Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Annie Dillard

"Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we blithely invoke?... The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ... straw [or] velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping God may wake someday and... draw us to where we can never return." - Annie Dillard in Teaching a Stone to Talk (quoted by John Ferguson, my RUF campus minester)

Wow, interesting, after hearing that quote and some googling, I want to read Annie Dillard.


Anonymous Kristin said...

Start with "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek". It is one of my favorites.

10/13/2005 7:58 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

It's funny, my Lewis prof mentioned Dillard during our meeting today. He also recommended "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek,"...I think he said it was an environmental piece. Coolness.

10/13/2005 4:38 PM  
Blogger Stejahen said...

Kristin, You should recommend more books to me! Where did you introduced to her?

Amber: Cool, It's odd how you'll hear a name once and suddenly it's all over the place.

10/13/2005 8:01 PM  
Anonymous Kristin said...

Stephen, I actually was introduced to her through one of Elisabeth Elliot's books...of all places. She quotes Dillard in a few of her books, and I have heard her recommend Pilgrim at Tinker Creek in lectures on writing. You are welcome to peruse my book list anytime. :0)

10/14/2005 6:30 AM  
Blogger Stejahen said...

Ha, turns out I've already read an essay by her in the Christian Imagination, and forgot about it. Heh. Makes sense that she'd be in that book though.

10/18/2005 12:17 AM  

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