'If we were asked to name one person to whom contemporary Christians need to listen, it would be Wendell Berry,' state the authors of this comprehensive new overview of Berry's life and work. This book explores the implications of Berry's redemptive vision of a life rooted in community, place, and nature for Christians seeking a counter-balance to the transient, destructive course of modern society. It is also a great introduction for new readers to Berry's complex work, encapsulating his most important themes and explaining his enduring appeal to social critics at all points along the political spectrum: 'He declares no new good, but reiterates the old, enduring good - he tells again and again the way things should be, from an instructive past to a meaningful possible future in the midst of a forlorn present.' The book's quilt-like structure includes chapters on Berry's paradigms of health and disease, creation and fall, and the damages of excessive individualism as well as globalism. The final chapters tease out the ways that Berry's 'restorative hospitality' might be applied to the church, to health, and to education. This book is a must read for any reader attracted to the deeply spiritual and transformational qualities of Berry's writing. 208 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
Wendell Berry's poetry, fiction, and essays persistently ask the question: How can we live meaningful lives in a consumer-driven, fragmented age? His honest search for health in the midst of disease has garnered attention and discussion in both conservative and progressive circles.
"Wendell Berry and the Cultivation of Life "thoroughly examines Berry's main themes of community, place, and conservation. It offers an apology for the power of Berry's vision and the ways in which his account of the world resonates with the biblical narrative. Pastors, students, professors, and laity will discover in this book how to flesh out Berry's worldview and foster a culture of life in their neighborhoods, churches, and schools.