The Virgin of Prince Street: Expeditions Into Devotion


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University of Nebraska Press
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5.5 X 0.5 X 8.4 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author

Sonja Livingston is an associate professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her essays are widely anthologized and taught in classrooms around the country. She is the award-winning author of Ghostbread, Ladies Night at the Dreamland, and Queen of the Fall (Nebraska, 2015).


"In these lyrical sojourns Sonja Livingston contemplates the riches of the Catholic tradition along with its ongoing tribulations. In doing so the essayist discovers that devotion in imperfect circumstances is, in fact, the only devotion ever possible and has the extraordinary capacity to transform the human heart. Livingston's essays illuminate while infusing nuance and generosity into an increasingly polarized religious landscape."--Richard Rohr, author of Falling Upward
-- (02/23/2019)
"A captivating account. . . . Sonja Livingston's spiritual detective story is rendered in vivid, sensual prose, filled with insight and gentle wisdom. In the end, Livingston has written a prayer--not the dull, recited kind, but a real prayer, a deeply personal song of hope."--Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic and Desire?-- (02/23/2019)
"Sonja Livingston's honest account of a halting return to the Catholic Church, and to its rich traditions of ritual and symbol, will speak to spiritual seekers of all stripes. Her reverence for every image, every phrase, and every idea in this book makes The Virgin of Prince Street its own act of devotion."--Valerie Sayers, author of The Powers and Brain Fever
-- (02/23/2019)
"Livingston's essays are light-hearted, witty, told in a comforting, sisterly voice, someone you can trust, someone who speaks her mind, someone who explores those things lost and found."--Debbie Hagan, Brevity--Debbie Hagan"Brevity" (11/06/2019)
"Livingston is to be lauded for documenting an honest journey back home."--Nick Ripatrazone, Plough--Nick Ripatrazone "Plough "
"If you think a woman's quest to find a statue from the church of her childhood wouldn't be that engaging a mystery, you'd be wrong. In The Virgin of Prince Street: Expeditions into Devotion, Sonja Livingston refuses simple devotion as a motive and keeps digging for the source of religious impulse."--Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew, Bookends Review-- (01/01/2020)
"Liv-ing-ston's invitation to her expeditions is pitch perfect. She is skilled at laughing at herself, gently poking fun at the tradition that she's returning to with new eyes, and drawing us toward the mystery that ultimately cannot be spoken."--Amy Frykholm, Christian Century-- (12/20/2019)
"As Livingston moves through the pews of her memory and her present, the authenticity of her pursuits captivates."--James M. Chesbro, America Magazine-- (01/03/2020)