What I Believe
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By François Mauriac
What I Believe conducts a spiritual survey that is at once both deeply personal and inescapably universal. Perhaps more so than any of Mauriac's other works, What I Believe offers common ground for Christians and nonbelievers alike, as his revelation of belief and doubt stands as an invitation to approach the Christian mystery with an open mind. Of particular interest, from a literary standpoint, is the chapter on “Purity,” which sheds light on much of Mauriac’s acclaimed and complicated fiction.
To quote from the Translator’s Introduction, the volume “does honor first to Mauriac himself, in the vibrant insistency with which he speaks, and it does honor also to those for whom the book was written.”
What I believe is not necessarily what brings me consolation. What I believe, and what I know, arise from an incomprehensible mystery. We share in the same Christ, in the same breaking of Living Bread. –François Mauriac
François Mauriac (1885–1970) was a French, Roman Catholic novelist, poet, critic, and journalist. Critically acclaimed and respected, Mauriac received the Grand Prix du roman de l’Académie française for his novel The Desert of Love; was awarded the Grand Cross of the Légion d’honneur; and named laureate of the 1952 Nobel Prize in Literature.