Book Club

Thursday, January 13th, 2022
Readers Wanted! Join our Book Club on February 15th and March 8th is Paul Elie’s The Life You Save May Be Your Own. Below is the BCCLS link for libraries in Bergen County. It is widely available.
February 8th
The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage by Paul Elie
Prologue -Chapter 6
March 8th
The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage by Paul Elie
Chapter 7-Epilogue
BCCLS Catalog (14 copies available in the County)
About the Book:

The story of four modern American Catholics who made literature out of their search for God

In the mid-twentieth century four American Catholics came to believe that the best way to explore the questions of religious faith was to write about them-in works that readers of all kinds could admire. The Life You Save May Be Your Own is their story-a vivid and enthralling account of great writers and their power over us.

Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk in Kentucky; Dorothy Day the founder of the Catholic Worker in New York; Flannery O’Connor a “Christ-haunted” literary prodigy in Georgia; Walker Percy a doctor in New Orleans who quit medicine to write fiction and philosophy. A friend came up with a name for them-the School of the Holy Ghost-and for three decades they exchanged letters, ardently read one another’s books, and grappled with what one of them called a “predicament shared in common.”

A pilgrimage is a journey taken in light of a story; and in The Life You Save May Be Your Own Paul Elie tells these writers’ story as a pilgrimage from the God-obsessed literary past of Dante and Dostoevsky out into the thrilling chaos of postwar American life. It is a story of how the Catholic faith, in their vision of things, took on forms the faithful could not have anticipated. And it is a story about the ways we look to great books and writers to help us make sense of our experience, about the power of literature to change-to save-our lives.

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