Renowned Catholic theologian Regis Martin narrates the crisis of faith he faced when his mother and brother died. Against this backdrop he explores the questions at the heart of all human longing: What does it mean to really be lost?, What if God doesn’t want us after all?, What does Christ’s cry from the cross say about human suffering?, and Why is it never hopeless to hope?
Martin examines the questions that tug at our hearts, how they have presented themselves in his life, and what they teach us about God. Drawing on insights from the work of Christian writers such as C S Lewis, Gerard Manley Hopkins, G K Chesterton, and St Thérèse of Lisieux, Martin leads readers to that “still point” – a term borrowed from T S Eliot’s Four Quartets – where all polarities converge. Martin eloquently shows that it is at the still point that one encounters the mingling of past and future, grit and grace, man and God.
Regis Martin is a Professor of Theology at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, where he has taught for more than 20 years. He is the author of a half-dozen books and specialises in courses on the Trinity, Christology, Church, grace, sacraments, the writings of Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Catholic Literary Revival.
“With the eloquence and poignancy of a poet, Regis Martin gets to the heart of life’s most urgent questions, forging a link between our ‘desperate desires’ and our ‘homesickness for God’ in this profound and beautiful book”. Rev. Peter John Cameron, OP, Editor-in-Chief, Magnificat