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God Is: My Search for Faith in a Secular Worldby David Adams Richards
Synopses & Reviews
In this invaluable contribution to the continuing debate about religious belief, David Adams Richards offers an exhilaratingly fresh perspective and a voice more impassioned, heartfelt, and sometimes furious, than anything written about God by an atheist.
David Adams Richards, one of Canada’s most beloved and celebrated authors, has been wrestling with questions of morality, faith, and religion ever since he was a child. They have always informed his fiction. Now he examines their role in his own life and spells out his own belief, in what is his most self-revealing work to date. With characteristic honesty, Richards charts his rocky relationship with his cradle Catholicism, his battles with personal demons, his encounters with men who were proud to be murderers, and the many times in his life when he has been witness to what he unapologetically calls miracles. In this subtly argued, highly personal polemic, David Adams Richards insists that the presence of God cannot be denied, and that many of those who espouse atheism also know that presence, though they would not admit it to anyone — including themselves. Every follower of today’s battle between faith and atheism, and every lover of David Adams Richards’ superb fiction, will find God Is revelatory.
“I believe that all of us, even those who are atheists, seek God — or at the very least not one of us would be unhappy if God appeared and told us that the universe was actually His creation. Oh, we might put Him on trial for making it so hard, and get angry at Him, too, but we would be very happy that He is here. Well, He is.”
Questions of faith, morality, the role of unseen forces in our destinies, have been central to the fiction of David Adams Richards. Now he directly addresses what these questions have meant to him in his own life, and what he has come firmly to believe. He has always been a courageous and uncompromisingly honest writer — but never more so than here.
From the Hardcover edition.
David Adams Richards has wrestled with questions of faith and religion ever since he was a child - a struggle that has constantly informed his work as a writer. Now the man who has been described as "Canada's Tolstoy" sets down his beliefs in his most personally revealing work. For David Adams Richards, the presence of God cannot be denied. Richards is certain that many of those who lazily espouse atheism also know the presence of God, though they deny it to everyone - including themselves.
David Adams Richards' most powerful and self-revealing book will provoke, infuriate — and, for many, inspire.
David Adams Richards, one of Canada's most beloved and celebrated authors, has wrestled with questions of faith and religion ever since he was a child — a struggle that has constantly informed his work as a writer. Now the man who has been described as Canada's Tolstoy sets down his beliefs in his most personally revealing work.
For David Adams Richards, the presence of God cannot be denied. For him, God is. Richards is certain that many of those who lazily espouse atheism also know the presence of God, though they deny it to everyone — including themselves.
The title of his new memoir is an affirmation of God's existence but also stands as a reply to Christopher Hitchens' assertion that God is not great. God Is. charts with passion and subtlety the author's rocky relationship with his cradle Catholicism, his battle with alcoholism, his encounters with men who were proud to be murderers, and the many times in his life when he has been witness to what he unapologetically calls miracles.
The unique voice of David Adams Richards has never been so powerful.
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
\David Adams Richards has received numerous awards and prizes throughout his career, and is one of the few writers in the history of the Governor General’s Award to win in the categories of both fiction (Nights Below Station Street) and non-fiction (Lines on the Water). Mercy Among the Children won the Giller Prize in 2000 and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Trillium Award; it was a Canada Reads pick in 2009. The Friends of Meager Fortune (2006) won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book (Canada and Caribbean). His most recent novel is The Lost Highway.
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