When Amy Andrews and Jessica Mesman Griffith met in a creative writing class in graduate school, they both confessed to writing about God They bonded one night while reading the Book of Ruth and came to truly understand the unlikely friendship of Ruth and Naomi In these two Old Testament women, they witnessed a beautiful spiritual friendship and a way of walking with oneWhen Amy Andrews and Jessica Mesman Griffith met in a creative writing class in graduate school, they both confessed to writing about God They bonded one night while reading the Book of Ruth and came to truly understand the unlikely friendship of Ruth and Naomi In these two Old Testament women, they witnessed a beautiful spiritual friendship and a way of walking with one another toward God.But how could they travel this path together when they would be separated by distance and time and leading busy lives as they established marriages and careers They decided to write letters to each other at first, for each day of Lent, but those days extended into years Their letters became a memoir in real time and reveal deeply personal and profound accounts of conversion, motherhood, and crushing tragedy through it all, their faith and friendship sustained them.Told through the timeless medium of letters in prose that is raw and intimate, humorous and poetic Love Salt is at its core the emotional struggle of how one spiritual friendship is formed and tested in tragedy, tempered and proven in hope.
Love and Salt A Spiritual Friendship Shared in Letters When Amy Andrews and Jessica Mesman Griffith met in a creative writing class in graduate school they both confessed to writing about God They bonded one night while reading the Book of Ruth and came
Reading this book was a total fluke for me I picked it up off the shelf at the library because of the cover A life long Catholic, I generally don t read Christian literature I don t dislike it, I am just of a fiction lover and never have gotten into reading spiritual type books I was surprised at how I was hooked I really did like this book The authors met a a writing class and decided to write letters during Lent one year a letter a day, roughly One author, like me, was a Catholic from birth, [...]
Love love loved this book The honesty, truth seeking and loyal friendship touched me deeply.
Beautiful prose in the form of letters between these two friends I was drawn to it by the similarities between their book, and my Mary Me A Lasting Link Through Ink, co written with Mary Jedlicka Humston, despite the fact that our book doesn t include any of the 8000 letters written between us A good thing, too, as our letters were nothing like the beautiful prose between these two And although we tackle the topic of faith in our book, we didn t in our letters I m impressed with the author s cho [...]
I loved this memoir in letters It may sound like an exaggeration, but I really feel changed by the experience of having read this book The narrative created through the exchange of letters is intense and intensely personal and the reader can t help but feel drawn into this close conversation between Amy and Jessica There s a wonderful balance between the two women s voices a balance between the rational and the emotional, the earth bound and the divine and a full exploration of the self as indiv [...]
I started this book Lent of 2014 and finished it Lent of 2015 Basically, I had a difficult time getting into it, and put it on hold for a year Sometimes books don t speak to us at certain points in our lives, yet, we make our way back to them, and finally the messages resonate This was, at the heart of it, a beautiful Catholic friendship story There were so many times that I found myself grateful for their words of encouragement to each other as Catholic women on the things we all hold so dear i [...]
I think I d have liked this book if I d read it 40 years ago I think we have different phases in our lives and I m glad to have survived all that angst.
Alone, it is easy for me to believe in emptiness, in nothing But in the presence they physical, surprising presence of loved ones, fellow mourners I can believe in the Resurrection, in that great declaration that love is powerful than death
Read this book slowly over the course of a few months As a letter writer, I was immediately taken into this Spiritual Friendship Shared in Lettersautiful
I loved the honesty, doubt, friendship and faithfulness presented in this collection of letters It took me a while to get through it because it is not a light or quick, read, but it so worth it.
Lovely and relatable One small quibble I wish they would have written about birth In a book of letters about friendship, death, suffering, marriage, pregnancy, motherhood, conversion, doubt, spiritual reading, etc I kept wishing for one of their birth stories Still, I loved reading these letters So very real.
