A Sorrowful Joy

A Sorrowful Joy

by Albert J. Raboteau
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A Sorrowful Joy by Albert J. Raboteau

Albert Raboteau was born into a Catholic family in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, three months after his father was shot and killed by a white man. It was during the 1940s, when blacks couldn't swim at the same beach as whites, when the priest gave communion to white Catholics first and made others wait.

In a moving account of his life, Raboteau tells how the boy grew into a man, married, became a success as a college administrator, then learned sorrow, lost his way and had to start over again. His is an American spiritual journey that is redolent of sacramental Christianity marking the sacredness of time, place, and community. The journey brought him to a conversation that reconciled him to his own past, including his religious heritage, his African roots, and his family members. In the end his spiritual quest became a journey home, to a human circle that opened to him and brought him to God.

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ISBN-13: 9781610979573
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 04/25/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 66
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Albert J. Raboteau is the Henry W. Putnam Professor of Religion at Princeton University. The text of this book was originally delivered as a Harold M. Wit Lecture at Harvard University Divinity School.

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A Sorrowful Joy (The Harold M. Wit Lectures) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Raboteau's story of his journey from faith to despair to faith once again is a beautiful one. Against the backdrop of his life, history, career, and the events of an America in an era of deep transition, Raboteau weaves a story of reconciliation and hope. Given as two lectures in a series on 'Living a Spiritual Life in the Contemporary Age', this book will surely hold a distinguished place in the always developing history of American religious autobiography.