How the Light Gets in And Other Headlong Epiphanies

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And Other Headlong Epiphanies
How the Light Gets in

Sixty prose poems ("proems," by the author's reckoning) on matters theological, spiritual, and mystical. White a bit outside Orbis' traditional spirituality offerings, this book will offer readers a lyrical but commonsense take on the ways grace, prayer, sin, suffering, and redemption play out in our daily lives.

Doyle's "proems" are lyrical creations resemble poetry, but devoid of any meter or typical poetic structure - and yet they are not strictly prose either. These sixty selections will focus on the mundane and the everyday, but with a theological and a spiritual focus/gloss. Some will also be explicitly theological.

Doyle is a prominent Catholic writer and editor, and his reflections in journals ranging from America to Harper's to The New York Times have earned him a significant following in the field of Catholic spiritual writing. In his previous books and articles, he has written spiritual/theological glosses on everything from fatherhood to basketball to religious vocations to his Sunday school classroom.

Format: Paperback book
Product code: IC981454
Dimensions: 8.2" x 5.3"
Length: 144 pages
Orbis Books
ISBN: 978-1-62698-145-4
1-2 copies $14.40 each
3-5 copies $13.60 each
6+ copies $12.80 each
Written by Brian Doyle


Brian Doyle was a hirsute shambling shuffling mumbling grumbling muttering muddled maundering meandering male being who edited Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, in Oregon — the best university magazine in America, according to Newsweek, and "the best spiritual magazine in the country," according to author Annie Dillard, clearly a woman of surpassing taste and discernment.

Doyle's books have four times been finalists for the Oregon Book Award, and his essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Orion, The American Scholar, and in newspapers and magazines around the world. His essays have also been reprinted in the annual Best American Essays, Best American Science & Nature Writing, and Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies. Among various honors for his work is a Catholic Book Award, two Pushcart Prizes, and, mysteriously, a 2008 Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

His greatest accomplishments are that a riveting woman said yup when he mumbled a marriage proposal, that the Coherent Mercy then sent them three lanky snotty sneery testy sweet brilliant nutty muttering children in skin boats from the sea of the stars, and that he made the all-star team in a Boston men's basketball league that was a really tough league, guys drove the lane in that league they lost fingers, man, one time a guy drove to the basket and got hit so hard his right arm fell off but he was lefty and hit both free throws, so there you go.

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