Academic journal article TCA Journal

Turn over Any Stone

Academic journal article TCA Journal

Turn over Any Stone

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Turn Over Any Stone

Hong, Edna (1973)

Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House; Augsburg Publishing House

Edna Hong's Turn Over Any Stone is the experiential recounting of one woman's search for meaning in a world of suffering and seemingly meaningless events. Forced to address the No of grieving human experience, Hong confronts an unavoidable stone:

"...It was the suffocating and the killing of...the...spirit that I feared; the slow strangling when a stone, an irreducible something, is planted in the soul, and the spirit can no longer breathe freely and deeply. The breath of the spirit becomes more and more shallow-until there is no perceptible breath, and the spirit is as if dead...Pain resisted could be this killer, this stone. It could be a foreign malignant body that not only lies there in the soul inert and irreducible, but also exudes the suffocating carbon dioxide of despondency, defiance, and despair. Pain resisted could intensify, worsen the pain" (pp. 41-42).

Hong's teleologically driven intellectual literature review included secular, philosophical and religious writings and eventually led to the acceptance of the Yes of human existence. …

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