Holy the Firm just struck me as something I wanted to read. I read Pilgrim at Tinker Creek ages and ages ago and loved it. This is a bit different, it’s Dillard on Lummi Island seeking 1. God in the now and finding that God IS the day; 2. understanding God and pain along with life and forgetting; and 3. Julie Norwich, a burned girl and how we are all victims.
Holy the Firm
by Annie Dillard
1977 / 76 pages
rating: 10 / nonfiction – spiritual
After writing Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Dillard left suburban Virginia to spend three days in a cabin on a remote island in Puget Sound – the edge of the world and the beginning of darkness, to seek God. She found him – and a cat and a spider and pain.
These are three essays which she wrote over the two years following that trip.
Dillard writes like an angel studying up on hell. I’m not sure what I expected – this wasn’t it. Nevertheless it’s an incredible meditation on what it means to search for God and a plane crashes –