At Play in the Lions' Den

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"If you want to follow Jesus, you had better look good on wood." -- Daniel Berrigan

Daniel Berrigan (1921-2016), a Jesuit priest and poet, was one of the pre­eminent Christian peacemakers of his time. After gaining notoriety in 1968 through his role, along with his brother Philip, in de­stroying Vietnam-era draft files as part of the Catonsville 9, he helped elevate the Christian conscience with regard to issues of war and violence. Resistance to the Vietnam War was followed by decades of protest against nuclear weapons, including his participation in the first “Plowshares” action, the symbolical disarming of nuclear warheads.

But Berrigan’s efforts on behalf of life also in­volved care for the dying and ministry to those suffering from AIDS. Jim Forest, who worked with Berrigan in building the Catholic Peace Fellowship in the 1960s, draws on his deep friendship over five decades to provide the most comprehensive and intimate picture yet available of this modern-day prophet. Extensive photographs and quotations from Berrigan’s writings complete the portrait.

Jim Forest is an internationally renowned peacemaker and spiritual writer. His many books include biographies of Dorothy Day (All is Grace) and Thomas Merton (Living with Wisdom). His most recent book is The Root of War Is Fear: Thomas Merton’s Advice to Peacemakers. He lives in Alkmaar, the Netherlands.

Book Details

Title:
At Play in the Lions' Den
Subtitle:
A Biography and Memoir of Daniel Berrigan
Author:
Jim Forest
Includes:
Index, 200+ b/w photos
Pages:
352
Binding:
Softcover
Forest's fluid and engaging prose carries the reader effortlessly along. He weaves numerous extended quotes of Berrigan and many others together with his own reflections and descriptions. The margins of virtually every page are packed with photos and epigraphs from Berrigan's writings, which greatly enhance the text.
Jim's book should be in many classrooms -- a textbook on life well lived and resistance to injustice.
The reader will be getting many works at once: a history of the Catholic radicalism of the last 50 years, a digest of many books Berrigan himself wrote, a chronology of the social history of both the Catholic Church and the Jesuit order in America, among others. Overall, the volume amounts to a compendium, including helpful photographs and excerpts of other literature.
A beautiful production ... with page after page of photographs and prints interspersed with biographical details, poems, personal anecdotes and quotations from Berrigan's books. And what a life it is!
Appropriate for high school, college, and professional libraries.
"Anyone interested in social activism and peacemaking will find inspiration in these pages. Anyone who lived through the peace movements of the 1960s and 1970s will find this book a stroll down memory lane. Anyone who is aspiring today to take on the powers and principalities of war will find insights into the struggle."
"Packed with vivid anecdotes, photographs, and quotes from Berrigan’s many books, Forest’s profile aptly illustrates why his fascinating subject chose the following epitaph for his gravestone: 'It was never dull. Alleluia!'"
"While especially recommended for community, seminary, and academic library Contemporary American Biography & Christian Studies collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of clergy, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the life and work of Daniel Berrigan.
"There can be no doubt that Jim's biography of Daniel will become the definitive portal book for those who wish to know both more about the literary, prolific and substantive life of Daniel Berrigan but also about the ethos of post WWII America."
"In this compelling portrait of Daniel Berrigan, Jim Forest has given us a wonderful gift.... I could not put this book down."
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