'… and then there were the dead leaves and the brilliant mosses and the mushrooms…' Well, with this post the collective enjoyment of Wendell Berry's tale of the bachelor barber of Port William over at Michele's place comes to an end. We've been at it since September and now must lay to rest our observations … Continue reading Jayber Crow–Chapters 30-32, the finale!
If you are looking for my latest thoughts on Jayber Crow discussing Chapters 27-29 please go here. Today I wanted to post an excerpt from a poem by Wendell Berry on his opinion regarding theology, as some of us at Michele's place have been wondering how to pin down Berry's beliefs as they seep into … Continue reading The theology behind Jayber
Well, the days of reading Jayber Crow with the faithful folks at Michele Morin's LIVING OUR DAYS blog are winding down. This is the next to the last set of chapters and Jayber is making a fresh start at a slower quieter pace away from the demands of Inspectors and an official occupation, at the … Continue reading Jayber Crow–Chapters 27-29
The Inevitability and Effects of Athey's Aging... These chapters held a lot of sadness, intermingled with hopefulness. I guess that's pretty much the story of life in a sin-damaged world. Troy and Mattie's little Jimmy grows up, the glad disciple of Athey He was learning something of the use of judgment. He was excited by … Continue reading Jayber Crow–Chapters 24-26
With good reason God teaches us we ought not to judge others as though we knew all things. Not only do we not know our neighbor's heart, we can't even fathom the depths of our own! These consideration by C.S. Lewis give me pause to nip my plentiful and unsubstantiated judgments in the bud: Human … Continue reading There will be Surprises!
I'm reading Wendell Berry's book along with the folks at Living our Days blog at https://michelemorin.wordpress.com We're on the home stretch now! Each Thursday we talk about a few more chapters together and reflect on what we've noticed. Feel free to join us even if you're not reading along. There is always good food for thought! Jayber … Continue reading Jayber Crow–Chapters 21-23
In these chapters Berry explores the anatomy of an affair through Jayber's reflections. We also perceive through his thoughts what it feels like to be on both the giving and receiving ends of hate. Meanwhile Jayber gains a greater sense of Port William's collective memories and of the various affections, joys and sorrows that hold … Continue reading Jayber Crow–Chapters 18-20
Grace is unimaginable in a world where everyone believes grace is deserved. And when grace is transformed into entitlement the definitions change, both for those inside and outside the church....In a culture that thrives on self-affirmation and self-determination, "showing grace" now means accepting someone else's definition of their own righteousness. Our age of expressive individualism … Continue reading What does it mean to ‘show grace’?
We've now past the half-way point in Jayber's account of his life. I'm reading Wendell Berry's book along with the folks at Living our Days blog at https://michelemorin.wordpress.com Each Thursday we talk about a few more chapters together and reflect on what we've noticed. Check out the About page at my blog for the reading schedule and join us, or … Continue reading Jayber Crow–chapters 15-17
I am reading Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry in conjunction with the followers of Michele Morin’s Living our Days blog at https://michelemorin.wordpress.com Each Thursday we talk about a few more chapters together, although I'm late checking in this week myself! Check out my About page above for the reading schedule and join us, or just come along for the conversation ( … Continue reading Jayber Crow–Chapters 12-14