Acts of Faith: Stories
Jane Mead, Reid Sherline
Timken Publishers, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 166 pages
Acts of Faith is an anthology of short fiction that illuminates the question: "What is faith?" Stories by such authors as Flannery O'Connor, Alice Walker, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Raymond Carver, and Richard Bausch offer examples of what faith can be.
Faith is different from belief, belief in God or in a set of orthodox opinions. Faith is used here in the sense of trust in something that cannot be explained logically. It is that leap in the dark - Abraham's willingness to follow God's command - with an outcome that cannot be known until it is attained. When certain characters in Acts of Faith dispel their doubts and follow their feelings, their worlds expand to include a comprehension at which logical reasoning can only guess.
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