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My Bright Abyss

Meditation of A Modern Believer
Wiman, Christian, 1966- (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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A poet and a man of strong Christian faith meditates on life, death and being an artist after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and describes how he dealt with the creeping doubts and the increasing pain. 40,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

Seven years ago, Christian Wiman, a well-known poet and the editor of Poetry magazine, wrote a now-famous essay about having faith in the face of death. My Bright Abyss, composed in the difficult years since and completed in the wake of a bone marrow transplant, is a moving meditation on what a viable contemporary faith—responsive not only to modern thought and science but also to religious tradition—might look like.

Joyful, sorrowful, and beautifully written, My Bright Abyss is destined to become a spiritual classic, useful not only to believers but to anyone whose experience of life and art seems at times to overbrim its boundaries. How do we answer this “burn of being”? Wiman asks. What might it mean for our lives—and for our deaths—if we acknowledge the “insistent, persistent ghost” that some of us call God?

One of Publishers Weekly's Best Religion Books of 2013

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A poet and a man of strong Christian faith meditates on life, death, and being an artist after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and describes how he dealt with the creeping doubts and the increasing pain.

Authors: Wiman, Christian, 1966-
Statement of Responsibility: Christian Wiman
Title: My bright abyss
meditation of a modern believer
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: x, 182 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: My bright abyss
Sorrow's flower
Tender interior
God's truth is life
O thou mastering light
Dear oblivion
Hive of nerves
God is not beyond
Varieties of quiet
Mortify our wolves
Million little oblivions
Subject Headings: Religion and poetry Christianity and literature
Topical Term: Religion and poetry
Christianity and literature
LCCN: 2012021271
ISBN: 9780374216788
0374216789
Branch Call Number: 814.54 W
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Jun 19, 2013
  • patienceandfortitude rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a book that I would like to return to and read several times. It seems filled with insight and beauty and I know I did not glean from it all the wisdom that is there. Anyone who is searching for understanding and God in the face of pain, illness, and death, would appreciate this book.

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