PARTLY LIVING by Robin Denniston


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The intended title, Living and Partly Living, already spoken for, Robin Denniston settled for half a loaf, although his book is essentially one of total acceptance. ""The whole theme of this book is that the reflection upon our everyday experience leads us to some awareness of things other than our immediate experience; to some sort of spiritual life; to some sort of contact with God and survival of death""...""Our common experiences. . . are in fact the stuff of spiritual life and once we have acceded to this fact, our lives can never be quite the same again."" The author scans the private and public face of man (""privately and publicly, the main characteristic of our age is that a lot of people have a lot of money""), searches the experience of religion and death--the need for an evolving concept of God and mortality. He upholds the cliche become truth, of virtue as its own reward. His is a calm, quiet voice tinged with Jungian and Christian mysticism, leveled against the spiritual vacuum of a civilization obsessed with sex and materialism. A few may listen.

Pub Date: Sept. 20th, 1967
Publisher: Stein & Day