Spiritual friendship is all the rage these days As conversations about marriage and sexuality remain plagued with vitriol and divisiveness, Catholics are rediscovering a treasure of their spiritual heritage Friendship, and by extension vulnerability and hospitality, lie at the heart of the Christian faith To be welcomed, to be known and seen, fully received by another, is this not the promise of our Lord In Love Salt, Amy and Jessica compile a collection of letters extending the course of severa [...]
Love and Salt A Spiritual Friendship in Letters, is something completely surprised me I was torn picking this one up, I love reading books based on letters or journals however, the authors faith was not something I related to I feared that I would end up spending time rolling my eyes than enjoying it.Boy, was I ever wrong.I have become slightly obsessed with this book It was just so, so well written It s honest, very honest and at times raw You can tell as you read that the authors are close an [...]
I cried my way through the last half of this book on finishing it, there are so many passages I want to return to, so many ideas I want to think through some I m particularly enad with the idea of surrendering to hope It seems like the right word,surrender Because hope feels like a threat sometimes, doesn t it Just when you think that you ve got the world figured out and that you ve closed the door on any future goodness wrongly thinking that a strong lock will also keep out disappointment and [...]
This true story is about two women who met during a class in grad school and, though living in separate states, grew a deep and wonderful spiritual friendship through letter writing They started by committing to writing a letter a day through Lent, but though Lent came and went, the letters continued 9 yrs from the very first letter they are close and dear friends, sharing life s ups and downs, joys and sorrows, while walking toward God together The dialogue between these two women and the emoti [...]
This is the true story of Jess and Amy, two friends who write letters back and forth over a period of several years Their letters tell the story of their struggle with faith, motherhood, grief, and navigating the daily pressures of life Since both women are devout Catholics, many of the letters tackle their growth in Catholicism The depth of their relationship is truly beautiful and they are both deep thinkers I found myself flagging pages and snapping pics of certain paragraphs with my phone so [...]
This book is a masterpiece It s a compilation of real letters sent between Jess Amy, two women who, upon meeting, decided to write to each other everyday through the season of Lent It turned into writing to each other ever after, and the ways you see their spiritual life unfold is nothing short of extraordinary Not only are they gifted with the art of writing itself, they let us into some of the deepest, most difficult, tragic, and beautiful places of their live with an honesty that is baffling [...]
It took me a long time to read this Like life, I found I enjoyed it most when I moved forward a little bit each day But over time I found myself underlining in agreement with so many of their observations, and empathizing with their journey of faith I was especially touched by the letters that spanned their pregnancies So much of the conversation that new and expectant parents have is focused on earthly matters like nursery furniture and baby showers, that it was compelling to follow their faith [...]
This was a true WOW book for me I love reading letters anyway, and the way these letters were compiled and written gave it a feel almost of eavesdropping on intimate conversations and faith journeys Calling it that, though, makes it seem less monumental than it seemed while I was reading it It s an honest, candid, and heart wrenching examination of life and faith and life some I don t recommend it lightly, but I do highly, highly recommend it.
Amy and Jessica s story of faith and friendship defies words, and I feel privileged to have read it Their heartache and longing for God is lyrical, haunting, and intimate While their story is uniquely theirs, I felt a deep connection to their journey of grief and their questions of faith Such a rich and authentic book I will be reflecting on it for a long time to come.
These women captured in their letters precisely what faith in the face of grief is No cliches ever do justice to it Only this searing and sincere uncertainty Can you have faith without doubt I could not have read this fresh from my own sorrows But now, I love it, in light not only of grief and faith, but also the beautiful tale of friendship.
This book is so beautiful and heartbreaking I loved it, though I cried a lot and often had to put it down for days or weeks at a time I would be cautious recommending it, however, because of its sensitive subject matter.
I enjoyed reading the letter format While I found a lot of interesting perspectives to consider, overall it was a little dark and dragging for me If it were about a third shorter, I think I would have enjoyed it .
Just couldn t get into this one and only read about half The mix of old religious texts and observations on mundane aspects of life left me wanting
My Mom just sent this to me Thank you, Mom.