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  • Title: Dorothy Day: A Radical Devotion
  • Author: Robert Coles
  • ISBN: 9780201079746
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Paperback
  • Robert Coles first met Dorothy Day over thirty five years ago when, as a medical student, he worked in one of her Catholic Worker soup kitchens He remained close to this inspiring and controversial woman until her death in 1980 His book, an intellectual and psychological portrait, confronts candidly the central puzzles of her life the sophisticated Greenwich Village novRobert Coles first met Dorothy Day over thirty five years ago when, as a medical student, he worked in one of her Catholic Worker soup kitchens He remained close to this inspiring and controversial woman until her death in 1980 His book, an intellectual and psychological portrait, confronts candidly the central puzzles of her life the sophisticated Greenwich Village novelist and reporter who converted to Catholicism the single mother who raised her child in a most unorthodox family her struggles with sexuality, loneliness, and pride her devout religious conservatism coupled with radical politics This intense portrait is based on many years of conversation and correspondence, as well as tape recorded interviews.
    Dorothy Day A Radical Devotion Robert Coles first met Dorothy Day over thirty five years ago when as a medical student he worked in one of her Catholic Worker soup kitchens He remained close to this inspiring and controversial wo

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    1. This book, this woman changed my life At the time I read it, I was myself an agnostic and former fundamental protestant and a single mama I was so powerfully moved by her conversion experience and authentic life of voluntary poverty I especially related to her opposition to institutions, and her struggles with Church hierarchy She didn t want to be called a saint, she said that anyone could do what she did I have since converted to Catholicism, focusing on the actions of Jesus Red Letter Christi [...]

    2. Dorothy Day was a radical Catholic who devoted her life to the homeless and disenfranchised As a previous reviewer stated, she was the real deal She co founded The Catholic Worker movement and published its newsletter while opening soup kitchens throughout New York Robert Cole knew her well and brings her humanity controversy and all to these pages.

    3. A vivid portrait of Dorothy Day While I don t think the author fully appreciates Day s Catholic faith, this synthesis of his many long interviews with her left me with the impression of having sat down to tea with the woman herself A short and simple read, I recommend Dorothy Day A Radical Devotion to anyone who wishes to encounter this humble and saintly woman.

    4. This is a book about a woman whom I have admired for a long time It was written by a man who spent many years talking to Dorothy Day and reading her books Her autobiography The Long Loneliness is referred to often as are a number of her other books Dorothy Day died in 1980 She converted to Catholicism at the age of 30 after a long search and a rather tumultuous life Although this book was written by a man the audible people did a good job in picking a woman to read the book and manage some vocal [...]

    5. Dorothy Day is the real deal One of the most inspiring and under appreciated humans of the 20th century Founded the Catholic Workers Movement during the Depression after converting to catholicism in her 20s and went on to be one of the greatest social activists in American history Seriously amazing stuff On her way to sainthood The bio itself is phenomenal Written by a psychiatrist, it very much comes from a psychoanalytical prospective with greater emphasis on analyzing Day then on her history [...]

    6. Dorothy Day A Radical Devotion by Robert Coles is one of the Radcliffe College Biography Series depicting the lives of extraordinary women and Dorothy Day certainly belongs to this league of extraordinary women They give us a glimpse of ourselves and are a reflection of the human spirit The biographies have included Hellen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy, Margaret Fuller, Gertrude Stein, Mary Cassatt and Simone Weil Dorothy Day was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1897 As she grew into a teenager she start [...]

    7. where life is brief, lower east side kitchen, talk to one of us engaging, UI socialism from TN abortion drifter, NYC Guadalupe parish, Catholic Worker paper family vs faceless govt program, have Lord in life, curiosity and idealism of young, Long Loneliness autobiography, worst sin pride, God is love and forgiveness, loose moral standards of radicals in 20 s, grow up and stop being so selfish, a woman does not feel whole w o a man, an alienist a psychologist per NYC, plenty of charity too little [...]

    8. Ostensibly Cole is a psychiatrist this is troubling, as he seems to have zero understanding of the Catholic religion to which Day dedicated her life which was the greatest influence on her He makes no apparent attempt to understand it, either, preferring the obtuse critical view of an outsider He rambles, name drops, projects his issues onto Day, chokes the book with notes digression.To anyone interested in Day truly Dorothy Day her whole life, whole self I d suggest reading some of her own work [...]

    9. As a current student at a Lasallian college, I often heard Dorothy Day s name intertwined with service acts I didn t know very much about her until picking up this book and, for some reason, didn t feel comfortable delving straight into Day s own writing without reading some sort of biography first Coles does a great job of introducing Day to those unfamiliar with her like myself , but those who already know her may find it repetitive This biography truly shines when Coles inserts quotes from hi [...]

    10. I found this book to be both an easier read and a focused introduction to Dorothy s life than her autobiography The Long Loneliness There are significant, long quotes from Dorothy and excellent contextual framing from Coles Reading both of these books gives an excellent feel for Dorothy s life both from her perspective and that of a third party who was obviously inspired by her.

    11. radical but down to earth, humble but with a steely determination, short fused but full of compassionrothy day was an instruction manual, folks, on how to walk a moral minefield, finding divine direction DESPITE church and state.a fascinating, amazing woman who lived good, didn t just think it armchair philosopher she d spit in your eye.

    12. I knew very little about Dorothy Day, other than her work with the Catholic Worker Movement Having read this biography, I am eager to read her writings and books on her life and work and books that influenced her Her story speaks to me on many levels and any superficial admiration I had for her has deepened A true 20th century Doctor of the Church.

    13. Though grossly neglected in conservative evangelical circles, Dorothy Day lived the way of the cross with spit and attitude for much of the twentieth century Her own writings have never been quite effective for me, but her life is her real story, and this biography by Coles does some of the best, if not the best, work in capturing her amazing life Dorothy understood what Jesus asked and did it.

    14. After the election of Trump, I felt the need to read about someone that I found inspiring and Dorothy Day fits the bill Reading Coles s recollections of her helped me understand her as a human and to admire her fortitude Beautifully told and well rounded.

    15. Wouldn t it be remarkable if all Christians were as good at integrating the teachings of Jesus into their everyday lives as Dorothy Day was If that were the case, there would be no Republicans left to vote down food stamps programs.

    16. I had never heard of Dorothy Day before I read this book gasp I think if each of us attempted to emulate her, even in small ways, we could vastly improve the world.

    17. Incredible collection of discussions between the author and Dorothy Day Had never heard of her before but am thoroughly taken with her after finishing this little gem.

    18. I only made it to page 111 Later in my life, I understood her struggle to slowly develop faith through action rather than the other way around.

    19. I pretty much love anything Robert Coles writes That he met Dorothy Day when he was a young man and so approached this book with his own personal recollections of her makes it ever better.

    20. A great biography of a tremendous woman Not your standard biography instead of a linear as count of her life, it rather is organized thematically around her ideas.

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