Item description for Eyes to See, Volume Two by Bret Lott...
Overview A collection of stories includes works by such classic authors as Flannery O'Connor, Leo Tolstoy, G.K. Chesterton, and Charles Dickens to newer writers like Gina Ochsner and John Updike.
Throughout history, some of the most acclaimed novelists wrote great stories that were influenced by their Christian worldview.
Gathered together by best-selling author Bret Lott, each tale in Eyes to See, Volume Two combines an extraordinary story told in the voice of its universally acclaimed author and is a stand-alone story worth savoring. And yet for those with "eyes to see," there is a deeper level of story that connects each tale to a shared Christian worldview of life, love, and loss this side of eternity.
This volume includes:
John Updike--"Pigeon Feathers"
Charles Dickens--"The Wreck of the Golden Mary"
Leo Tolstoy--"A Lost Opportunity"
Marilynne Robinson--"Connie Bronson"
Frederick Buechner--"The Tiger"
Mary E. Wilkins--"A New England Nun"
Charles Williams--"Et in Sempiternum Pereant"
George MacDonald--"The Broken Swords"
Sarah Orne Jewett--"An October Ride"
Gina Oschner--"A Darkness Held"
G.K. Chesterton--"The Paradise of Thieves"
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 6.4" Height: 1.2" Weight: 1.19 lbs.
Release Date Sep 2, 2008
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1595542760 ISBN13 9781595542762 UPC 020049132166
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More About Bret Lott
BRET LOTT is the author of the novels A Song I Knew by Heart, Jewel (an Oprah's Book Club Selection in 1999), Reed's Beach, A Stranger's House, The Man Who Owned Vermont, and The Hunt Club; the story collections How to Get Home and A Dream of Old Leaves; and the memoir Fathers, Sons, and Brothers. He lives with his wife in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and was recently named editor of The Southern Review.
Bret Lott currently resides in Charleston, in the state of South Carolina.
Reviews - What do customers think about Eyes to See, Volume Two?
Okay, but a bit obscure Dec 12, 2009
Apparently, after his book award, Brett decided to compile a few Christian story collections. Having done one myself, I knew how challenging it could be satisfying all the eclectic religious readers. He selected some fine writers, but I found it difficult to search out the Christian moral or content in some of the stories. The prose was great, but if there was a Christian focus it seemed often to be buried somewhere inaccessible to me. I found this true in his other titles of this sort also. Maybe he likes Christian lit lite. I just found it to be too lite at times. Meanwhile, I have another volume of my own compiled. If a publisher is interested, let me know.
Excellent, thought provoking stories on faith Nov 13, 2008
This book was presented for our discussion group at church (Lutheran). All the stories, as a cohesive whole, incited the group to reflect on their steadfast beliefs regarding spirituality and morality and question the origins of their gut reactions to the stories that were presented in this collection of stories about faith. I thoroughly enjoyed that these stories originated from authors ranging from traditional, classic literature, modern literature and even international literature.
I enjoyed discovering the surprise each story held as they differed in narration and intonation from one to the next. I enjoyed the fact that I could not determine the context of the story by just the title. I found that each story challenged me to look inward and ponder on the message woven within and how that message affected and applied to my own beliefs. And it also brought to my awareness the gap that sometimes is present in my thoughts, actions and beliefs and what I reckon is the way of unconditional love, acceptance, and grace.
What impressed me the most from reading these stories, is that everyone has a faith journey and each character in these stories are not perfect, but they do the best they can and so I am encouraged to learn from what I culled from these stories and the way they affected me and keep their messages in my awareness on my own faith journey.
A real disappointment Oct 24, 2008
A disappointing collection of short stories compiled by Brett Lott. Loved reading a book he wrote so thought his story collection might be a good choice. Not so.....
Short, classic stories with deeper themes about faith, love and sacrifice Jul 15, 2008
In EYES TO SEE, Bret Lott, author of JEWEL (an Oprah Book Club pick), offers a pithy collection of 10 short stories that show God at work in the world.
A good story, Lott says in his introduction, will "delight and move and challenge and humble.... A good story can change the way we think, the way we live and love and make our way through this world." Do these stories live up to this lofty expectation? Well, likely it will depend on the reader. Good short stories tend to act on readers like good novels --- we come to them with our own life stories, our prejudices, our tastes and our experiences.
But unlike many short story collections, although EYES TO SEE is an eclectic mix, there is nothing particularly jarring or out of synch. These stories hang together well as a whole piece, much as a warm and workmanlike quilt of harmonizing colors.
Some of Lott's selections are ubiquitous to the Christian short story collection, such as Flannery O'Connor's famous "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and Henry Van Dyke's beloved "The Story of the Other Wise Many." Other stories may be less familiar to the reader, such as "The Christmas Wife" by Helen Norris. I discovered some new writings from authors I was familiar with but hadn't read extensively. An example: Although I have enjoyed G.K. Chesterton's books, I had never dipped into the Father Brown mysteries; "The Blue Cross" was a delightful introduction.
One of the bonuses of the collection (which also serves to expand the page count) is a biography page that precedes the story and introduces the reader to the writer. Geographically, there are the expected Russian masters (Tolstoy, Dostoevsky), a few southerners (O'Connor, Dubus, Norris), the Brits (Chesterton, Trollope) and the random Japanese (Endo), Pennsylvanian/New Yorker (Van Dyke) and Illinois/North Dakotan (Woiwode). The time period spans about 150 years, from the mid-1800s to the previous decade.
Lott writes that he chose these stories for their ability to "seek to speak to and of the greatest story ever told: the love of God for us, a love so deep He gave His only begotten Son that we might have life everlasting." If you are used to reading books with a direct moral lesson, be warned: you might be disappointed. These stories require you to dig a bit to find the faith themes (although some, such as "The Final Martyrs" and Van Dyke's "The Story of the Other Wiseman," are more explicit). I found this subtlety delightful --- and thought-provoking --- more than the "in your face" writing of more straightforwardly Christian fictional tales as we've known them in the past 30 years.
A good short story collection serves as a springboard for readers to find new writers they enjoy and then propel them to head off on rabbit trails, discovering more of the author's other works. One of my favorites in the collection was "The Christmas Wife" by Helen Norris, a writer I was previously unfamiliar with. Lott tells us in her bio that she has written novels, other short stories and served as Poet Laureate for Alabama, as well as had two stories made into television films. I see many happy hours of reading --- and viewing --- ahead.
Despite the size of the jacketed hardcover (320 pages), the large type and sentence spacing make this a much larger book in appearance than in actual reading length. So if you are intimidated (rather than energized) by big hardcovers, don't let the heft stop you. This is a good introduction to the short stories with subtle faith themes for Christian readers that will inspire you to search out more of the same.