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A Sense of Wonder, edited by Brian Doyle

This “best of” volume contains an impressive array of spiritual writing. Its essays, all of which have been published in Portland Magazine since 2003, give readers a glimpse into the aesthetic and theological sensibilities of editor Brian Doyle. More important, they model how to write well about faith, doubt, trauma, grace, sin, death, and beauty.

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The mystery of the beautiful

How can God speak through what is soft and breakable? How can we?

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Answers without questions

Reading Steve and Sharol Hayner's cancer story, I found myself taking on the role of Job's adversary.

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Graphic grief

A review of Tom Hart

We grieve always alone while at the same time needing community. Surely there is a role for the church in this paradox.

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Poetic nothingness

A review of Rita Mae Reese

This collection is suffused with one of poetry’s most fundamental aims: making meaning out of suffering and loss.

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God in weakness

Elizabeth Gandolfo's first book is not just an anthropology. Its more daring and abidingly important gift is a statement about God.

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