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Patrick Lane and Finding a Place for Beauty

For years now, Canadian author Patrick Lane--a poet, novelist, and memoirist--has been one of my favourite writers. I first discovered him in university, when he visited to give a reading. I also had the pleasure of hearing him and his wife, Lorna Crozier, read in Hamilton at a LitLive event a couple of years ago. (You can read… Continue reading Patrick Lane and Finding a Place for Beauty

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The Difficult Bliss of Belief: Christian Wiman’s My Bright Abyss

I started Christian Wiman’s memoir My Bright Abyss shortly before Ascension Day, with the hymns of Christ’s rising triumph a week or so away from being sung. The timing lessened some of the dread I felt over beginning a book I knew to be written under a “deepening shadow of death” – the author’s diagnosis of… Continue reading The Difficult Bliss of Belief: Christian Wiman’s My Bright Abyss

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Between Heaven and Mirth review for RELEVANT

I mentioned Between Heaven and Mirth, Father James Martin's insightful book on "holy humor," in my recent reflection on Easter joy. Over at RELEVANT Magazine today I gave this book a full revew. Here's an excerpt: [W]hat so puzzles and saddens [Martin] is that those who claim to be in relationship with a loving, joy-giving… Continue reading Between Heaven and Mirth review for RELEVANT