To the Bone

Created for Joy
A Christian View of Suffering
Sidney Callahan
Crossroad, $19.95, 256 pp.

Sidney Callahan begins her fifth book with these celebrated lines from William Blake’s “Auguries of Innocence”:

Man was made for Joy and Woe;
And when this we rightly know
Thro’ the world we safely go.

The purpose of woe—or suffering, to use a more modern word—has never been an idle question. It touches us personally; it has occupied philosophers throughout history. ...

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About the Author

David Loxterkamp is a family physician who practices in Belfast, Maine. He is the author of A Measure of My Days: The Journal of a Country Doctor (University Press of New England).

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