Writing Straight with Crooked Lines - Orbis Books


Pages: 336

Binding: Softcover

Writing Straight with Crooked Lines

By: Jim Forest
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"Reading Writing Straight With Crooked Lines has enticed me to engage in my own archeological sifting. It has me looking at my myriad wrong turns and interrogating more closely the friendships and relationships that formed me as a person. It was as though Forest was inviting me, through offering his stories, to ponder what I see and what I fail to see. In that sense, Forest’s memoir took me beyond the realm of history and biography, into the realm of authentic spirituality."--Paul Pynkoski Secretary, International Thomas Merton Society

Jim Forest has spent a lifetime in the cause of peace and reconciliation. In this memoir he traces his story through his intimate encounters with some of the great peacemakers of our time, including Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Daniel Berrigan, Henri Nouwen, and Thich Nhat Hanh. The son of ardent Communists, his remarkable journey led to his enlistment in the Navy, and then his discharge as a conscientious objector following his conversion to Catholicism.

From the Catholic Worker in New York he went on to play a key role in mobilizing religious protest against the Vietnam War and served a year in prison for his role in destroying draft records in Milwaukee. But his journey continued, including extensive travels in Russia in the last years of the USSR, his reception into the Orthodox Church, and his work as the author of over a dozen books on spirituality and peacemaking.

Jim Forest (1941-2022), a co-founder of the Catholic Peace Fellowship, was author of many Orbis books, including All Is Grace, Living with Wisdom, At Play in the Lions' Den and Eyes of Compassion (his biographies of peacemakers Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Daniel Berrigan, and Thich Naht Hanh). His other bestselling titles include Praying with Icons, The Ladder of the Beatitudes, and Writing Straight with Crooked Lines: A Memoir.


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