These profoundly moving ruminations will change how you feel and think about the mysterious, fragile, human heart.
"Every creature on earth has approximately two billion heartbeats to spend in a lifetime. You can spend them slowly, like a tortoise, and live to be two hundred years old, or you can spend them fast, like a hummingbird, and live to be two years old."
The heart: it is known as the seat of the soul, the power house of the body, the essence of spirituality. No other bodily organ has so captured the imagination of human beings since the beginning of time.
This startling, genuinely unique book moves like a freight train through the scientific, emotional, literary, philosophical, and spiritual understandings of the heart, from cardiology to courage, from love letters and pop songs to Jesus. The torment of Doyles own infant sons heart surgery is the thread weaving the strands together, but the wisdom is for every person who seeks a more passionate life, in touch with the heart of God.
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.