Flannery O’Connor’s impact on an unbeliever

Here is another excellent review of Flannery O’Connor’s Prayer Journal, in Slate, of all places.  It’s by Marian Ryan, who begins by saying how she does not believe in God.  In addition to her thorough account of the book, with fascinating and judiciously chosen quotations, her review lets us see how O’Connor and her faith are getting inside the head of an unbeliever.

Some Christians say that O’Connor is too dark, too negative.  How do you account for her work being such an effective  literary apologetic to non-believers?

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Flannery O’Connor’s prayer journal

Speaking of Flannery O’Connor, her prayer journal has just been published, dating from her grad school days studying creative writing at the University of Iowa.  Her reflections on writing, her thoughts on her vocation as a writer, and her love of God are stunning.  After the jump, an excellent review by James Parker in the Atlantic, with quotations from the book. [Read more...]

An audio of Flannery O’Connor reading a story

Thanks to Colin Cutler for alerting me to this recording of Flannery O’Connor reading one of her signature stories.  WARNING:  O’Connor is one of the pre-eminent Christian fiction writers of the past century, but she is not for the faint of heart.  After the jump, some excerpts from an essay of hers that tells what she’s up to, and then the link to the audio of her reading “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.” [Read more...]


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