What of the Night?
Personal Essays by Stephen Carter
"By proving contraries, truth is made manifest," said Joseph Smith.
Good thing, because Stephen Carter's religious life is full of contradictions. "Sometimes the priesthood is a wonderful thing to me," he writes. "Other times, it's an oppressive weight. Sometimes I can feel the binding power of the temple. Other times, it seems only to cut me off from my loved ones. My mission was at once an elating and awful time."
A Cub Scout fishing trip reveals Christianity's earthier corners. Receiving the priesthood sends Carter on a spiritual roller-coaster ride. A death-metal concert hammers into him a whole new definition of spirituality. This collection of award-winning personal essays wrestles the "used tin foil, the ratty teddy bears, the rusty bicycle frames, the dog-eared magazines, the empty toilet paper rolls" of Carter's life into stories compelling, candid, and insightful.
"Carter's essays are smart, funny, and full of charity. His work exemplifies how powerful it can be to write from a place of love, even when—especially when—the stories we tell aren't the easy ones. Read this book and savor it!"
—Angela Hallstrom, author of Bound on Earth, editor of Irreantum
Carter's work has been cited as notable writing in The Best American Spiritual Writing 2006 and honored by the Association for Mormon Letters. He has received the Young Writer Award from Dialogue and several awards in the Eugene England Memorial Essay Contest. Carter is currently the editor of Sunstone magazine.