By Willoway Brook: Exploring the Landscape of Prayer

By Willoway Brook: Exploring the Landscape of Prayer

by Cindy Crosby, Paul Gruchow
     
 

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"There´s a skin of the landscape I´m beginning to peel back, and I´m finding a map of sorts in the world around me; a landscape of prayer, creation that cannot help but praise the creator. Symbols in the landscape beckon me further up and deeper in. When I´m on the prairie, the barriers come down." So begins Cindy Crosby´s book

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"There´s a skin of the landscape I´m beginning to peel back, and I´m finding a map of sorts in the world around me; a landscape of prayer, creation that cannot help but praise the creator. Symbols in the landscape beckon me further up and deeper in. When I´m on the prairie, the barriers come down." So begins Cindy Crosby´s book of elegant and warm prose. With honesty and friendly wisdom, she observes parallels between the natural world and the inner landscape of prayer, using as a backdrop her own backyard, the tallgrass prairie landscape of Illinois. In a time when we are pulled in so many directions by the "busyness" of our lives, By Willoway Brook invites us to stop, carve out a quiet place, and communicate with the God who created it all.



Read about By Willoway Brook in the Chicago Sun Times.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
There are nature lovers who see some shade of beauty in every created thing, and others who cannot appreciate the finer points of God's creation. Even those in the latter category may be transformed by the poetic grace with which Crosby tells of Willoway Brook, a beloved park near her home where she walks and prays. Crosby (Waiting for Morning: Hearing God's Voice in the Darkness) confesses that her public prayers are haltingly ineffectual, but her written words flow with a transfixing liquidity as she tenderly describes the beauty, power and majesty she discovers while "prayer journeying" near her home in Illinois. Through her words, Crosby spellbindingly embraces all the elements found in the outdoor prairie world, painting for her readers everything she sees. Through 14 essays that skillfully blend the untamable world of flowers, fauna, wind and weather with prayer disciplines, Crosby intersperses lessons she's gleaned while playing both silent observer and active participant. Readers will delight in passages about the basics of prayerful communion with God: the essentialness of waiting in silence for God's coming; being open to change despite the discomfort it ushers in; learning to discipline oneself to enter into community; and recognizing that pain is the truest form of soul cleansing. Crosby's clear adoration for nature is contagious, and sure to inspire devoted readers across denominational lines. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557253200
Publisher:
Paraclete Press
Publication date:
02/01/2003
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

Cindy Crosby is a writer, editor, speaker, and naturalist. She is the author or compiler of seven nonfiction books, and a contributor to eight others. An avid nature lover, backpacker, and kayaker, she has served as a National Parks Artist in Residence, and worked as a national park ranger.

Cindy’s writing has appeared in "Books & Culture," "Backpacker," "Wild Ones," "Mars Hill Review," "Quiet Spaces," "Publishers Weekly," and "Christian Century." Her poetry has appeared in "The Prairie Light Review," "Seeding the Snow," and "A Prairie Journal." Cindy’s books have been featured on NBC Chicago, in the "Chicago Sun-Times," "Orion," "Chicago Wilderness," and on numerous radio stations. A speaker and workshop leader, Cindy teaches nature writing classes at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL, where she is a steward supervisor and docent. She and her husband, Jeff, live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Visit Cindy’s website: www.cindycrosby.com.

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