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A profoundly personal, deeply felt exploration of the mystery of faithhaving it, losing it, hoping for its return.
The son of an Episcopal priest whose faith is balanced by an understanding of human nature, Eric Lax develops in his youth a deep religious attachment and acute moral compass. An acolyte from age six and as comfortable in church as he is at home, he often considers becoming a priest himself. Eventually his faith guides him to resist military service in Vietnam. His principles will not allow him to kill, and he is willing to go to jail for them. His faith abides until, in his mid-thirties, he begins to question the unquestionable: the role of God in his life.
Whatever his doubts, Lax engages with his father, who shaped his faith and was its anchor, and his college roommate and close friend George “Skip” Packard, whose youthful faith mirrored his own, and who chooses military service and mortal combat. Their ongoing and illuminating dialoguesfull of wisdom and insight, probing all the avenues and aspects of religious convictionreveal much about three men who approach God, duty, and war in vastly different ways.
A compelling, powerful, and thought-provoking examination of faith.
From the Hardcover edition.
is a profoundly personal, deeply felt exploration of the mystery of faith—having it, losing it, hoping for its return.
The son of an Episcopal priest, Eric Lax develops in his youth a deep religious attachment and an acute moral compass—one that he is willing to go to prison for when it leads him to resist military service in Vietnam. His faith abides until, in his mid-thirties, he begins to question the unquestionable: the role of God in his life. In response, Lax engages with the father who inspired him and with his best friend, a Vietnam War hero turned priest. Their ongoing and illuminating dialogues, full of wisdom and insight, reveal much about three men who approach God, duty, and war in vastly different ways. Lax provides an unusual and refreshing perspective, examining religious conviction sympathetically from both sides as one who has lost his faith but still respects it.
About the Author
Eric Lax is the author of Conversations with Woody Allen; Life and Death on 10 West
(A New York Times
Notable Book of the Year); The Mold in Dr. Florey's Coat
(A Los Angeles Times
Best Book of 2004); and co-author, with A. M. Sperber, of Bogart
(nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography). His biography Woody Allen
was a New York Times
and international best seller and a Notable Book of the Year. His books have been translated into eighteen languages, and his writing has appeared in The Atlantic
, Vanity Fair, Esquire
, and The New York Times Magazine.
An officer of PEN International, he lives with his wife in Los Angeles.