Letter to a Man in the Fire: Does God Exist and Does He Care (Paperback)
Does God Exist and Does He Care
Scribner Book Company, 9780684856278, 112pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2000
In April 1997 Reynolds Price received an eloquent letter from a reader of his cancer memoir, "A Whole New Life." The correspondent, a young medical student diagnosed with cancer himself and facing his own mortality, asked these difficultQuestions. The two began a long-distance correspondence, culminating in Price's thoughtful response, originally delivered as the Jack and Lewis Rudin Lecture at Auburn Theological Seminary, and now expanded onto the printed page as "Letter to a Man in the Fire."
Harvesting a variety of sources -- diverse religious traditions, classical and modern texts, and a lifetime of personal experiences, interactions, and spiritual encounters -- Price meditates on God's participation in our fate. With candor and sympathy, he offers the reader such a rich variety of tools to explore these questions as to place this work in the company of other great tetsaments of faith from St. Augustine to C. S. Lewis.
"Letter to a Man in the Fire" moves as much as it educates. It is a rare combination of deep erudition, vivid prose, and profound humanity.
Praise For Letter to a Man in the Fire: Does God Exist and Does He Care…
Boston Sunday Globe Deeply thoughtful...Price's own faith underlies the whole argument, while his intelligence probes the sources of that belief....comforting and consoling.
Craig Nova The Washington Post Book World What is inspiring about his book...is the dignity and honesty of Price's beliefs....The solace comes...in his sensibility, which is one of concern, empathy, and dignity....At once inspiring and profound.
Edward Hirsch The New York Times Book Review Courageous, learned, intuitive...a small book with a large reach.