Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited edited by Rick Moody and Darcey Steinke
Little Brown and Company, 2008
Moody and Steinke’s renewed interest in Christianity struck a chord with other notable writers — and the result is this extraordinary collection of original essays. Gathering together some of the freshest and most thought-provoking voices in contemporary literature — including Madison Smartt Bell, Benjamin Cheever, Lydia Davis, Jeffrey Eugenides, Lucy Grealy, bell hooks, Ann Padgett, Joanna Scott, and Kim Wozencraft — Joyful Noise offers a fascinating range of probing and very personal interpretations of what Christianity means today. Whether it’s Kathy Bowman’s poetic riffs on the significance of “Jesus’s Feet” or Barry Hannah’s guilt-tinged recollections of a neighborhood outcast who went on to find fulfillment as a hippie minister, these remarkable and wonderfully eclectic meditations are sure to find an eager audience among boomers and twenty-somethings looking to renew their faith.