a book of faith

December 25th, 2012

Perhaps you have a new tablet, e-reader, or gift card. What should you do with it? Exercise your faith.

Many of the great books I’ve read this year have been faith stories. Some of them, accounts of indomitable spirit, like Unbroken and Wild.  Others, masterpieces by divinely gifted artists for whom writing itself is realized faith.

In one sense, every book you read is a faith journey, starting where you are and taking you who knows where, but these are ones that have illuminated the way for me.

By Marilynne Robinson

All the stars in heaven shine on Gilead. This is the most stunning articulation of living truth I’ve ever read. It is plain and real, resonant, poignant, honest, sweet, and thoroughly complete. After I finished, I prayed, and my prayers were answered. So I need to read it again.

images-2The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
By Rachel Joyce

This book stole every beat of my wandering heart. It will change you, even before you finish. I received it as an audio book from a wise and generous reader, and was immersed in astonishment. It was a genuine marvel, and a good cry.

kenison-book-coverMagical Journey
By Katrina Kenison

This book is days away from debut, so you won’t have to wait long to start. Here my friend Katrina faces the question that haunts every mother’s empty house and every woman’s passage beyond midlife. What now? Every page shines with beauty and pulses with truth.

I’ll be welcoming Katrina to my favorite bookstore on her West Coast tour in a few weeks. Please mark your calendar and share an hour of faith with us at Vroman’s Bookstore at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8.

And now I’m off to sit the year-end retreat at the Hazy Moon Zen Center. Because all the talk of faith is merely talk until you start walking.

Happy New Year!

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  1. Katrina’s book is on pre-order and I have set aside the first part of January just to sit in the window nook and read it at leisure while my boys are at school. You have convinced me to add Harold Fry to my queue at Audible as well as Gilead. Thanks for kicking off my new year with good books! Enjoy your retreat.

    Comment by Misty — December 26, 2012 @ 3:43 am

  2. I adore Gilead, and I adore times a thousand Magical Journey … great, great list. I wish I could come to your event with Katrina. xoxo

    Comment by Lindsey — December 26, 2012 @ 7:22 am

  3. Karen,
    Thank you for those recommendations. I am housebound with the flu but ordered The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry on my Nook and read it over the past 24 hours. What a lovely read. Thank you.

    Comment by Robin Gaphni — December 27, 2012 @ 8:33 pm

  4. I loved Gilead, and perhaps it’s time to read it again! I’ll check out the others, too.

    Comment by Kathryn — December 31, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

  5. Magical List! Happy New Year, Mae! XOXO

    Comment by wendy — January 1, 2013 @ 2:59 am

  6. I just finished Harold Fry. Wept and wept through the book. Thank you for suggesting it.

    Comment by Meg — January 20, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

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