An Illness and a Healing
“This is the story about an aging man who builds a holy place in his backyard. It involves bugs, lousy weather, cancer and spiritual waverings.”
Thus begins Bill Henderson’s Cathedral: An Illness and a Healing, a memoir about cancer and construction.
On the face of it Cathedral is most akin to Henderson’s Tower: Faith, Vertigo and Amateur Construction (FSG), a Thoreau-esque chronicle of building a tall structure on the grounds of his hilltop property in Maine. But Cathedral is more overtly a spiritual memoir like his Simple Gifts: One Man’s Search for Grace (S&S), a tribute to the pleasures of singing hymns.
Like all his books, Cathedral is equal parts wisdom, self-deprecation, laughs, aching honesty, and inspiration. And, like his cathedral itself, it is lovingly constructed.
Praise For Cathedral: An Illness and a Healing…
— Philip Schultz, Pulitzer Prize winning author of My Dylexia and The Wherewithal
A pithy, poignant chronicle about the abbeys we build in duress and inspiration.
— Edward Hoagland
Pushcart Press, 9781888889758, 160pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2014