The Life You Save May Be Your Own

An American Pilgrimage
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Author(s): Paul Elie
Original Publish Date: Mar 10, 2004
Product Number: EB00103563
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781429923958
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The story of four modern American Catholics who made literature out of their search for God In the mid-twentieth century four American Catholics came to believe that the best way to explore the questions of religious faith was to write about them-in works that readers of all kinds could admire. The Life You Save May Be Your Own is their story-a vivid and enthralling account of great writers and their power over us. Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk in Kentucky; Dorothy Day the founder of the Catholic Worker in New York; Flannery O'Connor a "Christ-haunted" literary prodigy in Georgia; Walker Percy a doctor in New Orleans who quit medicine to write fiction and philosophy. A friend came up with a name for them-the School of the Holy Ghost-and for three decades they exchanged letters, ardently read one another's books, and grappled with what one of them called a "predicament shared in common." A pilgrimage is a journey taken in light of a story; and in The Life You Save May Be Your Own Paul Elie tells these writers' story as a pilgrimage from the God-obsessed literary past of Dante and Dostoevsky out into the thrilling chaos of postwar American life. It is a story of how the Catholic faith, in their vision of things, took on forms the faithful could not have anticipated. And it is a story about the ways we look to great books and writers to help us make sense of our experience, about the power of literature to change-to save-our lives.

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CD
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Author(s): Paul Elie
Narrator(s): Lloyd James
Genre: Religion
Product Number DD6942
Released: Sep 01, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781470892531
eAudio
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Author(s): Paul Elie
Narrator(s): Lloyd James
Product Number Z100094850
Released: Jun 16, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781483075310

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