WAITING FOR GOD by Simone Weil


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In this collection of the writings of Simone Weil there is made available to the English speaking public the basic materials forming the spiritual autobiography of his remarkable women. Born of Jewish parentage in France in 1909, she died in exile in 1943. Into this short span of life she crowded many varied experiences. She was an intellectual, but her main interest in life centered in the class struggle. She was early attracted to Marxism and then disillusioned by it. But she entered wholeheartedly into the trade-union movement, and the Spanish Civil War, was thought of as a radical with leanings towards anarchism. Not until after her death was it disclosed that all the while she had been having real religious experiences of a mystical nature, which brought her to the verge of uniting with the Catholic Church. This final step she resed to take out of the conviction that she could serve the course of truth among the materialistic unchurched masses by remaining, outwardly at least, one of them. The of her faith contained in this book are mostly in the form of letters to her catholic friend and adviser Father Perrin. Because of the intensity of a religious experience couched in non-ecclesiastical forms and for the trenchancy of her language this an unusual book which men of all faiths or no faith will appreciate. The introduction by Leslie A. Fiedler adds much to the value of the book. Check your market for of and follow through with this book.
Pub Date: June 15th, 1951
ISBN: 0061718963
Page count: 212pp
Publisher: Putnam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1951