Richard Beck, professor and experimental psychologist at Abilene Christian University, has a high regard for Episcopalian Layman William Stringfellow – something he and I share in common. In 2012 he started a “project”, and it remains ongoing. The project was to first collect, then read all of the first editions (and/or first “printing’s”) of William Stringfellow published works, in chronological. Unlike here in NZ, first editions can be readily founding the US, and very affordably. Why “first editions”? Beck writes:
“… [I] wanted to read Stringfellow's books as they came out of the crate when he first saw them. I can't explain this in any way other than wanting to make a connection with Stringfellow through space and time…” And, this is the envious part of me quoting, Beck “…found two copies that were autographed by Stringfellow. The prize of [which was] a first edition, first printing, autographed copy of My People is the Enemy…”
So, after providing a really useful overview of Stringfellow’s theology, he’s been slowly making his way through the books and reflecting on each. Maybe he’ll complete his project, maybe he won’t, but to date he offers reflections on the following Stringfellow titles:
If you’re interested in this series, check back on Richard Beck’s blog site. If I notice he’s read / reviewed another Stringfellow book, I’ll add the link to this list.