In terms of writing, we are talking the cream of the crop. Ann Patchett, Tobias Wolff, Alice McDermott, Mary Gordon, etc. Every essay is impeccably written. The essay subjects ranged from, as the title states, Joan of Arc to Oscar Romero. If you're wanting historical information, it's there. If you're looking for spiritual insight or inspiration, it's also there.
In terms of entertainment value, I tended to prefer the essays that were more personal and related to spiritual growth than those that were academic in tone, but what the really means is that there is something in here for everyone. There are deeply philosophical, historical, and academic essays, and there are personal anecdotes and musings. The variety kept it interesting and I learned something significant from every essay. I read it over the course of several evenings, a few essays at a time, but it could all be read at once as well.
I highly recommend reading this. I think if you're interested in matters of faith, whether Protestant or Catholic, or of any religion, there is something to gain from reading this. It's also an example of beautiful essays from current authors on what they believe and their personal opinions on faith, which I think will appeal to any reader who is interested in the lives of authors.
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