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How the Light Gets in: Writing as a Spiritual Practice

ISBN : 9780199933983

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¥2,915
Author: 
Pat Schneider
Pages
320 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
142 x 209 mm
Pub date
Apr 2013
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Many writing instructors teach writing through autobiography. By considering the lives of others and then contemplating their own lives, aspiring writers discover a wellspring of material that can be used in their prose. While not explicitly for courses, this book follows a similar pedagogical line, focusing specifically on the philosophical and spiritual questions that every person faces in the course of meeting life's challenges. How the Light Gets In encourages readers to contemplate their lives through spiritual observation and exploratory writing. It guides readers through the process in 17 concise thematic chapters that include meditations on fear, freedom, silence, secrets, joy, prayer, tradition, forgiveness, service, social justice, aging, and death. Short poems by Schneider begin each chapter. Schneider's book is distinct from the many other books in the popular spirituality and creative writing genre by virtue of its approach, using one's lived experience, including the experience of writing, as a springboard for writing about beliefs and faith. As her many followers would attest, Schneider writes with particular clarity and immediacy about the writing process. Her belief that writing about one's life leads to greater consciousness, satisfaction, and wisdom energizes the book and carries the reader gracefully difficult topics.

Index: 

TABLE OF CONTENTS
PREFACE
INTRODUCTION
POEM: SOMETIMES WRITING
I. THERE IS A SPIRIT
POEM: TO BREAK SILENCE
II. PRAYER
POEM: ABOUT, AMONG OTHER THINGS, GOD
III. RANSOM
POEM: INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE JOURNEY
IV. FEAR
POEM: THIS IS A RIVER
V. DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL
POEM: PERSONAL ADDRESS
VI. TRADITION: RELIGION
POEM: YOUR BOAT, YOUR WORDS
VII. TRADITION: WRITING
POEM: BRAIDED RUG
VIII. FORGIVING
POEM: PENN STATION, NEW YORK CITY
IX. RECEIVING FORGIVENESS
PLAY EXCERPT: THE UNDERTAKING
X. DOING GOOD
POEM: TWO THOUSAND DEATHS
XI. CHANGING THE WORLD
POEM: THIS FLIGHT
XII. THE BODY
XIII. DEATH
JOURNAL ENTRY: BURNING THE TOBACCO
XIV. STRANGENESS
POEM: THE FISH
XV. BELOVED COMMUNITY
POEM: THAT ONE
XVI. FREEDOM
POEM: CONFESSION
XVII. JOY
POEM: BLESSING FOR A WRITER
NOTES FOR TEACHERS, WORKSHOP OR RETREAT LEADERS AND COUNSELORS
INDEX

About the author: 

Pat Schneider is founder/director emerita of Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) who has personally trained or participated in training of more than 1,000 across the English-speaking world. She is also a celebrated poet. She is the author of nine books including Writing Alone and with Others (OUP, 2003) which has net sales of 21,529 (cloth: 685; paper: 20,844).

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