My Bright Abyss
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.
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
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.
meditation of a modern believer
God's truth is life
O thou mastering light
Hive of nerves
God is not beyond
Varieties of quiet
Mortify our wolves
Million little oblivions
Christianity and literature
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