In this spirited collection of essays, Brian Doyle employs his wit, wisdom, and gusto for life as he shares with readers his thoughts on Jesus, the Mass, Birds, Bees, and so much more. What would be a good alternative name for Jesus? What does a honeybee at Mass have to tell us about Christ? What is, after all, the real point of saying prayers when someone is suffering?
Through the good and the bad, the serious and the hilarious, Doyle finds just the right story and just the right words to help us better understand life and love—and to help us see our faith in a whole new light.
Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, in Oregon. He is the author of four essay collections, most recently Leaping: Revelations & Epiphanies (Loyola Press, 2003). He and his father Jim Doyle are the co-authors of Two Voices, which won the Christopher Award in 1996. Brian’s own essays have appeared in The American Scholar, The Atlantic Monthly, and Harper’s, among other periodicals, and in the Best American Essays anthologies of 1998, 1999, and 2003.
No one writes prose with the verve and honesty, the gusto and wit of Brian Doyle. Read Leaping and I know you'll agree - Brian Doyle is a superb, a sublime, artist of the written word.
-Pattiann Rogers, author of Song of the World Becoming