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By Flannery O'Connor

"I want to write a stunning prayer," writes the younger Flannery O'Connor during this deeply non secular magazine, lately chanced on between her papers in Georgia. "There is a complete brilliant global round me that I may be capable of flip on your praise." Written among 1946 and 1947 whereas O'Connor used to be a pupil faraway from domestic on the collage of Iowa, A Prayer magazine is an extraordinary portal into the inner lifetime of the good author. not just does it map O'Connor's singular dating with the divine, however it exhibits how entwined her literary hope was once along with her craving for God. "I needs to write down that i'm to be an artist. now not within the feel of aesthetic frippery yet within the feel of aesthetic craftsmanship; in a different way i'll suppose my loneliness constantly . . . i don't are looking to be lonely all my existence yet humans purely make us lonelier via reminding us of God. expensive God please support me to be an artist, please allow it bring about You."

O'Connor couldn't be extra simple approximately her literary ambition: "Please aid me expensive God to be a very good author and to get anything else accepted," she writes. but she struggles with any hint of self-regard: "Don't permit me ever imagine, pricey God, that i used to be something however the tool in your story."

As W. A. classes, who knew O'Connor, writes in his advent, it was once no twist of fate that she begun writing the tales that may develop into her first novel, Wise Blood, throughout the years whilst she wrote those singularly creative Christian meditations. together with a facsimile of the whole magazine in O'Connor's personal hand, A Prayer Journal is the list of a super younger woman's coming-of-age, a cry from the center for romance, grace, and art.

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Spiritual journals. 3. O’Connor, Flannery—Religion. I. , editor of compilation. II. Title.

O’Connor’s punctuation is followed as faithfully as legibility would allow, with certain bracketed exceptions. Those interested in examining the original text may find it at the back of this volume, in O’Connor’s own hand. A PRAYER JOURNAL [UNDATED ENTRIES] […]1 effort at artistry in this rather than thinking of You and feeling inspired with the love I wish I had. Dear God, I cannot love Thee the way I want to. You are the slim crescent of a moon that I see and my self is the earth’s shadow that keeps me from seeing all the moon.

If I ever do get to be a fine writer, it will not be because I am a fine writer but because God has given me credit for a few of the things He kindly wrote for me. Right at present this does not seem to be His policy. I can’t write a thing. But I’ll continue to try—that is the point. And at every dry point, I will be reminded Who is doing the work when it is done & Who is not doing it at that moment. Right now I wonder if God will ever do any more writing for me. He has promised His grace; I am not so sure about the other.

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