Wounds Are Where Light Enters: Stories of God’s Intrusive Grace by Walter Wangerin

Counting this review, I have had 355 published reviews since my first one in December 2015. This review for Power Book Review felt special for several reasons. One, it was for a new website started by a friend I deeply respect, and find a little intimidating. Two, this is the last memoir by Walter Wangerin, Jr. (1944-2021), who would have been 78 years old in 13 days. I felt very privileged to review Songs from the Silent Passage: Essays on the Works of Walter Wangerin, Jr., and even more privileged to share my thoughts on this book.

Power Book Review

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A very rare Christian memoir that captures life’s chaos and its redemptive moments, without letting one element strangle the other.

🖋 🖋🖋🖋🖋 The writing is stylish without being overdone, intense without being melodramatic.


Published November 21, 2017 by Zondervan

ISBN: 9780310240051

Genre: Memoir, Christian Nonfiction

🔪 One or two chapters describe death or threats of violence.

💋 One or two stories reference sexual violence among inner-city families.

🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 🚩 Many chapters refer to people facing racist behavior, systemic poverty, and (occasionally) sexual abuse.


Across his career, pastor and writer Walter Wangerin (1944-2021) was many things. Many remember him best for his fantasy novel The Book of the Dun Cow or his religious nonfiction book Ragman and Other Cries of Faith. However, many would argue that the key to Wangerin’s work is that above all else, he was a pastor. Wounds are Where Light Enters collects a…

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