How Dante Can Save Your Life

Dante told his patron that he wrote his poem to bring readers from misery to happiness. It worked for Rod Dreher. Dante saved Rod Dreher’s life—and in this book, Dreher shows you how Dante can save yours.

Author: Rod Dreher

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781941393772

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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The opening lines of The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri launched Rod Dreher on a journey that rescued him from exile and saved his life. Dreher found that the medieval poem offered him a surprisingly practical way of solving modern problems. Following the death of his little sister and the publication of his New York Times bestselling memoir The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Dreher found himself living in the small community of Starhill, Louisiana where he grew up. But instead of the fellowship he hoped to find, he discovered that fault lines within his family had deepened. Dreher spiraled into depression and a stress-related autoimmune disease. Doctors told Dreher that if he didn’t find inner peace, he would destroy his health. Soon after, he came across The Divine Comedy in a bookstore and was enchanted by its first lines, which seemed to describe his own condition. In the months that followed, Dante helped Dreher understand the mistakes and mistaken beliefs that had torn him down and showed him that he had the power to change his life. Dreher knows firsthand the solace and strength that can be found in Dante’s great work, and distills its wisdom for those who are lost in the dark wood of depression, struggling with failure (or success), wrestling with a crisis of faith, alienated from their families or communities, or otherwise enduring the sense of exile that is the human condition. Inspiring, revelatory, and packed with penetrating spiritual, moral, and psychological insights, How Dante Can Save Your Life is a book for people, both religious and secular, who find themselves searching for meaning and healing. Dante told his patron that he wrote his poem to bring readers from misery to happiness. It worked for Rod Dreher. Dante saved Rod Dreher’s life—and in this book, Dreher shows you how Dante can save yours.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Books

What W. H. Auden Can Do for You (2013).50 Ten Poems to Change Your Life (2001) was one-upped nine years later by an ... life-changing and lifesaving powers into a single memoir, How Dante Can Save Your Life: The Life-Changing Wisdom of ...

Author: Leah Price

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781541673908

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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Reports of the death of reading are greatly exaggerated Do you worry that you've lost patience for anything longer than a tweet? If so, you're not alone. Digital-age pundits warn that as our appetite for books dwindles, so too do the virtues in which printed, bound objects once trained us: the willpower to focus on a sustained argument, the curiosity to look beyond the day's news, the willingness to be alone. The shelves of the world's great libraries, though, tell a more complicated story. Examining the wear and tear on the books that they contain, English professor Leah Price finds scant evidence that a golden age of reading ever existed. From the dawn of mass literacy to the invention of the paperback, most readers already skimmed and multitasked. Print-era doctors even forbade the very same silent absorption now recommended as a cure for electronic addictions. The evidence that books are dying proves even scarcer. In encounters with librarians, booksellers and activists who are reinventing old ways of reading, Price offers fresh hope to bibliophiles and literature lovers alike. Winner of the Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Award, 2020

The Art of Being Free

Yet I was much more moved by this film as an unintentional warning of abandonment, in its all too familiar ... Rod recounts his own quest in How Dante Can Save Your Life: The Life-Changing Wisdom of History's Greatest Poem (New York: ...

Author: James Poulos

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781250134042

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

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Most of us probably don’t learn about Alexis de Tocqueville in school anymore, but his masterpiece, Democracy in America, is still surprisingly resonant. When he came to America in 1831 to study our great political experiment, he puzzled over our strange struggles with religion and politics, work and money, sex and gender, and love and death. Clearly we haven’t come as far as one might hope. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom—and it isn’t now. Tocqueville didn’t just catalog our problems; he provided a manual on how to flourish despite them. In The Art of Being Free, journalist and scholar James Poulos puts Tocqueville’s advice to work for a contemporary audience, showing us how to live sane, healthy, and happy lives amid our hectic, shifting world. Poulos reveals what Tocqueville’s beloved study tells us about everything from our relationship to technology and our obsession with appearances to our workaholism, our listlessness, and our ways of coping with stress. He explores how our uniquely American malaise can be alleviated—not by the next wellness fad or self-help craze, but by the kind of fearless inventory-taking that has fallen out of fashion.

Dante Mercy and the Beauty of the Human Person

of the theological dimensions of Dante's work.5 Moreover, the volume owes its existence to a particular context at the university of notre Dame that is uniquely suited for the ... How Dante Can Save Your Life; and Luzzi, In a Dark Wood.

Author: Leonard J. DeLorenzo

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532605833

Category: Religion

Page: 248

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Dante, Mercy, and the Beauty of the Human Person is a pilgrimage to rediscover the spiritual and humanizing benefit of the Commedia. Treating each cantica of the poem, this volume offers profound meditations on the intertwined themes of memory, prayer, sainthood, the irony of sin, theological and literary aesthetics, and desire, all while consistently reflecting upon the key themes of mercy and beauty in the revelation of the human person within the drama of divine love.

Book Girl

Where do we get the idea of life as a voyage or a journey, our romanticized image of a soul on a quest? One of the major sources is from ... Also of interest might be Rod Dreher's How Dante Can Save Your Life.) The Brothers Karamazov by ...

