With eloquent, moving prose, Sheldon Vanauken tells about those years after the death of his beloved wife, of how he moved step-by-step through the darkness of his grief into the light of God's love. But this poignant volume is more than a sequel to the runaway best-seller, A Severe Mercy
: it is a continuing autobiography, and an engrossing chronicle of Vanauken's writings, and always, a challenge to live the spiritual life.
Under the Mercy also mirrors the times during which Vanauken redefined his life. He takes readers through the turbulent sixties, that decade of campus unrest when he--as a college professor--became directly involved in civil rights and the peace movement. Caught up in the Spirit of the Age, Vanauken drifted from the Spirit of God. But gentle "nudges" from God led him back towards the Obedience. It was a chance rereading of one page of mentor C. S. Lewis that was used as a "channel of grace." He corrected his errant course and was soon again "under the Mercy." His spiritual journey led him to eventually "cross the English channel" to Rome and become a Roman Catholic. Under the Mercy is a vivid record of a then wayward disciple's return to the Obedience--an intensely personal and moving story.
"What a great book Vanauken has written on plain Christianity! It's a fine work."Sheldon Vanauken
- Dr. Clyde Kilby
"Thomas Howard remains one of the most insightful and delightful religious writers today. He combines profundity with genuine style."
- James Hitchcock, St. Louis University
, author of the best-seller A Severe Mercy
, has been a professor of History and English at Lynchburg College, Virginia, and is also the author of Gateway to Heaven