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Book Title: This Is Why I Came|
Date of issue: December 15th 2015
ISBN 13: 9781619025752
The author of the book: Mary Rakow
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.52 MB
Read full description of the books This Is Why I Came:A woman sits in prayerful meditation, waiting to offer her first confession in more than thirty years. She holds a small book on her lap, one that she’s made, and tells herself again the Bible stories it contains, the ones she has written anew, for herself, each story told aslant, from Jonah to Jesus, Moses to Mary Magdalen. Woven together and stitched by hand, they provide a new version, virtually a new translation, of the heart of this ancient and sacred text. Rakow's Bernadette traces, through each brief and familiar story, a line where belief and disbelief touch, the line that has been her home, ragged and neglected, that hidden seam.
The result is an amazing book of extraordinary beauty, so human and humorous, and yet so holy it becomes a work of poetry, a canticle, a song of lament and praise. In the private terrain of silence and devotion, shared with us by a writer of power and grace, Rakow offers, through Bernadette, her own lectio divina for the modern world.
No reader will forget this book or be able to read the Bible itself without a new perspective on this text that remains, arguably, Western civilization's greatest literary achievement.
Read information about the authorMary Rakow, Ph.D. comes to creative writing from theology and parenting, with advanced degrees from Harvard University and Boston College. She is a Lannan Foundation Fellowship recipient. Her debut novel, The Memory Room was shortlisted for the Stanford Saroyan Prize, teh PEN Center West Fiction Prize and the LA Times Fiction Award. Her commissioned essay on the visual artist Enrique Martinez-Celaya is forthcoming in December 2012, published by Poligrafa, titled Working Methods: Enrique Martinez Celaya. She has recently abandoned the novel as the right form for her current thinking and is breaking it apart, unsure what will result. Ah! Onward....Meanwhile, she has the privilege of working with private writing students in the SF Bay Area, a real joy! and occasionally she edits manuscripts for traditional and self-publication.
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