Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir

Skinner House Books - Paul, MN. Writing the sacred journey provides practical advice on how to overcome writing obstacles as well as guidance for transforming the writing process into a spiritual practice. The author's use of the term "spiritual" is broad enough to include pretty much any illuminating experience of life. Sumangali morhall readers will discover how to construct a well-crafted spiritual memoir--one that honors the author's interior, sacred story and is at the same time accessible to others.

This is a courageous work, full of practical exercises and examples of techniques. A writing instructor and spiritual director, Andrew teaches spiritual memoir at Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality in St.





Living Revision: A Writer's Craft as Spiritual Practice

Skinner House Books - I love this book. Revision is the spiritual practice of transformation―of seeing text, and therefore the world, with new eyes. Rabbi elana zaiman, the forever Letter: Writing What We Believe For Those We Love. Living revision is smart and rich and humane, and oh so full of good questions. Katrina Vandenberg, author of Atlas.

Done well, revision returns us to our original love. In living revision, award-winning author and teacher Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew guides writers through the writing and revision process. With insight and grace, andrew asks writers to flex their spiritual muscles, helping them to transform their writing as they in turn transform themselves into more curious and reflective human beings.

Living Revision: A Writer's Craft as Spiritual Practice - Elizabeth breathes new life into the revision process, seeing it as a spiritual practice to get to the heart, soul, and truth of one's story and of oneself. You feel as if you are in a workshop with a writing mentor and spiritual guide.





Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir

Atria Books - Like writing down the Bones, it will become an old friend to which readers return again and again. Free Press. Now, old friend from far away—her first book since Writing Down the Bones to focus solely on writing—reaffirms Goldberg’s status as a foremost teacher of writing, and completely transforms the practice of writing memoir.

Twenty years ago natalie goldberg’s classic, Writing Down the Bones, broke new ground in its approach to writing as a practice. At once a beautifully written celebration of the memoir form, life, love, and death, and a deeply affecting meditation on consciousness, an innovative course full of practical teachings, Old Friend from Far Away welcomes aspiring writers of all levels and encourages them to find their unique voice to tell their stories.

Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir - To write memoir, we must first know how to remember. Memoir writers, buy this book, put it on your personal altar, or carry it with you as you traverse the deep ruts of your old road. Tom spanbauer, author of the man who fell in Love with the Moon Old Friend from Far Away teaches writers how to tap into their unique memories to tell their story.

Through timed, and meditative exercises, associative, Old Friend from Far Away guides you to the attentive state of thought in which you discover and open forgotten doors of memory.





Searching for Your Soul: Writers of Many Faiths Share Their Personal Stories of Spiritual Discovery

Schocken - Free Press. All faith traditions share His light, brought forth most beautifully in this lovely volume. Marianne williamson, author of  a return to love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles"The spiritual life is often a journey and a process rather than a state of bliss. We might learn more about this essential part of life through honest and spunky stories like the ones told here than from books of guidance and doctrine.

This book will instruct your spiritual imagination, and that is what inspires and sustains the work of the soul. Thomas moore, author of care of the soul and the Soul of SexSearching for Your Soul brings together the stories of more than fifty writers who have eloquently explored the spiritual impulses that inform their lives.

Searching for Your Soul: Writers of Many Faiths Share Their Personal Stories of Spiritual Discovery - Whether jewish or hindu, methodist or mormon, buddhist or Pagan, Muslim or Roman Catholic, Vodou or Jehovah's Witness, the rich experiences shared here offer a compelling glimpse into the uneven terrain that is often part of the spiritual journey. Spiritual genius emerges from every facet of God's diamond.





The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative

Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Free Press. Taking us on a reading tour of some of the best memoirs and essays of the past hundred years, Joan Didion, and demonstrates the enduring truth-speaker to be found in the work of writers as diverse as Edmund Gosse, Gornick traces the changing idea of self that has dominated the century, James Baldwin, Oscar Wilde, or Marguerite Duras.

This book, which grew out of fifteen years teaching in MFA programs, is itself a model of the lucid inteligence that has made Gornick one of our most admired writers of ninfiction. In it, she teaches us to write by teaching us how to read: how to recognize truth when we hear it in the writing of others and in our own.

The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative - . A guide to the art of personal writing, by the author of Fierce Attachments and The End of the Novel of LoveAll narrative writing must pull from the raw material of life a tale that will shape experience, transform event, deliver a bit of wisdom. In a story or a novel the "i" who tells this tale can be, and often is, an unreliable narrator but in nonfiction the reader must always be persuaded that the narrator is speaking truth.

How does one pull from one's own boring, agitated self the truth-speaker who will tell the story a personal narrative needs to tell? That is the question The Situation and the Story asks--and answers. Farrar Straus Giroux.





Swinging on the Garden Gate: A Spiritual Memoir

Skinner House Books - A woman's coming-of-age journey through the rugged landscape of Wales to the reflective quiet of a retreat center. Farrar Straus Giroux. Used book in Good Condition. Along the way she questions and explores the depth of her Methodist faith as she comes to terms with her bisexual identity. Andrew skillfully and seamlessly weaves the threads of spirituality, sexuality and the creative process out of the compelling events of her life.

Her inspiring memoir stretches from the faith of her childhood, in which she was "taught to look for the Word in the Bible, " to her revelation as an adult that "the word of God resides in each of us--it dwells among us, full of grace. Free Press.





