Congrats to Louise
A friend of mine, Louise Marley, has won an Endeavor Award for her book The Child Goddess
. The book is well-deserving of winning the award (and many others). While The Child Goddess
raises issues of contact gone awry, what it means to be human, and the politics of corporations, the most gripping part (to me) revolves around the struggle of the central character, Isabel, to live a life of devotion and faith despite a lack of religious feeling. Isabel is a female catholic priest; her order is considered by some to be heretical, by others to be saintly. Set against this backdrop, the story follows her personal challenges with interplanetary ethics, personal relationships, and corporate manuevering, exploring her determination to hold onto her faith, and act faithfully with or without feeling. I have to say, I found Isabel's unfolding story to be one of the best examinations of what it means to have faith that I've come across in a long time.
If you're in the mood for a good read, check out The Child Goddess.