Acts of Faith: Stories

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Jane Mead, Reid Sherline
Timken Publishers, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 166 pages
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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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About the author (1995)

Jane Mead is the author of two previous collections of poetry, 'House of Poured-Out Waters' and 'The Lord and the General Din of the World'. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Lannan Foundation Completion Grant.For many years Poet-in-Residence at Wake Forest University, she now manages the family ranch in northern California.

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