I Told My Soul to Sing: Finding God with Emily Dickinson

I Told My Soul to Sing: Finding God with Emily Dickinson

by Kristin LeMay

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ISBN-13: 9781612611631
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Belief I could not find my "yes" 17

conversion

scripture

doubt

belief

proof

2 Prayer Prayer is the little implement 75

Hymn

prayer

intercession

Jesus

God

3 Mortality The tranquiller to die 127

incarnation

learning to die

mortality

crucifixion

easter

4 Immortality I stand alive - Today 167

life

afterlife

resurrection

silence

immortality

5 Beauty The Bird her punctual music brings 209

ecstasy

portrait

grasped by God

revelation

beauty

Acknowledgments 255

Notes 256

What People are Saying About This

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“LeMay elegantly combines accessible literary analysis with her own spiritual memoir of
search, doubt, and faith.”– Sojourners Magazine

“Creative and soul-stretching…Many of those who identify themselves as spiritual
but not religious might adopt this American poet as their patron saint after reading this
fascinating book.”– Spirituality & Practice

“Kristin LeMay's captivating I Told My Soul to Sing: Finding God with Emily Dickinson
is a hybrid of devotional writing, spiritual memoir, and literary analysis—and the kind of
book we wish we saw more often. It is a daring endeavor: as Tweetspeak Poetry said, "an
interesting combination of genres and approaches that could have easily gone awry." But
LeMay deftly combines literary analysis with her faith experiences in a way that enriches
the well-loved poems of Emily Dickinson, while simultaneously widening the genre of
spiritual autobiography. . . . We have to agree with Parnassus editor Herbert Leibowitz;
this cross-genre gem is "a smart, seriously playful, winning, and readable commentary."
Or, if we could borrow the words of Emily Dickinson herself, we might say that LeMay
achieves "the Heart's portrait—every Page a Pulse.” Widen your understanding of the
highly personal ways in which art and faith intersect.” – Image

“For anyone who appreciates good poetry (Dickinson), good writing (LeMay), or
thoughtful engagement with modern concerns (beauty, mortality, prayer, for instance),
this would be a good read.” –Religious Herald

“It’s an interesting combination of genres and approaches that could have easily gone
awry. But it works, and it works well. Dickinson, in LeMay’s hands, becomes more
than a poet; she is a friend (LeMay refers to her as “Emily” throughout), a mentor, a
fellow pilgrim in a spiritual journey, and eventually a kind of saint. The author had a
strong sympathy for and identification with her subject but never subsides into idealizing
Dickinson or glossing over her flaws. The poet is in turn skeptic, doubter, ardent believer,
rebel and conformist, and often all at the same time. In short, LeMay’s Dickinson is
remarkably human.” – Tweetspeak Poetry

“This is great stuff – knowledge and data mixed with insight and imagination, which
informs and enriches not only our reading of the poem, but our way of understanding
God.”– Thinking Faith

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonder! Author Kristin LeMay serves as guide - a Beatrice if you will - in the personal mapping of the peaks and valleys of  a rich interiority, her own as mirrored to twenty-five of Dickinson's "hymns", weaving these poems-as-prayers with the fine threads of Belief, Prayer, Mortality, Immortality, and Beauty. I would highly recommend this book which leaves me impatiently hopeful that LeMay will let her own soul sing its  way again soon to another book.