Book Review: The Violent Bear It Away

Edge Induced Cohesion

The Violent Bear It Away:  A Novel, by Flannery O’Connor

This particular book is a dark and chilling novel, one that portrays the life of the rural South as featuring a complex battle over spirituality in which someone is compelled against his own timidity to fulfill the destiny that was placed upon him with the prophecy of a dead relative.  The author appears in this particular novel to be wrestling with the limits of free will and determinism, and the way in which even accident and blunder can lead to the workings of God’s mysterious and not always benevolent will.  Like many novels, not least to say many novels that deal with dark matters of the relationship between God and man and people and other people, the title itself is taken from scripture about how the zealous take the kingdom by force, and the plot of the novel itself eventually…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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