This Gladdening Light: An Ecology of Fatherhood and Faith

This Gladdening Light: An Ecology of Fatherhood and Faith

by Christopher Martin


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780881466157
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Publication date: 06/01/2017
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 617,226
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Christopher Martin is author of three poetry chapbooks, and his essays and poems have appeared in publications across the country. He is the founding editor of Flycatcher, an ecological journal, and a contributing editor at New Southerner, an online magazine promoting self-sufficiency, environmental stewardship, and support for local economies. THIS GLADDENING LIGHT is Martin's nonfiction book debut, and his full-length debut of any genre.

Table of Contents

Preface: God Sits Drawing Whales

Prelude: The Wish to Sing with Primitive Baptists 1

Part I This Gladdening Light 3

Phos Hilaron 5

Formed by Water 14

Original Sound 28

Walking the Whitetail 38

Treasure This Ecstasy 44

Assaying a Garden 54

Walking Around Shining 61

Interlude, First Movement: My Daughter Laughs in Her Sleep 65

Part II In the Disturbance of Song 67

Meditation on a Little Boy Touching His Face 69

Prayer for the Anawim 71

Reckoning These Ruins 73

Of War and the Red-Tailed Hawk 78

Interlude, Second Movement: At the Etowah Mounds 89

Part III Fragments from Emmaus Road 91

Thoreau's Gift 92

The Wren Whistling in the Garden 101

Christ of the Burnt Men 108

Rooted in Her Body 115

Cadence: My Children Pile Sticks on a Headstone 121

Appendix: Go to the Ground: An Interview Christopher Martin 123

Notes 145

Acknowledgments 149

About the Author 153

Index 155

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This Gladdening Light: An Ecology of Fatherhood and Faith 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
hermitbear More than 1 year ago
This book is like a warm and beautiful patchwork quilt, weaving together essays, memoir, and poetry. Following in the tradition of contemplative writers like Thoreau, Walt Whitman, and Thomas Merton (as well as the lyrics of REM), the author takes us on his journey of fatherhood, wrestling with faith and as a writer in the American South. This is the kind of book of quiet wisdom that Thomas Merton would have written if he had been a father.