O Love How Deep

A Tale of Three Souls

by Diana Maryon



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/4/2011

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 536
ISBN : 9781449721220
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 536
ISBN : 9781449721213
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 536
ISBN : 9781449721206

About the Book

“The autobiographical novel O Love How Deep by Diana Maryon contains striking insights into relations between the sexes, Christian discipleship, and mastering disappointment. I hope that I shall see it in print in some form in due course.” J.I. Packer, Author and Theologian

"I knew from the first 100 pages that I was going to be enthralled with this story, and so I was, right to the end. I literally couldn't put it down. Of course, it doesn't seem like the end because I still want to know more about Hope.

The loving portraits of the author’s two children were the highlight for me. Why that is so, I don't know. Perhaps the honesty about motherhood.

It is a fine adult-Christian book and should enjoy a wide readership." Mary Razzell, Author

After twenty-six-year-old Australian David Carpenter, a psychiatrist and neurological researcher himself, had a breakdown in his first year at Cambridge, his therapist told him, “Go into the Anglican Chaplaincy, investigate Christianity, and have a love-affair with a nice Christian girl.” He did precisely that.

Diana was only twenty. They grew so close that when, after four years, she married someone else, he returned home devastated. They did not meet again for eight years. He realised then that he still loved her, and she him. He asked her to break her marriage for him. Instead, she sent him away indefinitely.

In her last letter she begged him to give her up. She said that Oxford had rejected her dissertation. She was thirty-three, with her academic career now shattered.

This is the poignant true story of three hyper-intelligent, cosmopolitan, and highly-educated people fighting their way through to genuine faith, hope and love in the modern world.

About the Author

Born on St. Valentine's Day in 1938, I have lived in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada since 1971. As of late 2011 I have been a convinced Christian for 53 years, and married for nearly 50. I have two moderately grown-up children, and two young grandchildren. My husband, a distinguished Medievalist and Modern Linguist, has suffered from Parkinson's for nine years.

Everything in my book is autobiographical. Conversations are based on memory, letters on memory and in many cases on written or digital records. For the protection of certain individuals and their children, personal names of all but the most famous, physical details and academic subjects are lightly fictionalised. The only purely imaginary character is based very exactly on a real person who performed the same role as counsellor in real life.

Homosexuality and homosexual experience get several mentions, and are treated with insight.

The story is about love, the love and goodness of God and the mutual love of three highly-intelligent, highly-educated people seeking to serve Him in this complicated modern world. It is the story of a real marriage, including many assaults on it, and at the same time the story of a marriage which did not take place. As I look back, I see myself as having been surrounded by love all my life.

Serious readers may get in touch with me at diana dot maryon at telus dot net .