I remember the first time I read “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” It was the summer after my second year at college. I had bought a book of Flannery O’Connor short stories, and I just loved her stuff. It reminded me of the America that I knew—broken pavement, fast food, abandoned stores that smelled like oil. And people—strange, strange people. I remember asking myself, “Am I anything like these crazy people?” And I had to say—yes.
We’ll be reading some Flannery O’Connor short stories this summer for our BBQ Book Club, beginning Thursday, July 7th. But we’ll also be reading some of Annie Dillard’s work, which is also incredibly powerful and thoughtful. She once compared Christ to a Solutrean blade—an ancient stone knife so well-crafted, it’s edge is translucent. Imagine translucent stone, and you begin to thinking about the incarnation.
I’m really looking forward to this summer. I’ll provide pdfs and copies for each week’s readings, if you don’t want to buy the books. But if you want to join us, just pick up any edition of Flannery O’Connor’s short stories, and the new book by Annie Dillard, The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New. We’ll be reading some selections from that.
And speaking of a good man being hard to find: we hear this week about King David, supposedly a good man, murdering and committing adultery. If the Bible were a TV show, it would have to be shown on HBO. But luckily for us, we get to hear it for free every Sunday. Come and join us!