Essays, novels, biographies… Find the ranking of the best-selling books from December 26 to 30 in La Procure bookstores. A selection of inspiring reads from books published in the past four months.
1A LONG ROAD TO BE UNITY IN FRENCH SINGING
Summary : by François Cheng, Albin Michel, October 2022. “At the age of fifteen, singing woke me up. I opened to poetry and entered, as if by breaking and entering, the path of creation…” From his first essay on water and thirst – the only witness to his Chinese youth that he brought to France and where he now brings us a translation – going through his encounters with Gide, Vercors, Lacan, Michaux, Emmanuel, Bonnefoy and many others, François Cheng shares with us the long road that led him to become an exile who did not able to say “hello” or “thank you” when he arrived in Paris, a French poet. This road, despite the terrible wars in China, the severe material uncertainty of the first decades in France, and cruel inward suffering, but always enlightened by the French poems he internalizes in the depths of his lonely nights. Look for it in bookstores.
2A FEW WORDS BEFORE THE ANNOUNCEMENT – READING THE GOSPEL IN A TIME OF CRISIS
Summary : by Adrien Candiard, Cerf, September 2022. We have never talked about disasters as much as we do today: climate, pandemics, wars… Should we be afraid of the end of time? But this is probably just a phase and then towards what? P. Candiard wants to examine the texts of the New Testament that speak of all this. The apocalypse is for tomorrow and we feel helpless. However, the New Testament already prompts these alarming signs… while providing keys to understand which are the real reasons for hope: the Apocalypse of John, of course, but also “little statements” that we find in the gospels. It’s just that, these texts, we rarely refer to them, it’s like we’ve never seen them. Or else they are historical or spiritualized: in other words, they are made to lose their force. However, what Jesus said about the “end of time” is good. And when he mentions “eschaton”, we must take him seriously. Not to look for letters for today, like Nostradamus, but to dig into the meaning of history that these texts convey to us. Look for it in bookstores.
Summary : by Sylvain Tesson, Gallird, October 2022. From 2018 to 2021, every March, Sylvain Tesson, together with a high mountain guide, skis the entire chain of the Alps on the peaks, from Menton to Trieste, covering 1,600 kilometers on snow. He delivers the story of this man’s adventure, where he makes surprising encounters, as well as his reflections on these completely white landscapes. Look for it in bookstores.
4my son’s secret, carlo acutis
Summary : by Antonia Salzano Acutis, Artège, October 2022. Testimony of the mother of Carlo Acutis, who died in 2006 and was beatified by the Catholic Church in 2020, tracing her son’s journey and examining the stability of his faith as well as popular enthusiasm, especially among young people, in around the boy who dedicated his life to Christ and the poorest Look for him in bookstores.
5HISTORY OF JERUSALEM
Summary : by Vincent Lemire and Christophe Gaultier, Les Arènes, October 2022. In 10 chapters, actors and witnesses, famous or anonymous, all who have surveyed Jerusalem over the centuries tell the story of this mille-feuille of combined influences. Nothing is invented: scenes and dialogues come from more than 200 published sources and unpublished archives, to interpret this choral narrative. Look for it in bookstores.
6RED LILY OF THE VALLEY
Summary : by Christian Bobin, Galliard, October 2022. “My dead father showed me two branches of the red lily of the valley. He told me that a young man there, on a mountain in the Jura, had invented this lily of the valley and planned to spread it to the world. He invited me to visit him. The man runs an inn by a lake. I’m eating an omelet there, drinking straw wine. When I talk to him about flowers, my host leads me to a flat meadow: dozens of newly sprouted red lilies are preparing to set the plain on fire. I went back to my father, ask him who this man is. He replied that it was part of his family that he had never discussed with me. Go to them, he told me, learn to know them. Christian Bobin occupies a unique place in the French literary landscape: this writer, both poet and essayist, puts his Christian faith at the heart of his work. Look for it in bookstores.
7Words of honor
Summary : by General Pierre de Villiers, Fayard, November 2022. These letters addressed to young people constitute an intellectual and moral profession of faith of this soldier, Chief of the Defense Staff from 2014 to 2017. They open the way to relearning to love France and to have again of hope. Look for it in bookstores.
8Pascal and the Christian proposition
Summary :by Pascal Manent, Grasset, October 2022. Based on Pascal’s thought, the author wonders about the question of the Christian faith in the 21st century, when religion is increasingly neglected in European life. He considers this question the highest and most urgent that a rational animal can ask. Look for it in bookstores.
Summary : by François Cassingena-Trévedy, Albin Michel, November 2022. Collection of aphorisms and meditations of this hermit monk living in Cantal, whose spirituality links erudition to the great Christian tradition, with a freedom of tone that allows him to distance himself from the Catholic institution. Look for it in bookstores.
10 INVESTIGATION OF ANGELS
Summary :by Anne Bernet, Artège, October 2022. A synthesis of all that theology teaches about angels, their place in Holy Scripture and their role in the history of salvation and the Church, from hymns and prayers to Christian art. Look for it in bookstores.