God Is

God Is

My Search for Faith in A Secular World

Book - 2009
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David Adams Richards' most powerful and self-revealing book will provoke, infuriate -- and, for many, inspire. David Adams Richards, one of Canada's most beloved and celebrated authors, has wrestled with questions of faith and religion ever since he was a child -- a struggle that has constantly informed his work as a writer. Now the man who has been described as "Canada's Tolstoy" sets down his beliefs in his most personally revealing work. For David Adams Richards, the presence of God cannot be denied. For him, God is. Richards is certain that many of those who lazily espouse atheism also know the presence of God, though they deny it to everyone -- including themselves. The title of his new memoir is an affirmation of God's existence but also stands as a reply to Christopher Hitchens' assertion that "God is not great."God Is.charts with passion and subtlety the author's rocky relationship with his cradle Catholicism, his battle with alcoholism, his encounters with men who were proud to be murderers, and the many times in his life when he has been witness to what he unapologetically calls miracles. The unique voice of David Adams Richards has never been so powerful. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2009
ISBN: 9780385666510
Branch Call Number: 212 .1 RIC
Characteristics: 166 p. ;,22 cm


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Apr 02, 2012

David Adams Richards is one of my favourite authors. Though his occasionally quirky sentence structure can be frustrating, bear with him. What he's saying is well worth the effort to grasp. Also, to truly appreciate his novels, it helps to read this book, and vice versa. I've read "God Is." 3 times and each time I get something new out of it.

csbryant Apr 17, 2011

I had to stop reading this book. I tried to finish it, but I just couldn’t. For one thing, there was a major lack of commas. Commas need to be used sometimes, and when they are left out it makes for a very difficult read. I also found this book to be very condescending. If I were an atheist I would have been incredibly offended reading this book. Even as a person who believes in God, I was offended. It seemed to me like Richards was not so much describing his “search for faith in a secular world”, but more trying to convince the reader that God exists. His reasons were not very convincing. I was more frustrated and irritated than anything while reading this book.

Aug 12, 2010

God Is. is not an autobiography, although it does include some personal annecdotes. It is a discussion of what faith is and how it plays out in the world according to Richards. It might appeal to those who are well read and familiar with the literary greats ie Blake, James and the Russian greats. The book comes across as a philosophical discussion. It is not an easy read and I got lost in some of the sentences as well as the topics. Nevertheless I finished the book in two days and will probably reread it at some point once I have read more of Richards novels.

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