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

I 3

A Secular Mystic Tamim Ansary 1

What Do I Believe? Anne Perry 19

Love and Insomnia David Corbett 27

II 37

Choosing Beverly Donofrio 39

Ah. Yes Amy Ferris 51

Jesus: A Love Story Sylvie Simmons 59

If There Is a God, Why Would S(He) Waste All Her Time Making Hell? Pam Houston 67

III 79

Grace Happens Barbara Graham 81

An Itinerary of Faith Susana Franck 93

Our Shared Humanity Frank Dabba Smith 103

IV 109

Poof! Aviva Layton 111

In Memory of Leon Whiteson 123

Keep the Faith Christine Kehl O'Hagan 125

The F-Word David Misch 135

V 145

Drama, Mystery, and the Episcopal Church Barbara Abercrombie 147

Razor-Edged Abyss Carrie (Cariad) Kabak 155

My Counter-Culture Spirituality: How Sudden Death, Tarot Cards, and Mediums Led Me to Quantum Physics-and Belief Caroline Leavitt 169

VI 177

Nothing by Benita (Bonnie) Garvin 179

I'm an Atheist, Thank God! Malachy McCourt 191

Faith by Lee Chamberlin 197

VII 209

Good, God-Fearing Atheist Jacquelyn Mitchard 211

Faith: A Personal Journey Mara Purl 221

Robotic Love Dianne Rinehart 231

The Balance Amanda Enayati 239

In Closing 255

Acknowledgments 257

Notes 259

About the Contributors 263

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