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Faith, Interrupted is a profoundly personal, deeply felt exploration of the mystery of faith—having it, losing it, hoping for its return.
The son of an Episcopal priest, Eric Lax develops in his youth a deep religious attachment and an acute moral compass—one that he is willing to go to prison for when it leads him to resist military service in Vietnam. His faith abides until, in his mid-thirties, he begins to question the unquestionable: the role of God in his life. In response, Lax engages with the father who inspired him and with his best friend, a Vietnam War hero turned priest. Their ongoing and illuminating dialogues, full of wisdom and insight, reveal much about three men who approach God, duty, and war in vastly different ways. Lax provides an unusual and refreshing perspective, examining religious conviction sympathetically from both sides as one who has lost his faith but still respects it.

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        Eric Lax is the author of Conversations with Woody Allen; Life and Death on 10 West (A New York Times Notable Book of the Year); The Mold in Dr. Florey's Coat (A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2004); and co-author, with A. M. Sperber, of Bogart (nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography). His biography Woody Allen was a New York Times and international best seller and a Notable Book of the Year. His books have been translated into eighteen languages, and his writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and The New York Times Magazine. An officer of PEN International, he lives with his wife in Los Angeles.

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Faith, Interrupted is a profoundly personal, deeply felt exploration of the mystery of faith—having it, losing it, hoping for its return.
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      • source: Karen Armstrong, author of The Case for God
      • content: "A poignant, sensitive and thoughtful memoir that illuminates the complexity of the phenomenon that we call faith."
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      • source: America
      • content: "Candid and heartful. . . . Faith, Interrupted resonates because Lax confronts questions common to believers everywhere, and he does it without pomposity, self-righteousness, or condescension."
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      • source: The Christian Science Monitor
      • content: "A gentle, rueful book . . . Lax's polished writing style and lack of assurance that he has all the answers are . . . definite pluses."
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      • source: Boston Globe
      • content: "Heartfelt. . . . An honest and affecting memoir."
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      • source: Faith Matters
      • content: "Lax is a good storyteller, careful with words and reflective of the many ways in which he has had to ponder the eternal questions. This is not a book that ends with faith restored, God in God's heaven and everything right with the world. But it is a book in which faith is taken seriously and, in the end, respected, even if the author cannot count himself among the faithful."
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      • source: National Catholic Reporter
      • content: "Insightful. . . . Although this book is as much about a fascinating life as it is about religion, it will appeal to a wide audience both for its engaging subject matter and first-rate writing."
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      • source: The Globe and Mail
      • content: "Vietnam . . . was at the core of the experience [Lax] recounts as part of his spiritual journey. . . . This book brings back with warmth, compassion and riveting detail what those days were like. . . . [A] deeply touching and personal meditation."
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      • source: Library Journal
      • content: "Spiritual memoirs rarely command the same interest to others as they do for their authors, but Lax's ability as a writer . . . makes his memoir an exception. . . . Lax's journey, told with a fine sense of narrative shape, is a kind of paradigm of the spiritual struggles of the first wave of the Baby Boom and will speak eloquently to that generation."
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      • source: Elie Wiesel
      • content: "Eric Lax's moving and riveting memoir reflects a Christian boy's struggle with faith and doubt, tradition and discovery. His encounters with other beliefs reflect as well his sense of empathy for, and solidity with, victims of destiny."
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      • source: Jack Miles, author of God: A Biography
      • content: "Jesus said that he who would save his life must lose it. Does that go for faith, too? Do you have to lose it to save it? If there is any single question that Eric Lax's luminously honest loss-of-faith memoir most clearly raises, this would be it. We live in two faith cultures. One culture only wants to hear how you lost your faith, the other only how you found it. But some of us have a foot in both cultures: dubious as plain believers, equally dubious as plain unbelievers. Eric Lax's unfinished, interrupted story is a good one for us, and for better or worse our name is Legion."
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      • source: Paul Hendrickson, author, The Living and the Dead

      • content: "In an age when it's so fashionable to mock religious belief, Eric Lax gives us a quiet, very moving meditation on his own spiritual trials and turns."
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        February 15, 2010
        One man's slow drift away from the faith of his father.

        Looking back on his younger years, biographer Lax (Conversations with Woody Allen, 2007, etc.) provides an intriguing coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the Vietnam era. The son of an Episcopal priest, religion played an important role in much of the author's life, but it is not always at the center of this autobiography. Lax begins with his childhood as the son of two models of Christian piety. Through his parents the author learned about integrity and loving his neighbor, and it was because of their good example that he accepted the Christian faith without question. He entered Hobart College in 1962 and things began to change:"The Book of Common Prayer, where I had been content to find my answers, was suddenly a slim volume indeed." After Hobart, Lax was faced with the formidable quandary of his day, Vietnam and the draft. He struggled with the decision of whether or not to declare himself a conscientious objector, and whether his growing pacifist beliefs were indeed genuine or self-serving. To avoid both the draft and the conscientious-objector question for a time, he enrolled in the Peace Corps. Assigned to the Truk Islands in Micronesia, Lax spent two years on a tiny island of 185 inhabitants. This tale alone provides a fascinating core for the book, but Lax also juxtaposes his experiences with those of a close friend who enrolled as an Army officer in Vietnam. His friend returned from an intense and horrifying war experience and entered seminary, while Lax came back from the Peace Corps and eventually applied for conscientious-objector status. As his friend became a priest and then a bishop, Lax's faith slowly receded, and the book comes to a melancholy end with the death of his parents.

        A well-written autobiography, artfully folding in another's story, and alternate course, along with the author's own.

        (COPYRIGHT (2010) KIRKUS REVIEWS/NIELSEN BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

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        January 15, 2010
        Spiritual memoirs rarely command the same interest to others as they do for their authors, but Lax's ability as a writer, as evidenced by his studies of Woody Allen, among other writings, makes his memoir an exception. Lax's story is that of a devout Episcopalian whose sense of faith led him to oppose the Vietnam War; that faith, which had bolstered him through many struggles, faded to an abiding sense of uncertainty. Lax realizes, at last, that the very qualities that might make God worth finding also make God hard to findand hard to believe in unquestioningly. VERDICT Lax's journey, told with a fine sense of narrative shape, is a kind of paradigm of the spiritual struggles of the first wave of the Baby Boom and will speak eloquently to that generation.

        Copyright 2010 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        April 1, 2010
        Lax, best-selling biographer of Woody Allen and Humphrey Bogart, grew up the son of devoutly religious parents. His father was an Episcopal priest, and Lax grew up swaddled in the comfort of faith, rites, and rituals as well as the underlying beliefs. But when faced with the Vietnam draft, Lax was confronted with a struggle between belief and expediency, and he went to Micronesia for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer. Meanwhile, Skip, his best friend from college and late-night debater on all things religious, was drafted into the army and eventually sent to Vietnam. Through correspondence with his father and Skip, Lax struggled with a decision about becoming a priest, how to advance his conscientious objector status, and guilt that his friend was on the front line and he was safe. Lax parallels his efforts to come to peace with his faith and the war and Skips efforts to stay alive and make peace with killing and conscience. Ultimately, Skip became a military chaplain, and Lax drifted away from the faith. A deeply moving account of one mans spiritual journey.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2010, American Library Association.)

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