Books for the dark night

April 19, 2015

The Century invited people to reflect on a book that helped them at a low point in their faith journey. Their replies are linked below.

Carol Zaleski: The appeal of Abandonment to Divine Providence is its simple, lyrical repetition of a single idea: whatever happens is the will of God.

Phyllis Tickle: When I was 13, my pastor slipped me Glenn Clark's The Soul's Sincere Desire. Within three pages, I knew I had a soul.

Christian Wiman: Instead of sitting down to rage at a blank page again, I grabbed a copy of Don Quixote. Three days later, the ice of time had cracked.

Marilyn McEntyre: I was 29, agonizing over a decision, when I came upon a little book by Robert Ochs.

Cleophus LaRue: Princeton Theological Seminary can be a lonely place for an African American professor. During a difficult period, I saw Isabel Wilkerson on PBS.

Paula Huston: Morton Kelsey showed me that I was under a spell that needed to be broken.

Gregory Wolfe: Just when I was feeling despondent, I was asked to review a book by Luigi Giussani. His rhetoric both bamboozled and mesmerized me.

Shawnthea Monroe: I kept quiet about my faith for fear of embarrassment. Then I read Anne Lamott, and suddenly I wasn't so alone.