A Sorrowful Joy

A Sorrowful Joy In A Sorrowful Joy Albert Raboteau tells the remarkable story of his own spiritual journey a journey marked by sorrow and joy by conversion and reconciliation He tells of the murder of his father be

  • Title: A Sorrowful Joy
  • Author: Albert J. Raboteau
  • ISBN: 9780809140930
  • Page: 343
  • Format: Paperback
  • In A Sorrowful Joy, Albert Raboteau tells the remarkable story of his own spiritual journey a journey marked by sorrow and joy, by conversion and reconciliation He tells of the murder of his father before he was born, being raised in a devout Roman Catholic African American family, his education, marriage and career crises, and rebuilding his life following a conversionIn A Sorrowful Joy, Albert Raboteau tells the remarkable story of his own spiritual journey a journey marked by sorrow and joy, by conversion and reconciliation He tells of the murder of his father before he was born, being raised in a devout Roman Catholic African American family, his education, marriage and career crises, and rebuilding his life following a conversion to Orthodox Christianity Now a professor at Princeton, Raboteau has written a particularly American spiritual autobiography with extraordinary power, lyricism and insight that will not fail to touch anyone who picks it up This book will appeal especially to African American readers, members of the Orthodox faith, spiritual seekers, and lovers of biography and personal stories.

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    1. i read this after hearing dr. raboteau guest lecture at st. vladimir's contextual theology class, and being treated to some of these anecdotes in person. his wisdom is a gift to orthodoxy, to his students, and i'm sure to all who have read this little gem about his life. i'd also recommend his lecture from the faith angle forum, which he wrote partly in response to the charleston shootings. eppc/publications/dr-albe

    2. "I missed the rootedness and the community that I felt when we visited down home . . . . there always seemed to be time enough for people to talk with one another [there]. There was no rush with my relatives, as there was with the people up North. They attended naturally to the daily tasks of community. Graciousness, gentleness, generosity, care, kindness, and politeness characterized my people. There was an ease about them which put others at ease, like a warm embrace. Being known because my gr [...]

    3. This is a small, fifty-page memoir--a unique offering in the small world of finding Orthodoxy stories. With themes of healing, grace and mercy, Raboteau allows us a generous peak into his world A professor of relision at Princeton, he refound his Christian faith, starting with a Russian icon of Mary, "whose eyes seemed to hold all the hurt in the world."

    4. The spiritual autobiography of an African-American professor, detailing his life from his birth after his father was murdered, through his baptism into Catholicism, his spiritual falling away, and then his chrismation into Orthodoxy. Beautifully written and very touching.

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