Best Spiritual Writing 1998

Best Spiritual Writing 1998

by Philip Zaleski
     
 

This extraordinary volume brings together articles, poems, and essays from some of today's most distinguished writers covering the full spectrum of spiritual traditions.

Editor Philip Zaleski has selected richly diverse writings from such respected writers as Reynolds Price, Francine Prose, Madeleine L'Engle, Gretel Ehrlich, Nancy Mairs, Rick Bass,

See more details below

Overview

This extraordinary volume brings together articles, poems, and essays from some of today's most distinguished writers covering the full spectrum of spiritual traditions.

Editor Philip Zaleski has selected richly diverse writings from such respected writers as Reynolds Price, Francine Prose, Madeleine L'Engle, Gretel Ehrlich, Nancy Mairs, Rick Bass, Noelle Oxenhandler, Cynthia Ozick, and Huston Smith, as well as several fresh new voices reflecting on prayer, meditation, nature, Dharma, Mass, silence, and much more. With an introduction by Patricia Hampl, this inspiring and thought-provoking collection includes:

  • Anne Lamott's delightful explanation of "Why I Don't Meditate"
  • Why do we pray? Because it works, suggests Rick Moody in his compelling essay, "Why I Pray"
  • A dramatic encounter between woman and dog in Natalie Goldberg's "Dog Bite Enlightenment"
  • Andre Dubus on the pleasures and surprises of Mass at his local church in "Love in the Morning"
  • Thomas Moore on nature as a spiritual presence in "Mystic Clouds and Natural Spirituality"
  • Barry Lopez on the sins of the world in "God's Love on a Darkling Plain"
  • Joseph Bruchac's "Call Me Ishi," a powerful poem evoking the riches of the Native American spiritual tradition
  • Rick Fields's funny and wise "Very Short Sutra on the Meeting of the Buddha and the Goddess"

The first ever anthology of the past year's best spiritual writing culled from print, electronic media, and original contributions from the authors themselves, this vital collection offers fresh insight into our religious traditions and responses to our perennial questions.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

Parabola
Especially engaging is the wry humor in selections by writers who poke fun at themselves as they talk about their lives and their spiritual practice....Many [are] tentative, confessional memoirs sharing honest insights and heightened moments from daily life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062515667
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/01/1998
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.76(d)

What People are saying about this

Patricia Hampl
"Spiritual writing is not about God . . . it is about the human longing for all that God can mean."

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >