Letter to a Godchild
By Reynolds Price
Scribner Book Company, Hardcover, 9780743291804, 95pp.
Publication Date: June 2006
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In "Letter to a Godchild," Price recounts how his life has been shaped by numerous and varied spiritual influences -- from the Bible-story books his parents bought him before he could read, to the childhood days spent exploring dense woods near his home (woods where he searched for arrowheads and spied on numerous wild animals), to Sundays at church with his father and mother, his travels around the world to magisterial structures as various as St. Peter's and the old Penn Station, and years of study both in and out of the classroom. With no trace of self-pity, he explains how his faith grew and deepened when in 1984 -- after a life of robust health -- he suffered a cancer that eventually led to paralysis of his lower body.
"Letter to a Godchild" includes striking pictures of the buildings, objects, places, and events that have deepened the author's religious sensibility. He has also compiled a comprehensive section on further reading, looking, and listening that provides suggestions for books, art, and music that will entertain as well as enhance this volume. A profoundly intelligent and moving explication of religion and spirituality, "Letter to a Godchild" is an exhilarating experience for readers of all faiths.
"Price may be the best living religious writer . . ." -- The Boston Globe
"It is good to have an outlaw storyteller like Reynolds Price turn up from time to time to help us reimagine gospel truth." -- The Christian Century
"Provocative and insightful." -- The Dallas Morning News
"The results of his work are certain to provoke debate. They are also . . . lucid, intelligent, never self-serving." -- Booklist
"Full of big questions and persuasive answers." -- Kirkus Reviews