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The Operation of Grace


By Gregory Wolfe

“Each of these essays is an invocation—an act of summoning, a preparation for transfigurations yet to come.”
—Annie Dillard, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

The Operation of Grace collects a decade’s worth of essays by Gregory Wolfe taken from the pages of Image, the literary journal he founded more than a quarter century ago. His writings cover a wide range of topics, focusing on the intersection of art, faith, and mystery. Wolfe helps us see how art deepens faith through the empathetic reach of the imagination and faith anchors art in a vision beyond the artist’s ego. Several essays dwell on how aesthetic values like ambiguity, tragedy, and beauty enlarge our understanding of the spiritual life. The Operation of Grace demonstrates once again why novelist Ron Hansen has spoken of Wolfe as “one of the most incisive and persuasive voices of our generation.”





“These occasional pieces in fact add up to a marvelous whole—an erudite, provocative, whole, at time winsome and at times bracing. They are, in short, a gift.”
—Lauren Winner, author of Girl Meets God

“Greg Wolfe has done something remarkable for both the Christian community and the fractured, fractious culture we inhabit in the North Atlantic world. These essays amply show how a theologically informed perspective can generate a serious, adult, joyful inhabiting of creation.”
—Rowan Williams, former archbishop of Canterbury

“It’s tempting to read Greg Wolfe as a voice speaking to us from an earlier age, when faith and culture were not antagonists, but two sides to the same coin. This would be a mistake: the humane, intelligent essays in The Operation of Grace exist to remind us that that time isn’t past at all.”
—Christopher Beha, author of What Happened to Sophie Wilder

“This new collection of essays—wise, acute, and compelling—is a bold and necessary dispatch from an essential writer.”
—Robert Clark, author of Mr. White’s Confession

“Gregory Wolfe is to the burgeoning art and faith movement what Camille Pissarro was to the Impressionist movement—a central pillar, a wise teacher, an irreplaceable presence.”
—Makoto Fujimura, artist, director, Brehm Center

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Weight 0.8 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 0.5 in

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