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Shouts And Whispers: Twenty-one Writers Speak About Their Writing And Their Faith [Paperback]

By Holberg Jennife (A01)
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Pages   257
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.86" Width: 6.44" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.82 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2006
Publisher   WM. B. EERDMANS PUBLISHING CO.
ISBN  0802832296  
EAN  9780802832290  


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Flannery O'Connor once wrote that "to the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind you draw large and startling figures." Some of the twenty-one well-known writers included in this book prefer to "shout," as O'Connor did, while others offer what Doris Betts calls "whispering hope." Shouts and Whispers contains a fascinating array of reflections on topics surrounding the often-perilous intersection of writing and faith. The authors all agree that literature can help us to be more faithful, yet they approach the subject in ways as diverse as their biographies. Some, like Katherine Paterson and Frederick Buechner, propose models of how literature and belief can fruitfully intersect. Several authors offer insightful metaphors for the experience of doing faith-filled writing, while others speak of writing as finding hope in the midst of brokenness. Finally, in essays by Madeleine L'Engle, Thomas Lynch, and others, readers are encouraged to make the connection between writing and embodiment, translating words into actions. While the essays, addresses, and interviews in Shouts and Whispers are by no means the final word, they will provoke rich and nuanced reflection on the dynamic relationship between faith and writing.

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Flannery O'Connor once wrote that "to the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind you draw large and startling figures." Some of the twenty-one well-known writers included in this book prefer to "shout," as O'Connor did, while others offer what Doris Betts calls "whispering hope." Shouts and Whispers contains a fascinating array of reflections on topics surrounding the often-perilous intersection of writing and faith. The authors all agree that literature can help us to be more faithful, yet they approach the subject in ways as diverse as their biographies. Some, like Katherine Paterson and Frederick Buechner, propose models of how literature and belief can fruitfully intersect. Several authors offer insightful metaphors for the experience of doing faith-filled writing, while others speak of writing as finding hope in the midst of brokenness. Finally, in essays by Madeleine L'Engle, Thomas Lynch, and others, readers are encouraged to make the connection between writing and embodiment, translating words into actions. While the essays, addresses, and interviews in Shouts and Whispers are by no means the final word, they will provoke rich and nuanced reflection on the dynamic relationship between faith and writing. Interviews with: Joy Kogawa Anne Lamott Kathleen Norris Paul Schrader Essays by Doris Betts Frederick Buechner Will Campbell Betty Smartt Carter Elizabeth Dewberry David James Duncan Ron Hansen Silas House Jan Karon Madeleine L'Engle Bret Lott Thomas Lynch Katherine Paterson James Calvin Schaap Luci Shaw Barbara Brown Taylor Walter Wangerin Jr.

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christian writers on their craft  Jan 17, 2007
In 1990 Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan began a biennial Festival of Faith and Writing. Over the last fifteen years attendance at the three-day conference has grown tenfold, which is no surprise given the broad diversity of wordsmiths that they have attracted. All of the essays and interviews in this collection originated at one of the festivals. As with any edited volume of multiple authors, the quality varies, and each reader will have their own favorites. I especially enjoyed the breadth of backgrounds, craft, and views represented in this volume. My favorites included Jan Karon, who quit a successful career in advertising, bought a used computer, and in her fifties wrote the first of her Mitford novels that have now sold ten million copies; the southern subverter of all cultural status quos, Will Campbell; and the interviews with Kathleen Norris, Anne Lamott, and film director-writer Paul Schrader (a Calvin alumnus).

This book should appeal to an audience far beyond authors, for all human beings are meaning-makers and story-tellers. The Bible is a book of stories in which we find our own stories. Pastors are some of our best story-tellers who evoke meaning in what they say and do, even though we generally do not think of them as writers. The title for the volume comes from Flannery O'Connor who once wrote that "to the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost blind you draw large and startling figures." Many of the authors here shout loud in their books, but others suggest that what we need today is a soft whisper, as when Jesus silently doodled in the sand. Not just writers, then, but anyone who has ever told a story or loved a story can enjoy this book.
 
Highly recommended reading for members of the Christian community  Jul 9, 2006
Expertly compiled, accessibly organized and deftly edited by Jennifer L. Holberg (Associate Professor of English at Calvin College and founding co-editor of the journal Pedagogy), Shouts And Whispers: Twenty-One Writers Speak About Their Writing And Their Faith is an informative collection of contributions and commentaries from twenty-one well-known writers and successful authors. Presenting featured interviews with such writing authorities as Joy Kogwa, Anne Lamott, Kathleen Norris, Paul Schrader, and diverse essays by the others, Shouts And Whispers carries its readers through the ideological and perspective analysis of each contributor's perceptive understanding of the art and task of writing and its intersection with faith and personal belief. An informative and thoughtful anthology of philosophical and theological ideas, brief biographies, poetry, and so much more, Shouts And Whispers is very highly recommended reading for members of the Christian community with an interest in the intersecting values of literature and faith.
 

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