Review of The Spiritual Way of St. Jeanne d'Arc, by George H. Tavard
Rebecca R. Kennison
- Review of The Spiritual Way of St. Jeanne d'Arc, by George H. Tavard
- Kennison, Rebecca R.
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- In the conclusion to this book, one of many to have appeared in recent years on Joan of Arc (or, as this title and text would have it, Jeanne d’Arc), George H. Tavard presents his purpose in writing: Jeanne’s “way of holiness,” he says, “was general, not specific, public, not private, Catholic, not sectarian. . . . As such it remains available to all believers in all ages of the Church”. As a devotional tract or as a series of sermons with spiritual lessons for the reader to be drawn from the life of Jeanne sprinkled throughout the text, it’s not so bad. Unfortunately, in the Foreword, Tavard claims that his “precise” intent in writing the book is “to analyze the structure and depth of [Jeanne’s] inner life”, but as a work of analysis, much less of balanced scholarship, this book gravely misses the mark.
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