The Art of Memoir

Harper Perennial - Credited with sparking the current memoir explosion, Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club spent more than a year at the top of the New York Times list. Farrar Straus Giroux. Free Press. The writing program there produced such acclaimed authors as Cheryl Strayed, Keith Gessen, and Koren Zailckas. In the art of memoir, writer and spiritual seeker, ” providing a unique window into the mechanics and art of the form that is as irreverent, she synthesizes her expertise as professor and therapy patient, recovered alcoholic and “black belt sinner, insightful, and entertaining as her own work in the genre.

Anchored by excerpts from her favorite memoirs and anecdotes from fellow writers’ experience, The Art of Memoir lays bare Karr’s own process. She followed with two other smash bestsellers: Cherry and Lit, which were critical hits as well. For thirty years Karr has also taught the form, winning teaching prizes at Syracuse.

The Art of Memoir - . Plus all those inside stories about how she dealt with family and friends get told— and the dark spaces in her own skull probed in depth. As she breaks down the key elements of great literary memoir, and illuminates the cathartic power of reflecting on the past; anybody with an inner life or complicated history, whether writer or reader, she breaks open our concepts of memory and identity, will relate.

Joining such classics as stephen king’s on writing and anne lamott’s Bird by Bird, The Art of Memoir is an elegant and accessible exploration of one of today’s most popular literary forms—a tour de force from an accomplished master pulling back the curtain on her craft. Hc 360





Memoirs of the Soul

Ingot Press - Suitable for both classrooms and individuals, this title offers clear instructions, examples, writing tips. Used book in Good Condition. Hc 360 Free Press. Used book in Good Condition. It identifies subjects for chapters, shows how to breathe life into your writing, prompts spontaneous writing, and transforms your most significant experiences into compelling memoirs.

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On The Threshold: Home, Hardwood, and Holiness

Basic Books - Free Press. Farrar Straus Giroux. Used book in Good Condition. Hc 360 Used book in Good Condition. A tremendously authentic and beautifully written book!" --paulette Bates Alden, author of Crossing the Moon For readers of Kathleen Norris and Annie Dillard, Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew's On The Threshold is an intimate and unabashed portrait of the spiritual life.

With honesty, subtlety, the dim bedroom--and neighborly relations to examine the sometimes empty, Andrew's meditations turn to the details of household maintenance--the cluttered pantry, the loose-screened porch, and none of the spiritual platitudes that encumber many faith narratives, sometimes exuberant seasons of the spiritual life.

On The Threshold: Home, Hardwood, and Holiness - Occasionally whimsical, sometimes awed, always probing, these reflections model for us the possibility of leading a contemplative life in contemporary society. Drawing from the physical and spiritual terrain that she has inhabited throughout her life--predominantly around her home in Minneapolis, MN--the author leads the reader on the quest to feel at home with one's self and one's beliefs.





Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint

Jericho Books - Used book in Good Condition. Maybe she was meant to be their pastor. In short, this book is for every thinking misfit suspicious of institutionalized religion, but who is still seeking transcendence and mystery. Free Press. Heavily tattooed and loud-mouthed, nadia, a former stand-up comic, sure as hell didn't consider herself to be religious leader material-until the day she ended up leading a friend's funeral in a smoky downtown comedy club.

Hc 360 Farrar Straus Giroux. Using life stories-from living in a hopeful-but-haggard commune of slackers to surviving the wobbly chairs and war stories of a group for recovering alcoholics, from her unusual but undeniable spiritual calling to pastoring a notorious con artist-Nadia uses stunning narrative and poignant honesty to portray a woman who is both deeply faithful and deeply flawed, giving hope to the rest of us along the way.

Used book in Good Condition. Now a new york times bestseller, " a term used by some christians who refuse to recognize female pastors in her messy, Nadia Bolz-Weber takes no prisoners as she reclaims the term "pastrix"pronounced "pas-triks, beautiful, prayer-and-profanity laden narrative about an unconventional life of faith.

Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint - . Surrounded by fellow alcoholics, and cynics, depressives, she realized: These were her people. Jericho Books. Wildly entertaining and deeply resonant, and guys who love chick flicks; for the gay man who loves Jesus, this is the book for people who hunger for a bit of hope that doesn't come from vapid consumerism or navel-gazing; for women who talk too loud, and won't allow himself to be shunned by the church.





The Art of Spiritual Writing: How to Craft Prose That Engages and Inspires Your Readers

Loyola Press - Jericho Books. Used book in Good Condition. Farrar Straus Giroux. Used book in Good Condition. There’s a constant hunger in the world for books that explore the spiritual aspects of life, but writing about spirituality is far more complex than simply sharing personal reflections about God and the life of faith.

Free Press. Readers will learn such things as why authenticity matters, how to find their authentic voice, and how to engineer their creativity so that it resonates with readers. The art of spiritual writing demonstrates that by taking the time to learn and implement the process and craft of writing, our readers, we can begin to uncover new ways to connect with ourselves, and God.

The Art of Spiritual Writing: How to Craft Prose That Engages and Inspires Your Readers - And as we grow in our writing ability, our spirituality blossoms as well. Because of its personal nature, it can be difficult to find the balance in spiritual writing between what is good writing for you and what is good writing for others. Incorporating her 20+ years of publishing and writing experience, Vinita Hampton Wright provides a practical and straightforward look at spiritual writing for a broader audience in The Art of Spiritual Writing.

Hc 360 This slim volume is loaded with writing tips, advice, and exercises to help the writer hone and craft his or her personal thoughts into an engaging, inspiring, and publishable piece. Editors and publishers who specialize in spiritual writing find that what is important to work out for yourself on paper may not always be the best way to connect to readers.