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The Ironic Christians Companion: Finding the Marks of Gods Grace in the World Patrick Henry

The Ironic Christians Companion: Finding the Marks of Gods Grace in the World

Patrick Henry

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ISBN : 9781573227827
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Henry, executive director of the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research at St. Johns Abbey and University in Minnesota, writes in a breezy, conversational style that is likely to have considerable popular appeal. He describes his book as aMoreHenry, executive director of the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research at St. Johns Abbey and University in Minnesota, writes in a breezy, conversational style that is likely to have considerable popular appeal. He describes his book as a field guide, an allusion that should tip readers both to its exploratory tone and to its inherent invitation to exploration. Those who can comfortably meander among ambiguity, puzzlement and questions posed with varying degrees of clarity will find the approach congenial. As the title implies, irony is the guiding metaphor, both influencing and influenced by Henrys conversation partners, ranging from Edwin Abbott (author of the science fiction classic Flatland), Lewis Carroll, Erasmus, Keats, and Milan Kundera to Mark Vonnegut, who was a student of Henrys. The range is dazzling. The experience of reading this book is something like sitting at the kitchen table with a garrulous uncle: connections and significance arent always clear, but many of the stories are entertaining. And the sitting is therapeuticAfor Uncle Patrick as well as his audience. Particularly in recurring references to the suicide of Henrys father, there is a sense of working through a constant experience of loss and ambiguity: All that is solid melts into air. For the author, this calls not for despair but for exploration motivated by wonder. Henry identifies sources as conversation partners, and he includes an index for pointers to God presented in the order in which they appear in the book. Those who require neat, brief answers rather than fieldwork are well advised to stay at home and heed Henrys warning that this book is not for you.from Publishers Weekly