Author: Sarah Clarkson

Publisher: NavPress

ISBN: 9781496425829

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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When you hear a riveting story, does it thrill your heart and stir your soul? Do you hunger for truth and goodness? Do you secretly relate to Belle’s delight in the library in Beauty and the Beast? If so, you may be on your way to being a book girl. Books were always Sarah Clarkson’s delight. Raised in the company of the lively Anne of Green Gables, the brave Pevensie children of Narnia, and the wise Austen heroines, she discovered reading early on as a daily gift, a way of encountering the world in all its wonder. But what she came to realize as an adult was just how powerfully books had shaped her as a woman to live a story within that world, to be a lifelong learner, to grasp hope in struggle, and to create and act with courage. She’s convinced that books can do the same for you. Join Sarah in exploring the reading life as a gift and an adventure, one meant to enrich, broaden, and delight you in each season of your life as a woman. In Book Girl, you’ll discover: how reading can strengthen your spiritual life and deepen your faith, why a journey through classic literature might be just what you need (and where to begin), how stories form your sense of identity, how Sarah’s parents raised her to be a reader—and what you can do to cultivate a love of reading in the growing readers around you, and 20+ annotated book lists, including some old favorites and many new discoveries. Whether you’ve long considered yourself a reader or have dreams of becoming one, Book Girl will draw you into the life-giving journey of becoming a woman who reads and lives well.

Moral Upbringing through the Arts and Literature

La filosofia dell'amore nelle 160hies di Dante. Rome: Edizioni Abete Roma. Dreher, Rod. 2015. How Dante Can Save Your Life: The Life-Changing Wisdom of History's Greatest Poem. Regan Arts. Kindle Edition. 2 I owe this insight to Stefano ...

Author: Pawel Kazmierczak

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527523739

Category: Education

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Mark Twain, the great American writer of the South whose characters struggle with difficult choices, famously said: “Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.” Taking Twain’s phrase as a starting point, this book considers how literature and art explore different systems of values and principles of conduct, and how they can teach us to cope at times of trial. Morality remains one of the most contested areas of thought and ethics in the modern world, due to numerous misapprehensions and the move away from solidarity, from what we share and hold in common, particularly our inherent pursuit of virtue and consideration of principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong, good and bad. Featuring essays by scholars from countries which have seen traditions of virtue and character formation perish in the course of tragic social experiments, this book highlights the role of literature and arts in educating about virtues and character, in both a regional and global context. The volume offers philosophical analysis of moral education and engages with the literary canon, discussing the ways in which virtue was taught and can still be taught with Aristotle as one of the regained “tools of learning.” The essays span countries from England, Spain, Italy and Belgium to the USA, Costa Rica, ancient China and Israel, with Poland, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and Central Europe receiving considerable coverage. They address themes of virtue and character formation from the Bronze Age to the present and serve as inspiring reading for educators, literary scholars, historians, ethicists, artists and active readers.

He Made the Stars Also

How Dante Can Save Your Life: The Life-Saving Wisdom of History's Greatest Poem. New York: Regan Arts, 2015. Elie, Paul. The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage. New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2003.

Author: Cole Huffman

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781620320211

Category: Religion

Page: 142

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You probably know that Jesus did miracles, but do you know why? Reading about Jesus' miracles is like pointing at constellations in the sky. We look at the stars themselves, not the finger pointing at them. This constellation of seven miracles in John's Gospel shows us who Jesus was and why it matters. It is the miracle worker we're to see, not just the miracles. Why was his turning water into wine not a party trick? Why did he walk on water instead of staying on shore? Why did he cry when raising Lazarus back to life? Each miracle in John's narration is a story that had to be told. The Jesus you meet in these pages is full of power and compassion, glory and approachability, grace and truth. Whether you've known Jesus a long time, are new to faith, or just curious about him, He Made the Stars Also draws upon John's seven sign events to show you why Jesus remains so compelling.

If Is the Only Peacemaker

One contemporary American cultural critic, Rod Dreher, even wrote a book entitled How Dante Can Save Your Life. 4. See Markos, From Achilles to Christ. Virgil lives before the Incarnation of Christ, it is probably 24 Part I ...

Author: Greg Maillet

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781666705201

Category: Religion

Page: 306

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If Is the Only Peacemaker explores the drama of Shakespeare through a cultural lens that can be shown to be central to the formation of this theatrical art: fourteenth- to sixteenth-century Catholic Humanism. Part I of this book traces this tradition through key figures in Medieval and Renaissance Humanism, including Dante, Chaucer, Erasmus, and Thomas More. The latter two, especially, convey Catholic Humanism to Shakespeare’s England, and help to establish a rhetorical ideal: the union of eloquentia and sapientia, of wit and wisdom. Part II then closely reads one of Shakespeare’s major comedies, As You Like It, through this ideal, finding in this play an outstanding example of the Catholic Humanist rhetoric central to Shakespeare’s art. This part of the book also mingles rhetorical and performance criticism, citing six different productions of As You Like It.

Life in the Presence of God

This kind of training leads up to the day when we'll be in God's presence for eternity. We can't forget that knowing God is the ... In his book How Dante Can Save Your Life, author Rod Dreher wrote of some value he found in this prayer.

Author: Kenneth Boa

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830888986

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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It's hard to discern God's presence amid the hubbub of modern life. But experiencing God is not just for the super-spiritual—every Christian can learn to cultivate a greater awareness of God in the everyday. Sharing dozens of practical exercises and disciplines, Ken Boa offers a contemporary guide to practicing the presence of God, revealing how we can deepen our walk with God and abide in his presence.