Holy Clues: The Gospel According to Sherlock Holmes (Paperback)
The Gospel According to Sherlock Holmes
Vintage, 9780375703386, 208pp.
Publication Date: July 11, 2000
Drawing on the teachings of Christianity, Buddhism, and Judaism--as well as a host of thinkers as varied as Albert Einstein, Gandhi, and Vincent van Gogh--Kendrick explores the stories of Sherlock Holmes and finds remarkably prescient religious insights. He shows us the link between careful observation of clues and the Buddhist concept of "Bare Attention." He illuminates the parallel between the great sleuth's pursuit of justice and God's actions on the scene of the first murder, when Cain slew Abel. And in the detective's open, engaged mind, Kendrick finds a model for uniting the principles of science with a sincere spiritual quest. The result is a book of inspiration for the modern, skeptical searcher--and an entertaining work that sheds new light on the methods of the world's greatest detective.
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Praise For Holy Clues: The Gospel According to Sherlock Holmes…
"An energetic, incisive, and persuasive.. . treatise on the great detective as spiritual guide." --Seattle Times
"Holy Clues makes a convincing case for the proposition that a mystery story is always and inevitably a kind of morality tale." --Jonathan Kirsch, Los Angeles Times
"It has always been my contention that the complete Sherlock Holmes stories form a sort of secular Bible. . . . Beyond being merely clever, Holy Clues is unexpectedly moving and wise." -Nicholas Meyer, author of The Seven-Percent Solution
"Kendrock's lively readings of the Sherlock Holmes stories contain a deep sense of how attentiveness to the details of ordinary life can yield extraordinary insights into the life of the spirit." --Publishers Weekly