The Space of Life Between
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By Bede Jarrett, O.P.
The inspiration for these forty-five meditations was an arresting question once posed to Bede Jarrett, O.P. “Why does no one write anything for young men?” His initial response seems as intuitive at present as they must have in 1930: “There is little use writing books for young men because they would not read the books.” To this reply, his interlocutor returns: “They do not read them because none of the books were suited to them.… They would read if they only had the right books.”
The imagination of a boy is healthy, and the mature imagination of a man is healthy; but there is a space of life between… –John Keats
The Space of Life Between is that right book. Treating the key questions and concerns of spiritual and social maturation for men, Jarrett boldly enters that middle ground: calming the ferment, forming the character, certifying the way of life, and clarifying the ambition. Offering the same solid, straightforward spiritual counsel for which Bede Jarrett is famous, The Space of Life Between is a candid, confident testament to the true meaning of mature manhood.
Bede Jarrett, O.P., (1881–1934) was an English Dominican friar and distinguished historian and author. In 1921, he founded Blackfriars Priory at the University of Oxford, and revitalized the Dominican magazine Blackfriars, now New Blackfriars. His books include Mediaeval Socialism, Returning to the Lord, and The Life of Saint Dominic.