Practice Resurrection: And Other Essays

Practice Resurrection: And Other Essays

by Erik Reece


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A student of Wendell Berry and Guy Davenport, Erik Reece is a strong and eloquent voice for a new generation of dedicated activists fighting on behalf of the embattled wilderness and the future of our planet. A master of the personal essay, his work has also deeply explored the role of religion in the American family.

In Reece’s new collection of essays, Practice Resurrection, ideas are the main characters. Written over ten years, and revealing Reece’s continued obsession with religion, family and the natural world, in many ways these essays represent a sequel to his stirring memoir, An American Gospel: On Family, History and the Kingdom of God. In that book, Reece intimately describes his conflicted relationship with Christianity in the context of the death of his father, a Baptist minister from rural Virginia who committed suicide at age thirty-three, and Reece’s own journey since then to find meaning and balance in the material and spiritual worlds.

Approaching variably through the lenses of travel, economics, and environmental stewardship, and with the ideas of great American thinkers (Thoreau, Berry, Davenport, Emerson) echoing in the background, Practice Resurrection provide readers refreshing new ways to value human spirituality and the natural environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619026087
Publisher: Catapult
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Erik Reece is Davenport's literary executor. He lives in Lexington, KY.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Notes from a Very Small Island 3

Stylist Needed: Remembering Guy Davenport 25

Instead of the Ten Commandments 45

Birding with Wendell Berry 52

A Week on the Kentucky River Reading Henry David Thoreau's A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, Which Nobody Reads Anymore (But Should) 64

In the Land of Rock and Sky 106

Lionspeak 126

Practice Resurrection 135

The Circulatory System: A Manifesto 143

Flight Risk: A Journal from the One Hundredth Year of Human Aviation 157

The New Creationism 173

Speak and Bear Witness 187

Eight Drafts of a Suicide Note 197

Acknowledgments 214

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