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.
Each year, I fast for Lent. The process is always transformative. After doing something for forty days, it becomes easier to maintain the discipline after Easter. The habit becomes a part of me, and my cravings shift. And so, over the years, I stopped consuming fried things, sugary drinks, and meat. I’ve learned to appreciate my wheat whole instead of bleached.