The honors keep pouring in for Flannery O'Connor's A Prayer Journal. Religious News Service recently named it one of the ten most "intriguing books about religion" for 2013. Its right up there with such notable titles as My Bright Abyss by Christan Wiman, N.T. Wright's Paul and the Faithfulness of God, and Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Raza Aslan.. That's pretty distinguished company.
While academia remains somewhat reserved about these youthful writings, the secular press has greeted the slender volume enthusiastically. Ordinary readers are drawn to O'Connor's intimacy, open-heartedness, and vulnerability (a side of her personality one rarely sees in her later writings) as she pours out her soul to God. ... Read More