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|On getting into heaven||26|
|Turning the other cheek||59|
|Spiders and old men||84|
|An argument for life after death||120|
|Things that go bump in the night||154|
|Children of god||160|
|Do animals have souls?||165|
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|Seeking enlightenment hat by hat||245|
Posted October 28, 2003
We know Barr from a series of pretty nifty mystery stories which take place in various national parks, in which a female park ranger is the main character. Barr herself has been a law enforcement officer for the NPS, among other ¿hats.¿ The book is divided into many short snippets. There is no narrative, and although our library has it classified as biography it¿s really not quite that. The subtitle is ¿A Skeptic¿s Path to Religion.¿ The book is a personal testimony to an offbeat faith that has found a home among Mississippi Episcopalians, and offers reflections that are remarkably incisive for one with no theological or philosophical training ¿ and certainly, certainly, well expressed, punctuated with arresting insights. It¿s not quite the same genre as Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, but if you like Annie Dillard you¿ll probably like this.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
This interesting biography showcases Nevada Barr's quest for knowledge of much that seems untenable and dependent on belief. The author, renowned for her Anna Pigeon mysteries, explains that as she worked through numerous jobs like acting and writing, she grew up as an contemptuous atheist who deep down inside wanted to believe, but needed proof. She read everything she could and entered discussions in her search for empirical evidence for something to believe in greater than her short life.<P> SEEKING ENLIGHTENMENT HAT BY HAT is targeted for a limited audience. This obvious labor of love is aimed at the most devout fans of the author or exterior cynics seeking enlightenment of the existence of a greater presence. Those casual fans of the author's mysteries will want to pass to avoid feeling like a pigeon. The writer states her external searches proved futile in terms of concrete confirmation, but when she began to look at the inner essence of Nevada Barr she began to feel a sense of being part of a greater universe than just herself. One hat at a time, Ms. Barr provides a deep, humorous look at how she found her spiritual path that she ironically (in light of her honest admittance that her research into other writings failed to answer her questions) hopes encourages others to do likewise.<P> Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.