Parents themselves, hoping to rear strongly grounded children, might possibly read this account of one person's childhood and youth, and the faith that grew in those years, and gain further awareness of the conditions of environment and training which helped to sustain that man's faith through long decades with their inevitable devastations — physical, psychic, and intellectual. A profoundly intelligent and moving explication of religion and spirituality, Letter to a Godchild is an exhilarating experience for readers of all faiths. He writes of being six or seven years old when In brief, in a single full moment, I was allowed to see how intricately the vast contraption of nature all round me - and nature included me, my parents a few yards away in the house, all the animal life in the dense surroundings, and every other creature alive on Earth - was bound into a single vast ongoing wheel by one immense power that had willed us into being and intended our futures, wherever they might lead through the pattern, the enormous intricately woven pattern somehow bound at the rim and cohering for as long as the Creator willed it. When I think of Price, I always think of the opening of Alan Judd's biography of Ford Maddox Ford: ''There are also the rich in spirit. I knew at once that I was by the Sea of Galilee Lake Kinnereth, as it's called in modern Israel and in a moment, a man whom I knew to be Jesus had silently beckoned me into the water with him.
And to begin trying to talk to God, out loud though not around others, you might be dragged off. Price is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and his work has been translated into seventeen languages. The letter sketched the crucial roles which faith had played in Price's own life and whittled down those lessons the author felt were most valuable. His first short stories, and many later ones, are published in his Collected Stories. The Good Priest's Son in 2005 was his fourteenth novel. Educated at Duke University and, as a Rhodes Scholar, at Merton College, Oxford University.
Mostly he tried to keep them separate, both because of his idiosyncratic approach to his faith and because he didn't want to scare off those for whom talk of Jesus, God, Christianity is off-putting. Duke Professor of English at the time of his death. In Letter to a Godchild, Price recounts how his life has been shaped by numerous and varied spiritual influences -- from the Bible-story books his parents bought him before he could read, to the childhood days spent exploring dense woods near his home woods where he searched for arrowheads and spied on numerous wild animals , to Sundays at church with his father and mother, his travels around the world to magisterial structures as various as St. Thus I hope that Letter to a Godchild may find a place in the thoughts of persons who approach maturity in families that have reared them as Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Christians — or otherwise, or perhaps without religion altogether. As a christening gift, Price composed a letter to the child, one intended as a brief guide for Harper's spiritual future. But memory tells me that the description is honest.
I'm fascinated by these stories, and immensely curious about them. Letter to a Godchild began in 2000 as a christening gift to the infant Harper and his parents, and is Price's attempt to share his philosophy and faith with the young man his godchild will one day become. Yet for those of us accustomed to Western traditions of contemplating ultimate mysteries, the greatest composers of music have offered extended glimpses in the spans of sublimity granted to Bach, Handel, Mozart, the late Beethoven, and the dying young Schubert — among several others there is gorgeous earlier Christian music; and while I'm sadly deficient in my knowledge of Asian music, I've heard ragas from India that approach a comparable state of ecstasy; and I assume that there are other such moments of over-reach in the traditions of cultures unknown to me. At widely separated intervals since the child's baptism, then, I've rethought the gift with slow enthusiasm and have continued to develop it in the intention of arriving at a document that would be genuinely helpful to a friend in his early adult years. Despite the towering limitations on any verbal effort to communicate both the transcendence and the unpredictable approachability of the Creator, I hope that the assertions and questions offered here may prove helpful — not only to my friend Harper but to any number of readers, especially those who find themselves riding atop baffling conventions or their own private curiosities and who hope to clear for themselves a navigable path through the endless and darkening thicket our lives so often seem to be.
He is completely certain that he has had two revelations from the Creator, one as a small child, the other after his diagnosis with cancer when Jesus appeared to him to inform him that he had been healed. The letter sketched the crucial roles which faith had played in Price's own life and whittled down those lessons the author felt were most valuable. Price goes on to talk about his journey in a personal sort of faith as he grew up, eschewing a church community, feeling more comfort in an empty church or alone in nature. In a human action that apparently lasted no longer than two minutes, I was essentially healed. Unconvinced by theological proofs, much less by dogma, he rests his assurance on a mystical experience in his childhood and another from just before the surgery for spinal cancer that rendered him paraplegic in his fifties. In Letter to a Godchild, Price recounts how his life has been shaped by numerous and varied spiritual influences -- from the Bible-story books his parents bought him before he could read, to the childhood days spent exploring dense woods near his home woods where he searched for arrowheads and spied on numerous wild animals , to Sundays at church with his father and mother, his travels around the world to magisterial structures as various as St.
Novelist Price The Good Priest's Son began setting down this lyrical letter on the occasion of the baptism of his godchild, Harper Peck Voll, in 2000. Please contact us at with any questions. He writes eloquently about how his life has flourished in far richer ways because of his paraplegia. Am I ready to say, at this late point in my life, that I was singled out in childhood for special attention from God? Price is in the company of that rather large number of other writers who keep private journals and their letters to friends and family over the years while their real motive is in publishing for a wider reading audience. Letter to a Godchild includes striking pictures of the buildings, objects, places, and events that have deepened the author's religious sensibility.
A surgery was unsuccessful, and was followed by radiation treatments that largely defeated the cancer but left him paralyzed from the waist down and in constant pain the rest of his life. Listen to the interview and then by all means buy the book--for a godchild or for yourself. His most recent release, The Book of Signs, offers readers a compilation of valuable insights on biblical prophecy. Photo courtesy of Reynolds Price's author page on Amazon. He admits that finding a church home is not necessarily bad and may provide good, but clearly be wary of being led astray by an organized group of people claiming to speak in God's name.
He is not interested he says in converting anyone to his beliefs. This may seem odd given that he writes here that he is possessed of the suspicion that written arguments are useless in transmitting faith; that faith must be personally experienced, with a generally popularly unacknowledged necessity of God actively bringing a person closer to Him, which He does not always seem to do though figures such as Aquinas, Calvin, Kierkegaard, and Barth are said to discuss this. Christianity happens to be the tradition in which I first encountered the notion of a creating power in the universe — an awesome overarching power which appears to witness some of our lives, perhaps all our lives, steadily. The Good Priest's Son in 2005 was his fourteenth novel. Novelist Price The Good Priest's Son began setting down this lyrical letter on the occasion of the baptism of his godchild, Harper Peck Voll, in 2000. As a christening gift, Price composed a letter to the child, one intended as a brief guide for Harper's spiritual future.
I was not present at that baptism and am not a Roman Catholic, but Harper's parents were kind enough to let me assume the title of honorary godfather. I hope also that numerous other growing children will find it of interest, and even good help, when they're ready to turn to something on this order. As a christening gift, Price composed a letter to the child, one intended as a brief guide for Harper's spiritual future. In this slim but extremely rich volume Price is writing to his godson in hopes of providing him with something useful to consult as part of his own future spiritual life. Near to whom and for what? But that the moral values of his faith, especially the compassion demonstrated by Jesus, has been the bedrock of his career. The faith he encourages may strike some as vanishingly self-effacing, while others, however sadly, may feel it is the only faith possible to the well-informed nowadays.