Brian Doyle

Brian Doyle was a dad, a dad, a dad, a husband, the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, a son, a brother, a friend, a citizen, a pro-basketball nut, and a writer, in that order. He lived in Portland, Oregon until his death in 2017.

Doyle’s books have four times been finalists for the Oregon Book Award, and his essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion, The American Scholar, and in newspapers and magazines around the world. His essays have also been reprinted in the annual Best American Essays, Best American Science & Nature Writing, and Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies. Among various honors for his work is a Catholic Book Award, two Pushcart Prizes, and, mysteriously, a 2008 Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

From Brian Doyle

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So much held in a heart in a lifetime. So much held in a heart in a day, an hour, a moment. We are utterly open with no one, in the end—not mother and father, not wife or husband, not lover, not child, not friend. We open windows to each but we live alone in the house of the heart. Perhaps we...

Quote | By Brian Doyle | March 4, 2020 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Brokenness, Healing, Love, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Relationships, Vulnerability

Prayer of Thanks for Hoes & Scythes & Spatulas & Toothbrushes & Binoculars & the Myriad Other Tools & Instruments That Fit Our Hands So Gracefully & Allow Us to Work with a Semblance of Deftitude Lovely little inventions, just right for the job at hand—a lawn edger, for example, or an arrow, or...

Prayer | By Brian Doyle | April 27, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Calling, Choice, Direct Experience, God, Imagination, Mystery, Power, Purpose, Responsibility, Wonder

Sisters, I stand before you without homily or lecture or opinion. I stand here naked on the page. I stand here with my hands extended in helpless prayer. I will never know your pain. I will never know your agony of spirit. I will never know the dark nights of your souls. I will never know the...

Prayer | By Brian Doyle | April 20, 2016 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Body, Children, Choice, Compassion, Direct Experience, Healing, Health, Reproductive Justice

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