Blue Hope by Robert G. Waldron
A Novella

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"Death will come like a thief in the night. That's how my depressions arrive; they descend without warning and usually in the middle of the nipht when I’m lying alone in bed. The first sign is a rapid heartbeat...then the sweats, so profuse I must wear a towel draped around my neck. I go through several towels nightly."

So John Highet describes his latest bout with a crippling, lifelong depression. Even the verse of Ethan Seegard, his favorite poet, now fails to Qffer its usual solace. In a desperate attempt to lift his spirits, Highet’s friend Paula Young encourages him to write the definitive biography of Seegord, now a redusive monk at New Rievoulx Abbey. Reluctantly intrigued, Highet books a retreat at the abbey — emborking on a lourney that will not only challenge his well-trained intellect, but open his eyes to the world of the spirit. A haunting and soul-lifting novella, Blue Hope reawakens us to the transforming power of the written word and the restorative grace of beauty, silence, and, ultimately, love.

 

About Robert G. Waldron

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Lecturer and Retreat Director Robert Waldron has received four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as a 1997 first prize from the Catholic Press Association. He has written extensively on the spiritual life, especially the life and teaching of Thomas Merton and Henri Nouwen. He resides in Boston, Massachusetts.
 
Published March 1, 2002 by Paraclete Pr. 128 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Highet is convinced that the only thing that will pull him from the brink of suicide is to find the renowned poet Ethan Seegard and persuade Seegard to let him write his authorized biography.

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