Far From The Tree

This was in my inbox today. It was about Andrew Solomon, one of my favourite authors and his new book "Far From The Tree" which definitely looks one worth exploring. It is a mighty tome that took him ten years to write and at 940 pages long looks a good investment, although it is not yet available in the UK.)

How do you find meaning in difficulty? This video trailer for the book, "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity," by Andrew Solomon, shows some poignant vignettes of 300 interviews with parents and children who were born "different." 
Solomon learns that although individual differences can be isolating, the fact of difference is universal. His other great discovery is joy - most of the families ended up being grateful for experiences they would have done anything to avoid. { read more }

 * FAR FROM THE TREE - book trailer * from Nick Davis on Vimeo.

Given that this coming Sundays Scripture readings include this wonderful extract from the Second Reading of St Paul to The Corinthians, Solomon's book  may also provides some extra rich food for reflection on some of the controversial issues of identity and diversity which divide Chistians.

"Brothers and sisters:
As a body is one though it has many parts,
and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body,
so also Christ.
For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body,
whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons,
and we were all given to drink of one Spirit."

I have followed a few extra links on Solomon's work and and added them below for ease of access. 

Click here for a link that takes you to a page where there are several extracts from the book and this video below is an extra one based on Andrew Solomon's findings based on the theme of belief...


Click here for more information on the author Andrew Solomon.

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