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Stuck in the ‘Everyday’? Try Searching for Truth

The 20th Century American Catholic writer, Walker Percy, wrote frequently about how life in the modern world alienates us from things that truly matter. His most famous book, The Moviegoer, describes a successful stock broker in his late-twenties. In the book, a man named Binx Bolling, hops from relationship to relationship and whose greatest happiness comes from watching movies. (Can any Netflix bingers relate?) But then something happens that makes him want more than the “everydayness of his own life.” The rest of the novel is about his search for things that truly matter.

Possible Preaching Angle:

Binx’ awakening sounds very similar to the experience of people today. “What is the nature of the search? you ask. The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.” (Walker Percy)


Walker Percy, “The Moviegoer Author,” (Vintage, 1998)

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