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Lions, Harts, Leaping Does and Other Stories by J.F. Powers

Lions, Harts, Leaping Does and Other Stories by J.F. Powers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


A collection of Catholic stories by a writer known for his Catholic writing including priests as main characters. The introduction is worth reading as it explains the opposing of views by scholars as to whether he is a writer of religion or simply one who writes about religious characters. Chesterton highly praises him, and I take Chesterton seriously, but I think I have to agree with the other view from this sampling as I only found two of these stories to tackle religious topics and themes. The writing is good and I enjoyed reading the stories because of that and I think, in the end, Powers is simply showing that priests are people too.

1. Dawn (1956) - Shows the pettiness of people. An unmarked envelope is found in the collection plate addressed to the Pope. Everybody, starting with the parish secretary, passes the buck and the letter goes through the hierarchy until it reaches the Bishop who'd …

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