Every day I get an email from BookBub listing (in categories I selected) free and discounted ebooks from major sources such as Amazon Kindle. Although I’ve occasionally discovered interesting titles, I usually skim it and then delete.
Today, one title and corresponding description caught my eye enough that I checked it out on Amazon. Then the reviews and description were intriguing enough that I purchased it for $1.99 and downloaded it. I’ve only skimmed it so far, but it excites me so much that I thought to post and share it here.
Not Less Than Everything: Catholic Writers on Heroes of Conscience From Joan of Arc to Oscar Romero, edited by Catherine Wolff. The summary reads:
In Not Less Than Everything, Catherine Wolff gathers the world’s best contemporary Catholic writers, including Alice McDermott, Tobias Wolff, and Ann Patchett, to share their thoughts on brave men and women such as Joan of Arc and Oscar Romero—heroes who’ve challenged the dogma while holding steadfastly to their faith.
In each of these thought-provoking essays, these greatly respected writers and thinkers engage personally with his or her favorite heretic, exploring the tensions that arise from conflicting demands of conscience and authority, of inspiration and orthodoxy, and from the challenge of living one’s faith in the real world.
The table of contents excites me and invites me to get off the computer and to start reading it. Some of the essays include (with the essay author):
- Ignatius of Loyola (Tom Beaudoin)
- Isaac Hecker (James Carroll)
- Hildegard Von Bingen (Joan Chittister, O.S.B.)
- Bartolome de las Casas (Robert Ellsberg)
- Dorothy Day (Patrick Jordan)
- Fr. Horace McKenna, S.J. (Alice McDermott)
- Oscar Romero (Jim Shepard)
- Gerald Manley Hopkins (Colm Toibin)
- Franz Jagerstatter (Tobias Wolff)
If it interests you as much as me, check it out and purchase it soon as it’s impossible to predict how long it will stay at this deeply discounted price.