Published by: Atria Books
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Whether believer, skeptic, agnostic, atheist, or something other, these twenty-four authors share a fascinating, daring, and multifaceted perspective on what faith means (or doesn’t mean). The collection of personal essays includes bestselling authors such as Anne Perry, who writes about a deeply spiritual faith that embraces and sustains her through every step of her life. Caroline Leavitt writes about tarot cards, mediums, and quantum physics to explain her concept of faith. Barbara Graham relates how her search for meaning took her to a small village in Germany where an Indian mystic taught her a remarkable, but wholly unexpected, lesson. Afghan-American author Tamim Ansary beautifully captures his childhood curiosity amidst his Islamic views. There is the irrepressible Malachy McCourt’s anti-religion rant, and then Pam Houston’s signature wit and sense of irony, which gives the question of faith a surprising twist.
Honest, provocative, and candid, Faith begins a larger conversation and invites the question: What do you believe?
“This is a great anthology—soul-searching and profoundly moving. Faith reaches into the heart of a person's being, be one a believer, an agnostic or an atheist. I laughed, I cried, but most of all I was inspired to consider: What do I believe?”
–Sandra Gulland, international bestselling author of the Josephine B. Trilogy and The Shadow Queen
“This collection of touching, honest, outrageous and outraged essays challenges all of us to explore our own personal truths. As we read, even those of us who are ‘non-believers,’ are drawn into conversation with our better selves. That is the gift of this book.”
–Suzanne Braun Levine, author of Inventing the Rest of Our Lives
“Must we pray to express our faith?” asks author and editor Zackheim (The Bone Weaver) in the introduction to this collection of essays. “And must faith always be tied to God?” Many of the writings, especially those on the loss or rediscovery of faith, concern the difference between faith as it is taught by organized religions and as it is experienced in everyday life; believers and nonbelievers alike caution against the dehumanization that is a consequence of dogmatism. The strongest tests of faith recounted here come in the face of tragedy: incurable illness, brutality, and death leave no recourse but transformative grace, whether human or divine."