The Thorny Grace of It: And Other Essays for Imperfect Catholics  -     By: Brian Doyle
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The Thorny Grace of It: And Other Essays for Imperfect Catholics

Loyola Press / 2013 / Paperback

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When lethargy, stereotypes, and quasi-despair get in the way of the holy exuberance of a lived faith, the spirit and passion of the faithful can slowly wither away. Noted essayist Brian Doyle understands this well, and his deep desire is to get Catholics excited about their faith once again - reminding them that the heartbeat of Catholicism is found not under priestly robes or in papal decrees, but in parish halls and at football stadiums, at breakfast tables and on city buses.

Doyle's trademark candor, wit, and humor make this collection of more than 40 essays eminently enjoyable to read. From preparing for his First Confession by creating a fake laundry list of sins, to observing his mom's reaction to John F. Kennedy's assassination, to pondering his friend's surprising success with Catholic Golf Digest, Doyle's passionate writing is as likely to make us shed a tear as it is to make us laugh out loud.

In the end, The Thorny Grace of It proves that, far from being extinguished, the Catholic faith - imperfect as it is - is wildly aflame in hearts and lives everywhere!

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Loyola Press
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0829439064
ISBN-13: 9780829439069

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Author Bio

Brian Doyle edits Portland Magazine at the University of Portland in Oregon, called "the best spiritual magazine in the country" by Annie Dillard. Doyle is also the author of 13 books of essays, fiction, and poetry; among the honors for his work are the Christopher Medal and a Catholic Press Association Book Award. He lives with his family in Portland. 

Editorial Reviews

" It is a boon, a blessing, to have Brian Doyle's vagabond essays now rubbing elbows in a single handy and altogether delightful volume."
- Kenneth L. Woodward, Religion Editor of Newsweek Magazine

"Whether he’s writing about marriage or a basketball game in the park or a cherished rosary, his vivid prose carries you along for an unforgettable ride. His essays can make you laugh out loud and make you cry in recognition of the very beautiful human experiences and faith stories he shares. Every little essay is a complete and perfect world in and of itself."
- Ginny Moyer, author of Random MOMents of Grace

 "The Thorny Grace of It contains Doyle’s signature reflections on faith, fatherhood and family, delivered in a tone that alternates between puckish humor and open-hearted emotion."
- The Christian Science Monitor


"The range of these essays portrays a man who understands that a full life includes a spiritual life. He is a man who understands the meaning of family, of community, and of our eternal destiny. But he is also a writer who understands the power of a revelation to be found in a single moment, a moment we may all have experienced but most likely have never thought of again."
-Robert A. Parker, Ruminate Magazine
 

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