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  • Frustrating and insightful

    I experienced conflicting emotions reading this. I grew up reading and thriving on both the fiction and essays of C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton and Charles Williams and recognised the echoes in this book. While some of her wisdom resonated, too much of it came across as grumpy , opinionated and rambling. I admired her honesty and boldness in approaching her local clergyman to explain she did not accept Christian belief but needed to live as if she did and request that he accept her as a church member on that basis. I don’t accept many of her opinions, including her assertion that preaching and teaching are aligned activities. This is a book which needs to be a conversation- a to-ing and fro-ing of argument in search of truth or agreement. It is not carefully enough crafted as a book - even though (or perhaps especially because) it is a book about writing. Stream of consciousness does not cut it for me when conveying ideas and philosophy. For all that I finished the book and found some of it thought-provoking. I particularly liked her assertion that we are afraid of the dark - in all its manifestations. These are the kind of gems I used to get from Lewis, Chesterton and Williams. Their writings were, however, more economical and disciplined. Nevertheless, I finished feeling somehow renewed and nourished. In spite of the frustration I think I might read more of the Crosswick journals.

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