Of course, it may indeed be an instant spiritual classic, but I have my doubts that it will take its place along enduring spiritual classics. I realized as I was going through the text that I was more often citing the things that Wiman was quoting, than I was citing anything that Wiman was himself saying.
I take this to be a bad sign, as if what has been read has not been fully digested and become a part of the writer's original voice and expression. Though we live in an age of citation, I can't say that many of us feel compelled by the book that feels like it is too much a series of hyper links.
There is some risk in reading the literature of the sick that the reader really wants to indulge in the pornography of suffering, a chilly thrill at grotesque renditions of the bodies at the process of decay. That said, I think Wiman's book abstracted his spirituality too much. He talked a great deal about the importance of the body and of spirituality being embodied, but mostly the book does not embody spirituality.
But when it does it is very good indeed. I think the most valuable and enduring parts of the book are when Wiman gives us his memoirs rather than his meditations.
While the meditations are too abstract, there is some meat on the bones of the autobiographical moments in the book. The crushing moment just before he tells his wife about his diagnosis. The effort to live and love his daughters in the midst of impending loss. This is what might otherwise be called testimony. I just kept wishing there was more of it. Jun 03, Banner rated it it was amazing Shelves: religious. There is much eloquence to this book, written by a poet in proses, searching the limits of language to talk about his faith. Raised by a conservative Christian family maybe in the Pentecostal tradition.
Upon going to college, he embraced agnosticism and a love for poetry.
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Then he has cancer and is faced with his own mortality to such a degree that all pretense is lost. Faith once again begins to grow. He came to believe that facing death is not the time to hold stubbornly to unexamined beliefs. However, his impending death did not push him to God out of fear of self preservation. But the experience gave him a clarity and focus that he otherwise lacked. His faith was lying dormant after years of self neglect. The near death experience served as a catalyst to continue on the journey. His journey did not lead him back to the faith of his childhood, but to a faith that was evolving, as all real faith must innately do.
The thoughts seemed a bit random at times in the telling of his story, almost as if you were witnessing the actual thought processes. I freely confess that I did not always "get it". He was carrying me too deep into his thoughts and I didn't feel I had the grasp of the depth of his inner knowledge to totally comprehend.
There were times I likened the readings to struggling thru a heavily thickened forest, with the sun so hidden you could not navigate. But then you would burst out into a clearing and witness an amazing sunset or rainbow and my heart would plunge toward God. His theology seemed a bit fuzzy to me but I got the idea it was still a little fuzzy to him, so I didn't get too concerned.
He doesn't seem to feel comfortable tying his faith to the idea of historical Christianity. However he does see value in the historic approach. He struggled most with resurrection of Jesus and found solace in the thought of it. His ideas of atonement seemed a bit skewed. I don't want to say too much about this because I don't think he was really trying to preach any particular view, just express some of his struggles and opinions.
Jesus is clearly the focus of his faith toward God. It is a refreshing insight to a postmodern man's journey of faith. I thank him for sharing, by it I was enriched.
Jul 10, Paul rated it it was amazing Shelves: biography-memoirs , poetry , religion-spirituality , theology , favorites. Wholly wow, Wiman! Write on! Penultimately, Christian's My Bright Abyss weds art with belief, doubt with faith, literature with theology, and, of course, poetry with prose.
Wiman speaks carefully but powerfully. From: Christian Scholar's Review Vol. Cancel any time. The Last Week. Faith cannot save you from the claims of reason, except insofar as it preserves and protects that wonderful, terrible time when reason, if only for a moment, lost its claim on you. In the first hours of Feb.
This "burn of being" alights as a pho Wholly wow, Wiman! This "burn of being" alights as a phoenix, arrives in the ashen, burning, fragmented, hybridized, and irradiated form of meditation and memoir and mysticism. Standing at the doorway. Now, sitting at a desk, in a certain slant of light. Jul 09, Nathan rated it it was amazing Shelves: post-conservative-christian , favorites. My Bright Abyss is not a book that you read, but one you must savor.
It is slow-going, contradictory and painful; however, few books pull you deeper into the mysterious abyss of life like this one. It will be a book I read again. It is a book that will challenge your faith and grow it, nudging you toward Jesus and confusing your connection to divinity.
I loved the process of reading it; however, there's little I can recall after finishing. It's a book that gives very few answers but is a helpful My Bright Abyss is not a book that you read, but one you must savor. It's a book that gives very few answers but is a helpful companion for the journey. Apr 08, Leslie Klingensmith rated it it was amazing.
This book spoke to me in many ways. I first downloaded it and read it on my Kindle, but then ordered a hard copy. I can tell it is a book I will return to again and again, that I will highlight favorite passages and over time they will weave their way into my consciousness and become a means by which I express some of the more difficult to articulate aspects of my own faith.
I don't agree with everything Christian Wiman says, but I almost always like the process by which he arrives at what he ha This book spoke to me in many ways. I don't agree with everything Christian Wiman says, but I almost always like the process by which he arrives at what he has to say. Jan 06, Caleb Simmons rated it it was amazing. Loved this book. Never have I read and enjoyed relished? There is a lot to learn about suffering and "faith" and doubt in here, and Wiman's poetry and poetic prose can break your heart many times over. As an added bonus, I learned so much about poetry from reading this.
Probably I will need to read this again in 5 years, just to see how interpretation changes. Apr 16, Adele rated it it was amazing. Sep 04, Samantha rated it really liked it Shelves: nonfiction , poetry.
rheinbach-liest.de/components/17/sony-handyortung-kostenlos.php I picked it up due to the amount of poetry I saw on the pages as I glanced through it. I couldn't really tell you exactly what he believes, having just finished the book, it's slippery and hard to hold onto. I'm not a christian and will almost certainly never identify as a christian. I'm just not.
I know a human birth is rare and don't dilly dally, get enlightened, kill your ego and merge with the godhead, but I like dilly dallying. I like being immersed in life, I'm not in a hurry to turn my back on it all as illusion and go running after god. I am also not really that into philosophy.
I find it pointless. I'm fine with a pretty large amount of unknown and mystery. I have no desire to spend ages frowning my brain thinking about what consciousness is. I am in a decidedly unromantic phase. I am single and completely unconvinced that love is all it's cracked up to be, or worth the compromise and work. I suppose it's part of his leap into faith or whatever. I mean, go ahead, dude, have kids, lord knows people have children in all kinds of circumstances, but you really did evade that question. I think maybe I just wanted this book, the concept of this book, to be by a woman.
I thought it was by a woman when I first picked it up. I don't think I ever really came to terms with the masculinity of it all. I bought the book in a quaker bookshop. I have written a small amount of it myself, there is something very pleasing about it, but at the same time I am horrified by the conditions it places on free expression. I mean, that's kind of the difference between wiman and I in a nutshell. Jul 07, Andrew Van Os rated it it was amazing. I know people for whom Christ is little more than a springboard into eternity. Whatever it was that happened at Golgotha is merely a confirmation of the eternal value of ourselves, our experience as ourselves, the persistence of consciousness and, for those who believe confess?
At the least, I think it does justice to the complexities of faith, doubt, Christ and religion. Feb 02, Lee F. What you must realize, what you must even come to praise, is the fact that there is no right way that is going to be come apparent to you once and for all. The most blinding illumination that strikes and perhaps radically changes your life will be aso attenuated and obscured by doubts and daliness that you may one day come to suspect the trust of that moment at all.
The calling that seemed so clear will be lost in the echoes of questionings and indecision; the church that seemed to save you will What you must realize, what you must even come to praise, is the fact that there is no right way that is going to be come apparent to you once and for all.