Wounded by grace, healed by love

I recently read The Book of Sorrows by Walter Wangerin, Jr., sequel to The Book of the Dun Cow. The work is appropriately titled, and the final section is unrelenting! The curses of the Fall–evil without and evil within–are painfully portrayed. The reader experiences sorrow for the main character, sorrow for those trampled by his self-justifying pursuits, and sorrowful joy in the midst of undeserved mercy received.

This series illustrates well how non-allegorical fiction functions, that Lord Chauntecleer the Rooster can serve as a Christ-figure in the first novel and also represent a person in need of mercy in the second. The protagonist is representative of the surrounding characters, and The Book of Sorrows teaches us that we need to be wounded by grace, and healed by love.

About Evan May

Evan May is a student at Reformed Theological Seminary and a pastor at Lakeview Christian Center in New Orleans.
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1 Response to Wounded by grace, healed by love

  1. Patrick Chan says:

    Thanks, Evan! I’ll have to read this one (and his first one) someday. 🙂

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