Monday, February 5, 2007

Thought for the Week

The world is full of broken people who think they're surrounded by whole people.

- Greg Garrett, from Crossing Myself: A Story of Spiritual Rebirth

I finished this book yesterday; it has been an outstanding read. To give would-be interested readers a sense of where Garrett is coming from, he draws much from Anne Lamott, Martin Luther King Jr., Thomas Merton, and Walker Percy, with guest appearances by Donald Miller, Kathleen Norris, and Dennis Covington. Even with these influences, Garrett's book is a personal story with a sense of urgency and desperation that eventually finds resolution in a sense of peace that no reader will be able to miss.

I recently emailed him, asking for his help in one of my projects, and he declined, but for good reason: he has several other book projects underway. From what he wrote, it seemed like most of those projects were nonfiction, but with some big fiction awards in his background, including the William Faulkner Prize, I have to think he'll get back to stories soon enough.

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