• Paperback: 352 pages
• Publisher: HarperOne (February 12, 2013)
For a thoughtful Catholic, ongoing divisions and controversies call for continual redefinition and negotiation of one’s faith and allegiance to the Church. And this often requires looking at respected figures from past and present for inspiration.
In Not Less Than Everything: Catholic Writers on Heroes of Conscience, from Joan of Arc to Oscar Romero, anthology editor Catherine Wolff has compiled a thoughtful and engaging collection of essays and reflections on the Catholic figures who continue to inspire and serve as role models today—profiles of the men and women who found great personal, spiritual, and intellectual strength to keep their faith while challenging the traditional church. Some were denounced as heretics, others suffered injustice for following their conscience in ways displeasing to church authorities. And yet all of these figures have what theologian Elizabeth Johnson calls “uncanny integrity.” They saw through a lens of great moral clarity, were fueled by passionate motivation, and remained steadfast in their beliefs.
Covering a range of subjects and topics—from Ann Patchett on Charles Strobel to Colm Toibin on Gerard Manley Hopkins to Alice McDermott on Horace McKenna, S.J.—the anthology showcases some of today’s most respected writers and thinkers engaging personally with their favorite saints, official and not. Confronting the challenges of living one’s faith in the real world, Not Less Than Everything will appeal to both a Catholic audience struggling to make sense of their faith amidst current controversies, and a wider readership eager to explore the abiding tensions between conscience and authority.
Catherine Wolff is the director of the Arrupe Center for Community-Based Learning at Santa Clara University. She is married to author Tobias Wolff. They have three grown children and live in Stanford, California.
Catherine’s Tour Stops
Wednesday, February 13th: Vox Nova
Thursday, February 14th: So What Faith
Monday, February 18th: JonathanFSullivan.com
Thursday, February 21st: 50 Books Project
Tuesday, February 26th: 5 Minutes for Books
Wednesday, February 27th: The 3 R’s: Reading, ‘Riting, and Randomness
Monday, March 4th: Book Hooked Blog
Tuesday, March 12th: Emily McFarlan Miller
Sunday, March 24th: the smitten word