A Dresser of Sycamore Trees

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A surprise critical sensation that brings to life the everyday epiphanies of a lay minister in Northern Vermont-"One of the most truly religious books I have ever seen."--Noel Perrin
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Overview

A surprise critical sensation that brings to life the everyday epiphanies of a lay minister in Northern Vermont-"One of the most truly religious books I have ever seen."--Noel Perrin
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, Keizer, a lay Episcopal minister and author of No Place But Here , finds the end of a winding path that took him to the small, rural parish of Island Pond. There he is husband, father and high school teacher, and attends as well to the spiritual lives of communicants, many of them immigrants from other lives, who reside at what initially seems to him ``the end of the world.'' Keizer's anecdotal account pauses frequently to marvel at what he has received from his informal, even unorthodox ministry. He pays tribute to his ordained mentors, particularly one whose ``moxie, his jovial evangelism, his blithe testing of every assumption and pretense, his daring of himself to go an extra mile--and then another'' appear to be echoed in Keizer's personal journey. The serendipitous blending of faith and work in one man's life is not without humor, making this an arresting and entertaining journal. (Oct.)
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In this follow-up to No Place But Here ( LJ 9/1/88) Keizer, an Episcopal minister, reflects on a decade of ministry to his parishioners and the townspeople of Island Pond, Vermont. He confronts humanity in all its complexity and seeks to convince the reader that no locale is too remote to benefit from the redemptive work of Christ. Keizer exhibits a refreshing theological acumen and writes with verve and compassion from a viewpoint informed and shaped by the church he serves. His book's title is taken from Amos, an Old Testament prophet who also saw himself as a layperson called by God to minister to human souls. His usually compelling, sometimes humorous, and often moving nonfiction account deserves a wide readership.-- Jonathan D. Lauer, Messiah Coll., Grantham, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567921540
  • Publisher: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Series: Nonpareil Books Series
  • Edition description: 1ST NONPAR
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Garret Keizer
Garret Keizer

Garret Keizer is the author of the critically acclaimed books The Enigma of Anger and A Dresser of Sycamore Trees. He is a frequent contributor to Harper's Magazine. He lives with his family in northeastern Vermont.

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Table of Contents

"By Setting Me Free" 1
The Monsignor of the Northeast Kingdom 17
Island Pond 39
A Dresser of Sycamore Trees 46
I Am the Clock-Winder 79
Conscience and Common Sense 99
Of Bishops and Bait Fishermen 130
My Friend Pete 151
An Island Pond Funeral 173
Three Journeys 185
Afterword 209
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