David Adams Richards is one of my favourite authors. Though his occasionally quirky sentence structure can be frustrating, bear with him. What he's saying is well worth the effort to grasp. Also, to truly appreciate his novels, it helps to read this book, and vice versa. I've read "God Is." 3 times and each time I get something new out of it.
I had to stop reading this book. I tried to finish it, but I just couldn’t. For one thing, there was a major lack of commas. Commas need to be used sometimes, and when they are left out it makes for a very difficult read. I also found this book to be very condescending. If I were an atheist I would have been incredibly offended reading this book. Even as a person who believes in God, I was offended. It seemed to me like Richards was not so much describing his “search for faith in a secular world”, but more trying to convince the reader that God exists. His reasons were not very convincing. I was more frustrated and irritated than anything while reading this book.
God Is. is not an autobiography, although it does include some personal annecdotes. It is a discussion of what faith is and how it plays out in the world according to Richards. It might appeal to those who are well read and familiar with the literary greats ie Blake, James and the Russian greats. The book comes across as a philosophical discussion. It is not an easy read and I got lost in some of the sentences as well as the topics. Nevertheless I finished the book in two days and will probably reread it at some point once I have read more of Richards novels.
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