The Best Christian Writing

John Wilson, Preface by, Philip Yancey, Introduction by HarperOne $15 (340p) ISBN 978-0-06-069382-4
Any collection that purports to contain the ""best"" writing of a given year should immediately raise skeptical eyebrows, yet Wilson has successfully culled together 26 marvelous essays (and one acerbically funny cartoon) that speak to the heart of Christian experience. Bestselling author Philip Yancey opens with a meaty autobiographical essay on the power of writing, and the ensuing essays generally meet the aesthetic standards Yancey sets forth. Wilson (editor of the periodical Books and Culture) has arranged the essays noncommittally, not attempting to group them according to theme, but only alphabetically by the author's last name. Several essays reveal their authors grappling with ambiguity: Lauren Winner discusses her painful, yet joyful, conversion from Orthodox Judaism to Anglican Christianity, Susan Wise Bauer tackles the loneliness of being a committed evangelical at a Harvard feminist conference, and Randall Balmer discusses the ""wrestling with God"" that has characterized his journey away from his fundamentalist upbringing. Other writers muse eloquently on family life; Virginia Stem Owens addresses ""how best to be a burden"" in her old age, Ben Patterson recounts learning about God's mysterious ways through his son's struggles with Tourette's syndrome, andDin the collection's most startlingly poignant contributionDa young pastor grapples with his own imminent death from cancer in a sermon called ""Surprised by Death."" There are of course a couple of clunkers, including a na ve piece by a college sophomore who extols stay-at-home mothers, but the essays are generally first-rate and drawn from the entire spectrum of Christian life. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/04/2000
Release date: 09/01/2000
Show other formats
FORMATS
Paperback - 352 pages - 978-0-06-069707-5
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.