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My bright abyss

Christian Wiman

My bright abyss

meditation of a modern believer

by Christian Wiman

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Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in New York .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Religion and poetry,
  • Christianity and literature

  • Edition Notes

    StatementChristian Wiman
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsPS3573.I47843 M9 2012
    The Physical Object
    Paginationp. cm.
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL25372004M
    ISBN 109780374216788
    LC Control Number2012021271

    With both honesty and humility, Wiman looks deep into his doubts his suspicion of religious claims and his inadequacy at prayer. Wiman hashes through the work of great poets of religious feeling George Herbert, W. The poet Christian Wiman, whose story this is, is perfectly well aware that it can be described in two opposite yet consistent ways. It is a testament to the human ability to respond to grace, even at times of great suffering, and to resolve to live and love more fully even as death draws near. Jul 17, Bruce rated it it was amazing Highly recommended for all "atheist Christians," like myself.

    Wiman's story is chiefly a love affair: of a poet with words, of a husband with his wife and two daughters, of a believer with the holy. His spiritual ancestors are C. Religion tells us that secular people are nihilistic, pleasure-chasing relativists; and the effect is to make us flee what sounds like a punitive and sanctimonious religion. Belief has objects—Christ was resurrected, God created the earth—faith does not. Each is immersed in conversation with the others, anchored to a common ambition: to restore the sacred extrapolation of our imaginations, the unfurling of faith and love in the moment of creating.

    More than any other contemporary book I know, My Bright Abyss reveals what it can mean to experience St. As the author struggles to understand God, he also struggles to comprehend the institution of Christianity, seeing in it deep flaws, an inability to fully grasp the depth of the God it proclaims, and what he sees as a childish clinging to legend and myth. It is a testament to the human ability to respond to grace, even at times of great suffering, and to resolve to live and love more fully even as death draws near. Wiman follows Dante in his belief that the love of two people for one another leads to, and is fulfilled in, the love of God. It may be God who moves, the soul that opens for him. He seeks 'a poetics of belief, a language capacious enough to include a mystery that, ultimately, defeats it, and sufficiently intimate and inclusive to serve not only as individual expression but as communal need.


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MY BRIGHT ABYSS

And that is where the joy came in. Wiman has good news to deliver. Was the fall into belief or into unbelief? Immersed in both the comforts and the bewildering aspects of matters of the soul, Wiman began to probe the limits of his Christian beliefs and his love of poetry.

Lewis and Thomas Merton. This pithy and passionate book is not easy, but it is rewarding. Like Lewis, he's surprised by the joy of falling in love. Beyond the autobiographical elements of the book, beyond the translucent prose that this gifted poet offers us, its more universal value is its presentation of a modern believer.

The maturity of Wiman's voice, the quiet that suffuses his words and indicates his gravity of introspection, and the gorgeous cadence offered in damn near every sentence make this one book I'll relentlessly recommend to those peering into the terrifying and beautiful abyss--which is to say, anyone and everyone.

Beyond the autobiographical elements of the book, beyond the translucent prose that this gifted poet offers us, its more universal value is its presentation of a modern believer.

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Poignant and focused. Wiman's story is chiefly a love affair: of a poet with words, of a husband with his wife and two daughters, of a believer with the holy. How do we answer this "burn of being"? In neglecting the voices of women, who are more attuned to the immanent nature of divinity, who feel that eruption in their very bodies, theology has silenced a powerful—perhaps the most powerful—side of God.

Faith is not some half-remembered country into which you come like a long-exiled king, dispensing the old wisdom, casting out the radical, insurrectionist aspects of yourself by which you'd been betrayed.

So what does all this mean practically? My soul sang alongside every word. Are his friends no comfort to him at all? I can think of only a handful of writers I've read who have diagnosed the contemporary spiritual condition as poignantly as Wiman.

Wiman refuses easeful conclusions, he celebrates the verse and the two-faced joy at the hub of our lives--Nietzsche's tragic joy--and in doing so he has written what will be for many a life-changing book. Please call before going to store. More than any other contemporary book I know, My Bright Abyss reveals what it can mean to experience St.

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My Bright Abyss : Meditation of a Modern Believer by Christian Wiman (2014, Paperback)

But this book is much more than that, and Wiman is relentless in his probing of how life feels when one is up against death. That alertness carries over into his readings of poetry, which occur in a pressured context, as the language of the poems becomes part of his evolving mental landscape, part of his recovery, his spiritual as well as physical survival.

What might it mean for our lives—and for our deaths—if we acknowledge the "insistent, persistent ghost" that some of us call God? There's a luminous clarity in these pages, the kind that comes only when a writer is facing ultimate questions.

It will challenge you, believer or not, to think again about the things that are most important. The best that can come from contemplation of mortality, perhaps, is a kind of wisdom that can give others strength--not by answering questions, like those best-sellers which claim to tell you what happens after you see the white light, but by asking questions honestly.

Benedict's admonition to keep death daily before your eyes. Like Merton, he captures the smugness that can poison some atheists as it does some believers.The book My Bright Abyss is subtitled Meditation of a Modern Believer, but the believer of the subtitle (Christian Wiman) is a poet who deconstructs and inverts the very word belief.

It's not for nothing that someone else called Wiman the "atheist Christian."/5. Apr 02,  · My Bright Abyss, composed in the difficult years since and completed in the wake of a bone marrow transplant, is a moving meditation on what a viable contemporary faith—responsive not only to modern thought and science but also to religious tradition—might look like.5/5(2).

Apr 11,  · Book Review: 'My Bright Abyss,' By Christian Wiman Christian Wiman's new essay collection, My Bright Abyss, explores his ideas about faith and. “This is a daring and urgent book More than any other contemporary book I know, My Bright Abyss reveals what it can mean to experience St.

Benedict's admonition to keep death daily before your eyes Wiman is relentless in his probing of how life feels when one is up against death.

My God my bright abyss Into which all my longing will not go Once more I come to the edge of all I know And believing nothing believe in this: A nd there the poem ends.

Or fails, rather, for in the three years since I first wrote that stanza I have been trying to feel my way—to will my way—into its ending. My Bright Abyss, composed in the difficult years since and completed in the wake of a bone marrow transplant, is a moving meditation on what a viable contemporary faith—responsive not only to modern thought and science but also to religious tradition—might look like.