Mending a Tattered Faith: Devotions with Dickinson

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Although Emily Dickinson is sometimes seen as a religious skeptic, she never gave up on God, struggling with issues of faith and doubt throughout her life. Many of her poems depict such struggles, sometimes with humor and sometimes with despair. Reading and reflecting on these poems can be a powerful way to listen to and experience God through the arts.

Mending a Tattered Faith presents, first, an accessible introduction to the mysteries of Dickinson's life and poetry, ...

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Overview

Although Emily Dickinson is sometimes seen as a religious skeptic, she never gave up on God, struggling with issues of faith and doubt throughout her life. Many of her poems depict such struggles, sometimes with humor and sometimes with despair. Reading and reflecting on these poems can be a powerful way to listen to and experience God through the arts.

Mending a Tattered Faith presents, first, an accessible introduction to the mysteries of Dickinson's life and poetry, considering her relationships to her family and the church, the significant poetic strategies she employed, and the dramatic family struggle over publishing her poetry that began soon after her death. It then offers twenty-nine carefully selected poems by Dickinson, each with an accompanying meditation. By helping readers unpack Dickinson's intense but brief poems, supplying absorbing historical background and information, and relating some personal stories and reflections, this book encourages readers to embark upon their own meditative journey with Dickinson, whose engaging struggles with faith and doubt can help illuminate our own spiritual questions, sorrows, and joys.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608995103
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Art for Faith's Sake Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 118
  • Sales rank: 1,101,963
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan VanZanten is Professor of English at Seattle Pacific University . She is the author of Truth and Reconciliation: The Confessional Mode in South African Literature (2002), the editor of Postcolonial Literature and the Biblical Call to Justice (1994), and co-author (with Roger Lundin) of Literature through the Eyes of Faith (1989).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction, or, How to Read This Book xi

Devotion 1 "An altered look about the hills-" 1

Devotion 2 "Where bells no more affright the morn-" 4

Devotion 3 "These are the days when Birds come back-" 7

Devotion 4 "Papa above!" 10

Devotion 5 "I taste a liquor never brewed-" 12

Devotion 6 "I think just how my shape will rise-" 15

Devotion 7 "This World is not conclusion." 18

Devotion 8 "At least - to pray - is left - is left-" 21

Devotion 9 "Mine - by the Right of the White Election!" 23

Devotion 10 "You'll know it - as you know 'tis Noon-" 26

Devotion 11 "God made a little Gentian-" 29

Devotion 12 "Of Course - I prayed-" 32

Devotion 13 "The Day that I was crowned" 35

Devotion 14 "To lose One's faith - surpass" 38

Devotion 15 "Each Life converges to some Centre-" 40

Devotion 16 "Life - is what we make it-" 43

Devotion 17 "I never saw a Moor." 46

Devotion 18 "Unto me'? I do not know you-" 49

Devotion 19 "As Frost is best conceived" 52

Devotion 20 "Faith - is the Pierless Bridge" 54

Devotion 21 "What Twigs We held by-" 57

Devotion 22 "The Sun and Moon must make their haste" 60

Devotion 23 "The last Night that she lived" 63

Devotion 24 "Dew - is the Freshet in the Grass-" 67

Devotion 25 "The Lilac is an ancient Shrub" 70

Devotion 26 "Who were 'the Father and the Son'" 73

Devotion 27 "This dirty - little - Heart" 76

Devotion 28 "How brittle are the Piers" 78

Devotion 29 "And with what Body do they come'?" 81

Bibliography 85

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