The Province of Joy: Praying with Flannery O'Connor
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Number of Pages: 155
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2012
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"Like a beautiful quilt, Province of Joy is a deeply loving, imaginative work of art and faith." - Elizabeth A. Johnson
This unique "Book of Hours" is modeled on the spiritual life and prayer practices of one of our most interesting writers.
"Flannery OConnors stories help us see grace in the most difficult of circumstances. ODonnell artfully combines selections from her writings with daily prayers and readings for something wonderful: a prayer book that is old and new, timely and timeless, comforting and provocative."
- James Martin, SJ, author of Between Heaven and Mirth
Angela Alaimo ODonnell is a poet and professor at Fordham University where she teaches English, Creative Writing, and American Catholic Studies. Her poems, essays and reviews have appeared in America, Commonweal, and Christianity and Literature. ODonnell lives with her husband in Bronxville, New York.
Modelk66Monroe, NCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Useful ToolAugust 3, 2012Modelk66Monroe, NCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5DISCLAIMER: I received an Advance Reader's Copy of the book The Province of Joy: Praying with Flannery O'Connor by Angela Alaimo O'Donnell from Paraclete Press in exchange for a publicized review of the book.
Review: Anyone that is familiar with Flannery O'Connor knows she was a prolific writer as well as a devoted Catholic. In this book, Angela O'Donnell attempts to combine both of those aspects of O'Connor's life. She has structured the book in a week's worth of daily prayer times patterned after the Catholic model, and has interjected O'Connor's writings and personal reflections in those daily prayer times for reading and reflection. This would be an excellent tool for any Christian - regardless of denomination - to enhance one's spiritual formation. I can easily see this book being coupled with a week of fasting to greatly deepen and strengthen a personal relationship with God. At the end of the book, O'Donnell has inserted a compilation of other writings and quotes from other authors. While these are good selections and excellent readings, I personally would have liked to have seen some more of Flannery O'Connor's writings in these sections, but that does not detract from the usefulness of the book. Catholic or not, take a one week sabbatical from work and the world with this book and a Bible, and I have a feeling you will care less about your denominational title than you will about your title as a child of God.
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