- Tapa blanda: 272 páginas
- Editor: Ignatius Pr (1 de marzo de 2011)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1586174517
- ISBN-13: 978-1586174514
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- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº1.065.329 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
The Appalling Strangeness of the Mercy of God: The Story of Ruth Pakaluk - Convert, Mother & Pro-Life Activist (Inglés) Tapa blanda – mar 2011
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This book is the powerful story of an amazing woman, Ruth Pakaluk, who converted to Catholicism at Harvard, married her college sweetheart and joyfully welcomed seven children. She became a renowned pro-life leader and brilliant debater, who was struck with breast cancer and died at the young age of forty-one.
Ruth's inspiring story is told primarily through her humorous, sparkling and insightful letters in which her realistic cheerfulness shines. A biographical overview by her husband fills in important details about her life, and a collection of her talks on abortion, faith and being a Catholic wife and mother conclude the volume.
Ruth Pakaluk exemplified the powerful integrity of someone who lived what she believed. She was steadfastly committed to Christ and to the culture of life, and this commitment was manifested in her consistent affirmation of life in her family, in society and even in the face of her own death. Peter Kreeft, well known Professor of Philosophy and author, described Ruth as the best, most effective and inspiring pro-life speaker he had ever heard. She was such a compelling, articulate pro-life debater that eventually Planned Parenthood spokeswomen refused to spar with her in public.
All Ruth's virtues revealed in this book - her love as a devoted wife and mother, her zeal for the truth, and her faith & hope while battling a terminal illness - offer inspiration and encouragement to anyone striving to put Christian faith into action.
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The book is divided into three parts. The first part of the book is a biography of Ruth's life (63 pages). The second part of the book (143 pages) is selected letters of Ruth to family and friends starting with her undergraduate years at Harvard right up until a few days before her death, when she writes a final letter to each of her children--the last of which she does not finish because her strength gave out. (This is followed by a short afterward written by Mike Pakaluk , "Our Life after Ruth.") The third part of the book is selected talks given by Ruth (63 pages).
The title of the book, "The Appalling Strangeness of the Mercy of God" is one of Ruth's all-time favorite lines from Literature. It comes from a book by Graham Green titled "Brighton Rock." In Ruth's own words from one of her letters (on page 197):
"The book ends with the heroine confessing that she wishes she had committed mortal sin and killed herself so as to accompany her very sinful lover into the next world to be disposed in the same way he is. The tired old priest says words to the effect: `I cannot absolve you, but come back soon. Come back tomorrow. You cannot conceive, I cannot conceive, the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God.' This has become one of my all-time favorite lines from literature. It is so true. Life is very, very strange, but too often for mere chance, it seems clear that all works out for the best."
Her early death seems to say "she was urgently needed elsewhere". She is doing more for us now in heaven than she could have done on earth.
It is also true that Ruth paved the way for Michael to consider remarrying. But that was just like her - so unselfish. He has found in Catherine another woman who deserves sainthood. A young woman taking on a distraught husband and a family of six children? Can never work? But it has and although it seemed easy I'm sure they have met with many obstacles and conquered them all. That story could be another book for the future!