Faith

Essays from Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists

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Faith

Essays from Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists

Victoria Zackheim

We have all wrestled with the big questions: Why is there tragedy in our life? Why is there evil in the world? And, whether believer, skeptic, agnostic, atheist, or something other, at some point in our lives we all ask: What do I believe? In Faith, 23 award-winning and bestselling authors provide thought-provoking, multifaceted personal essays that illustrate their own explorations and struggles with this big question.

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In Faith, 23 award-winning and bestselling authors provide thought-provoking, multifaceted personal essays that illustrate their own explorations and struggles with the big questions. Bestselling author Anne Perry writes about the deeply spiritual faith that has embraced and sustained her through life, while Malachy McCourt puts forth a heated, anti-religion rant. Pam Houston delivers her signature wit and irony, and Tamim Ansary beautifully captures how his Islamic roots led him to the secular mysticism he professes today. 

Full list of contributing authors: Anne Perry, Caroline Leavitt, Frank Dabba Smith, Beverly Donofrio, Malachy McCourt, Pam Houston, Aviva Layton, Christine O'Hagan, David Corbett, Tamim Ansary, Amy Ferris, Sylvie Simmons, David Misch, Mara Purl, Barbara Graham, Barbara Abercrombie, Amanda Enayati, Susana Franck, Bonnie Garvin, Dianne Rinehart, Lee Chamberlin, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Carrie Kabak.



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Meet the Author

Victoria Zackheim

Victoria Zackheim is an author and editor of five anthologies. Victoria is also a playwright, writes documentary and feature films, and teaches personal essay writing at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. She is a 2010 San Francisco Library Laureate. She lives in San Francisco, CA.

Press Reviews

“This is a great anthology—soul-searching and profoundly moving. Faith reaches into the heart of a person's being, be one a believer, an agnostic or an atheist. I laughed, I cried, but most of all I was inspired to consider: What do I believe?”

Sandra Gulland
international bestselling author of the Josephine B. Trilogy and The Shadow Queen

“This collection of touching, honest, outrageous and outraged essays challenges all of us to explore our own personal truths. As we read, even those of us who are ‘non-believers,’ are drawn into conversation with our better selves. That is the gift of this book.”

Suzanne Braun Levine
author of Inventing the Rest of Our Lives

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Book excerpt: "Ah. Yes." by Amy Ferris

He was a spiritual advisor/therapist of sorts. More like a healer/shaman. I had known him for years. I told him that I felt empty, lost...completely depleted. “I think I need to reconnect with a spiritual path,” I said. “It finds you,” he told me. “One day you’ll be doing something, standing somewhere, driving in the car . . . and you’ll just feel it, get it . . . know it. You’ll know it. It’ll wash over you.”

“Oh,” I said, “you mean like an aha moment.”

“More like an ah-yes moment. Aha is a light bulb; ah-yes is the whole wiring system. It’s not a fall-to-my-knees moment; it’s pure clarity.”


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