Revelation: A Search For Faith In A Violent Religious World

Hardcover | February 16, 2016

byDennis Covington

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Acclaimed journalist Dennis Covington examines how faith and violence shape our world.

In war zones witnessing widespread conflict, what makes life at all worth living? When chaos becomes a way of life in places where religion and violence intersect, what do people hold on to? If religious belief is, as Christopher Hitchens argues, the cause of wars and genocide, then is faith the cure?

Dennis Covington pursued answers to these questions for years, traveling deep into places like Syria, Mexico, and the American South. Looking not for rigid doctrines, creeds, or beliefs--which, he says, can be contradictory, even dangerous--he sought something bigger and more fundamental: faith. It's faith in goodness, kindness, and the humanity of the smallest moments that makes the most difficult times bearable.

The young bomb victim who offers a smile from his hospital bed, the grieving parent who shares a photograph, the joined hands of men who were previously mortal enemies, and Covington's own family turmoil. These are some of the moments that leave him touching the beating heart of what it truly is to live.

Like Covington's widely celebratedSalvation on Sand Mountain, Revelationis an intensely personal journey that goes to the edges of a world filled with violence and religious strife to find the enduring worth of living.

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Acclaimed journalist Dennis Covington examines how faith and violence shape our world.In war zones witnessing widespread conflict, what makes life at all worth living? When chaos becomes a way of life in places where religion and violence intersect, what do people hold on to? If religious belief is, as Christopher Hitchens argues, the ...

Dennis Covington is the author of two novels and three nonfiction books. His bookSalvation on Sand Mountainwas a National Book Award finalist, and his articles have been published in theNew York Times, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Lapham's Quarterly, Vogue,and many other periodicals. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and earned a BA f...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.5 × 6.25 × 1 inPublished:February 16, 2016Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:031636861X

ISBN - 13:9780316368612

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"This moving and riveting first-person account will appeal to those interested in the Syrian conflict as well as readers who enjoy faith journeys such as those by Anne Lamott and Nadia Bolz-Weber."
-Library Journal (starred review)