My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Thoroughly enjoyable book. Professor Ralph Wood does a tremendous job of describing the world we live in–specifically the South–theologically, politically, and philosophically using the writings and letters of Flannery O’Connor as well as a number of her contemporaries, such as Andrew Lytle, and a variety of theologians, such as Karl Barth.
The book is a bit academic; you probably aren’t going to read this at the poolside with kids jumping and running and swimming all around you–especially if you are responsible for their safety! Yet, it is still a worthy read.
Professor Wood goes through a number of O’Connor’s stories, novels, and characters to reveal how we can understand the South and our own world through them. He brings great insight to them by comparing them to life and revealing O’Connor’s own understanding of them as expressed in her letters. Thankful to have been made aware of this book and have the opportunity to read it.