In this award-winning memoir Stanley Hauerwas gives a frank, transparent account of his own life interwoven with the development of his thought. Unique to this paperback edition is a new afterword that offers Hauerwas's reflections on responses to Hannah's Child
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"A rural Texas boy grows up to become Time magazine's 'best theologian in America' -- that's the unlikely story behind Hauerwas's arguably destined journey to academic fame. . . . Fans of Christian memoirs will be pleased with Hauerwas's frank yet poignant style, and those who are simply fans of the memoir genre will find the book's careful blend of faith and scholarship easily accessible and far from didactic."
"A book of profound compassion, depth, and wisdom from one of the greatest Christian minds of our time."
"Hannah's Child might well be Stanley Hauerwas's best book. It is must reading for everyone who knows him, either firsthand or through his other writings."
"A fantastic read that shifts from outright hilarity to profundity seamlessly. Here is a pageturning account of one of the most important theologians of the last fifty years — I simply couldn't put it down."
"Entrancing. . . . This autobiography follows triumphantly in the Augustinian tradition of Confessions."
The Living Church
"Offers readers an intensely personal and humble account of the making of a theologian and a Christian from a man who has done well precisely because he knows his own limitations. . . . An important book for anyone who wants to learn what it takes to speak the truth."
"An unusually intimate and audacious glimpse into one of the most important theologians of our times."
Anglican Theological Review
"This is a book which will find wide acceptance. It will be encouraging not only to professional theologians but to students and those interested in America's intellectual history. . . . In this memoir we have not only a personal story of great poignancy, but an inspired reading of the late twentieth century and the beginning of the next."
"One theologian's memoir that is clearly worth reading. . . . The power of Hauerwas's thought reside in his person rather than in his essays. So by writing a memoir that traces the contours of both his life and his thought, he has given us not only something new, but something more than he has given us before. And for that, we are in his debt."