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How Dante Can Save Your Life: The Life-Changing Wisdom of History’s Greatest Poem

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How Dante Can Save Your Life: The Life-Changing Wisdom of History’s Greatest PoemRate this post The opening lines of The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri launched Rod Dreher on a journey that rescued him from exile and saved his life. Dreher found that the medieval poem offered him a surprisingly practical way of solving modern

How Dante Can Save Your Life: The Life-Changing Wisdom of History’s Greatest Poem
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The opening lines of The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri launched Rod Dreher on a journey that rescued him from exile and saved his life. Dreher found that the medieval poem offered him a surprisingly practical way of solving modern problems.

Following the death of his little sister and the publication of his New York Times bestselling memoir The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Dreher found himself living in the small community of Starhill, Louisiana where he grew up. But instead of the fellowship he hoped to find, he discovered that fault lines within his family had deepened. Dreher spiraled into depression and a stress-related autoimmune disease. Doctors told Dreher that if he didn’t find inner peace, he would destroy his health. Soon after, he came across The Divine Comedy in a bookstore and was enchanted by its first lines, which seemed to describe his own condition.

In the months that followed, Dante helped Dreher understand the mistakes and mistaken beliefs that had torn him down and showed him that he had the power to change his life. Dreher knows firsthand the solace and strength that can be found in Dante’s great work, and distills its wisdom for those who are lost in the dark wood of depression, struggling with failure (or success), wrestling with a crisis of faith, alienated from their families or communities, or otherwise enduring the sense of exile that is the human condition.

Inspiring, revelatory, and packed with penetrating spiritual, moral, and psychological insights, How Dante Can Save Your Life is a book for people, both religious and secular, who find themselves searching for meaning and healing. Dante told his patron that he wrote his poem to bring readers from misery to happiness. It worked for Rod Dreher. Dante saved Rod Dreher’s life—and in this book, Dreher shows you how Dante can save yours.

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Peter Parisi says:

Review of “How Dante Can Save Your Life” I really enjoyed this book. Dreher writes honestly about the difficulties he faced trying to “go home again.” I can understand the charge of sharing a bit too much personal information but I disagree: Dreher was writing a memoir and I don’t see how one can do that successfully without revealing a few secrets. On the contrary, I found Dreher’s willingness to reveal his bewilderment, suffering, stubbornness and even selfishness to be a strength. After all, that is what the book is about:…

Bob P. Paffile says:

What a read! I wonder what the Kardashians had for supper tonight! lolz… If I could give but six, I would sir. Mr. Dreher, I want to call you Today, but alas, I to was raised to call a man sir until you’ve been formally introduced. Don’t know who said it but the quote (I’m paraphrasing) says something like everyone has a story in them. This sir, is yours. Only on Chapter two but I feel that you’re telling a touch of my story, and like Sherlock Holmes, Tom Robbins, and Clive Cussler (to pick three disperate authors out of a hat) I can already tell I don’t want this…

Reede Christianne says:

It is a sad torturous journey for Mr Our book club read it and were familiar with Dante’s work. It is a sad torturous journey for Mr. Dreher and his family. We all felt his story at many points is our story. We forget just how complex and unique we are from birth. We are thrust into an established family unit not of our making and expected to grow in their likeness. Life continues to bes a difficult road and after thousands of years since we began to walk upright the battle for belonging and retaining our personal identity…

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