My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor shows the strength of the Christian Spirit in Modern-Times, especially in the Southern Bible-Belt. The Bible is something people live through down here(this reviewer lives in Lakeland Florida, a hot bed Christian revival). The bible is not an abstracted idea that one believes.
O'Connor shows the depth of the blood that is wise through the giving of ones life to the Gospel. It is a short novel, but one that will haunt you for a long time. O'Connor is proclaiming to the world that there is nothing for your pain but the Blood of Jesus Christ, by showing characters who attempt to make their own gospel. Hazel attempts to have a church without Christ. Hazel's hope rests in a car that will not move forward. He attempts to direct the divine path, but finds that like Noah (in the story about a whale) that he can't subtract or add form a debt that has all ready been paid in full.
We like Hazel stuff gravel in our shoes, attempting to perfect our own walk. And all this does is hurt our feet. We are merely pinpoints of light awash in the flood of being. OConnor proclaims that a church without Christ falls off the cliff never to be put back together again.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in faith, the church, Southern Sensibilities, or anyone interested in a great read. Two clucks way up. By the way this was the first time I had the privilage of reading O'Connor and I plan to read more of her in the future.
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|Genre(s)||Southern Gothic novel|
|Publisher||Harcourt, Brace & Company|
|Publication date||May 15, 1952|
|Media type||Print (Hardback &Paperback)|