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
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."
Jim Forest has written a terrific book about Dan Berrigan. The many photographs throughout are wonderful. Highly recommended.
Resurrection!! My uncle’s vim and vision and vitality crackle out of the pages of Jim Forest's book. Dan Berrigan, Presente!
‘If you want to follow Jesus, you better look good on wood!’ Daniel Berrigan coined that phrase. In this extraordinary biography and memoir, Jim Forest, who knew Berrigan intimately, shows us that Daniel Berrigan looked every bit the good prophet on wood. This is a first-rate story that needs to be read. Highly recommended.
It is hard to deny that God prepares and then uses certain people for very special tasks. You will see that is eminently the case with Daniel Berrigan... Read, and enter into a much larger world.
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