EMILY GRIFFIN (ED.)
Title: A Syllable of Water: Twenty Writers of Faith Reflect upon Their Art
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Paraclete Press (MA) November 2008
1557255660 / 9781557255662
Seller ID: 20110715188826
In 1986, the Chrysostom Society was formed in the hopes of 'establishing a National Guild of Professional Writers' whose literary efforts flowed out of a Christian worldview. That's as good an introduction as any to this collection of essays on the writing life, faith being the point of departure and the nourishment that keeps these writers writing. All of the contributors are Society members, ranging in background from Roman Catholic and Quaker to Baptist, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, and Church of God. The range of topics and genres represented are similarly diverse: playwriting, poetry, translation, journal keeping, short story writing, journalism, creative nonfiction, research, writer's block, reading, memoir, and-a personal favorite-an essay by Harold Fickett called 'Gushers and Bleeders: On Getting Started.' Faith may be the coalescing force behind this anthology, but its voices are hardly homogenous. C.S. Lewis once posited that we should value literature because, at our core, we desire 'an enlargement of being.' Quite simply, our 'own eyes are not enough.' Not all of these essays will interest every reader, but these writers offer a good share of insight and encouragement to those who, in faith, feel the call of the writing life. 225 pp. Small remainder mark at bottom text block edge.