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Best-selling and award-winning essayist Brian Doyle knows that the heartbeat of Catholicism is found not in papal decrees and pageantry, but in the parish halls, potluck dinners, and the believing community. In this spirited collection of more than 40 essays, Doyle employs his trademark wit, candor, and gusto for life and faith to reignite readers’ excitement for Catholicism as he plumbs some of the stickier and trickier elements of the Catholic character.

From preparing for his first confession with a fake laundry list of sins to his young observations of President Kennedy’s assassination, Doyle’s passionate writing makes for a heartfelt, genuine, and often laugh-out-loud read. The Thorny Grace of It reaffirms that the Catholic faith—imperfect as it is—is wildly aflame in hearts and lives everywhere.

“It is a boon, a blessing, to have Brian Doyle’s vagabond essays now rubbing elbows in a single, handy, and altogether delightful volume." 
- Kenneth L. Woodward, author of The Book of Miracles

" It is a boon, a blessing, to have Brian Doyle's vagabond essays now rubbing elbows in a single handy and altogether delightful volume." Brian Doyle edits Portland Magazine at the University of Portland in Oregon, called “the best spiritual magazine in the country” by Annie Dillard. Doyle is also the author of 13 books of essays, fiction, and poetry; among the honors for his work are the Christopher Medal and a Catholic Press Association Book Award. He lives with his family in Portland. 

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  • PDF | 188 pages
  • Brian Doyle(Author)
  • Loyola Press (October 1, 2013)
  • English
  • 9
  • Christian Books & Bibles

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  • By Ruah Bull on September 10, 2017

    Doyle is a favorite of mine-- these essays are deeply moving- find myself laughing and weeping at the same time-- true Celtic spirit:>) They are so powerful that I can only read one or two at a time--great essays for all-but as a returning catholic I love his capacity to grapple with the mystery and beauty that is right along side the crazy blindness- and even sinfulness- of this huge church. He is a gift--

  • By Sandy on March 8, 2018

    Read whatever he has written

  • By thrust bearing on October 20, 2014

    I think this is a fabulous book of essays and short stories that showcase the Catholic way of looking at the church and life.Extremely timely. Brings back memories of growing up and going to a parochial school and to a Jesuit high school.BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO!!! Very well done.

  • By David L on March 18, 2015

    Brian doyle is a silver-tongued devil who never seems to run out of words. The Blarney stone must have been near his home, he's got a great dose of that. We enjoy reading his writings, and we've already given it to a daughter to read.

  • By P. Parker on April 28, 2017

    Brian is a wonderful, thought provoking author.

  • By evelyn saal on August 18, 2017

    One of my favorite authors. He died recently making his thoughts even more dear.

  • By claudia sullivan on July 9, 2017

    my new favorite writer. funny, insightful, relatable and spiritually open.

  • By nancy nellis on October 22, 2014

    Brian Doyle is a wonderful writer. St. Ignatius of Loyola invites us to "find God in all things." Brian Doyle does this in his essays and through them we are invited to look for God in the events of our lives. He is proclaiming the Gospel in a very beautiful way.


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