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October 26, 2004

God's Awful Love

‘Oh,’ the priest said, ‘that’s another thing altogether—God is love. I don’t say the heart doesn’t feel a taste of it, but what a taste. The smallest glass of love mixed with a pint pot of ditch-water. We wouldn’t recognize that love. It might even look like hate. It would be enough to scare us—God’s love. It set fire to a bush in the desert, didn’t it, and smashed open graves and set the dead walking in the dark. Oh, a man like me would run a mile to get away if he felt that love around.’

--the priest in Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory

Hubby read this book last year and wrote about it in The Whisky Priest in Us All. I just finished The Power and the Glory, and I like it as much as the first Greene novel I read, Travels with my Aunt.


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I just had soo much fun clicking all around your husband's site, and then your old site! Wow, what a treasure chests full of great surprises!!

My husband has read some of Graham Greene’s books, but I haven't yet. I shall have to add them to the booklist...

Posted by: Kris at October 26, 2004 11:59 PM


Thanks for the encouragement!

Honestly, I've picked up and put down other Greene books without being able to really get into them. But the two I mentioned are worth the time to read.

Posted by: TulipGirl at October 27, 2004 07:01 AM

I'll have to agree that The Power and the Glory is excellent in the fact that show how the loving grace of God overcomes our sinful nature.

I read this some time ago for a religious studies class in college and the quite-liberal proffessor asked us to write an essay on whether or not the "Whisky Priest" was a good example of a Christian. I think my answer surprised the liberal prof.

I argued that he was a good example because despite his sinful failings he persevered and followed a higher calling than the seemingly prudent road to escape. One could rightly nitpick about the Catholic religion, sacerdotalism, etc., but in the end I think that Greene's portrays a much more real picture of the Christian struggle than many of the protestant "Christian fiction" genre of today.

Posted by: Jared Bridges at October 27, 2004 05:30 PM

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