Those who affirm with Madeleine L'Engle that a Christian writer should write 'good art' above all will relish the challenging explorations of faith found in this two-volume collection of short stories. First and foremost, the authors (among them Tolstoy, G. K. Chesterton, Marilynne Robinson, Flannery O'Connor, and George MacDonald) are acclaimed masters of the craft of short fiction. As editor Bret Lott confesses in his preface, there is 'something beautiful and moving about holding in one's hand a narrative, gem-like and perfect, that could be read in one sitting, opening its world before [our] eyes and revealing its secrets in a small pocket of time.' Each 'gem-like' story gathered here overflows with unforgettable characters and a serendipity likely to enchant the most demanding reader, regardless of religious persuasion. At the same time, for those with 'eyes to see,' each writer brings his or her Christian worldview to bear upon the mysteries of life, love, and the often unexpected encounter with the divine. Reading one of these stand-alone masterpieces will, Lott promises, 'pierce this present world...which we think we already understand' and force us to ask 'how then shall we live?' This first volume includes stories by Chesterton, O'Connor, and Tolstoy; other featured authors include Dostoevsky, Trollope, Andre Dubus, Shusaku Endo, and Larry Woiwode. 340 pp. Pristine copy, signed by author on title page.
An Eighth Day View:
Throughout history, many of the most acclaimed novelists wrote great stories that were influenced by their Christian worldview. Never before have these writers been collected into one volume.
As the title indicates, for those who have "eyes to see" each story's underlying Christian worldview will be clear. Others will simply enjoy these stories for the unforgetable characters and unexpected plot twists.
The stories in this volume include: "A Father's Story" by Andre Dubus "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor "Silent Passengers" by Larry Woiwode "The Blue Cross" by G. K. Chesterton "The Christmas Wife" by Helen Norris "The Honest Thief" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky "The Story of the Other Wise Men" by Henry Van Dyke "What Men Live By" by Leo Tolstoy "The Final Martyrs" by Shusako Endo