John S. Dunne
In Deep Rhythm and the Riddle of Eternal Life, John S. Dunne’s twentieth book, he examines the end of earthly life and the prospect of eternal life. He begins with two questions: Is death an event of life? Is death lived through? If we answer yes to both questions, then we face “the riddle of eternal life.” This book explores that riddle.
Dunne finds his answer in the Gospel of John, with its three great metaphors of life, light, and love. Dunne contemplates the meaning of the metaphors in “deep rhythm,” the deep rhythm of rest in the restlessness of the heart. The words of eternal life in the Gospel speak of life and light and love but also of life passing through death, of light passing through darkness, of love passing through loneliness. So, too, Christ, embodying life and light and love, passes through death and darkness and loneliness. This deeply meditative book from one of our most gifted spiritual writers and teachers will offer consolation to those at the end of life as well as hope for all readers who contemplate eternal life.
A CD is included containing Dunne’s “Symphony of Songs,” with vocals by soprano Quinn Smith accompanied by John Dunne on the piano.
“Four decades after he first asked it, John Dunne here returns to his question, ‘If I must die someday, what can I do to satisfy my desire to live?’ No one can absorb this book without coming to share his hope born of the knowledge that is rooted in love.” —Jon Nilson, Loyola University Chicago
“In Deep Rhythm and the Riddle of Eternal Life, John Dunne focuses on eternal life, a question that has been central to his work. The question is not simply, he says, ‘Is there a life after death?’ but, ‘Is there a life in us that can live on through death?’ In his unique but familiar way, Dunne blends explorations in theology, philosophy, literature, and music. New in this book, however, is a compact disk of Dunne’s music, ‘A Symphony of Songs,’ with the author playing the piano. Although past volumes have included song lyrics and an occasional page of musical score, only now can most readers hear the music itself.” —William J. Collinge, Knott Professor of Theology, Mount St. Mary’s University
“In this his 20th book, the Notre Dame professor of theology returns to a question he asked in his first book: “If I must die someday, what can I do to satisfy my desire to live?” The book comes with the CD Symphony of Songs, with vocals by soprano Quinn Smith Pillari accompanied by Father Dunne on the piano.” — Notre Dame Magazine
“In this erudite volume, Dunne takes us on a quest that leads through the mystery of ‘the life in us that can live on through death.’ His exploraion is peppered with theological, philosophical, and literary quotations and a deep appreciation for music. . . In his quest to encounter what he calls ‘the riddle of eternal life,’ Dunne ponders the hearts desire, the road that goes on and on, a spiritual journey, a deeper life, and the process of letting go of everything and everyone. . . .” — Spirituality&Practice.com
“In this book, John S. Dunne recounts the profound ways that he has thought about death and, more important[ly], about what lasts from life. Dunne’s work is an intricate patchwork quilt of recurring and interwoven themes. . . .[P]ersistent effort uncovers its nuggets of wisdom.” — Commonweal
“According to John S. Dunne . . . we are programmed with an urge, a rhythm by which God calls us to love and, ultimately, through death and into life. How we recognize that call, and what it means is the subject of this reflection on the meaning of living and dying, and living eternally.” — Catholic Library World