The Best Spiritual Writing 2013

The Best Spiritual Writing 2013

Philip Zaleski Stephen R. Prothero / Oct 20, 2019

The Best Spiritual Writing A new volume of the critically acclaimed spiritual writing series with an introduction by bestselling author Stephen ProtheroBoasting an impressive selection of personal essays articles and poems b

  • Title: The Best Spiritual Writing 2013
  • Author: Philip Zaleski Stephen R. Prothero
  • ISBN: 9780143121534
  • Page: 161
  • Format: Paperback
  • A new volume of the critically acclaimed spiritual writing series, with an introduction by bestselling author Stephen ProtheroBoasting an impressive selection of personal essays, articles, and poems by today s leading luminaries, The Best Spiritual Writing 2013 captures our nation s spiritual pulse and offers readers an opportunity to explore the most nourishing writings oA new volume of the critically acclaimed spiritual writing series, with an introduction by bestselling author Stephen ProtheroBoasting an impressive selection of personal essays, articles, and poems by today s leading luminaries, The Best Spiritual Writing 2013 captures our nation s spiritual pulse and offers readers an opportunity to explore the most nourishing writings on spirituality published in the past year As in previous editions, Philip Zaleski draws from a wide range of journals and magazines to build an anthology of stimulating works by some of the nation s most esteemed writers such as Adam Gopnik, Edward Hirsch, and Melissa Range The result is a book, ideal for gift giving, that will appeal to religious thinkers, atheists, and people of all faiths and beliefs.

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    1. The first book of essays I've read in some time. There are some real gems in this collection, and I was happy to be introduced to some new writers, particularly Edward Hoagland (When I was Blind) and Pico Iyer (Maximum India). I also loved Sy Montgomery's "Deep Intellect" about the mystery and intelligence of octopuses, as well as Adam Gopnik's "Life Studies." Other pieces were more academic and I didn't find them as engaging. Overall I feel encouraged to pick up more essay collections in the fu [...]


    2. When I Was BlindBy Edward HoaglandI was blind for a while, and walking in the woods was an adventure. The white bark of birch trees beckoned to me. I would stroll through cushiony dead poplar leaves or fountaining ferns like ostrich plumes as high as my chest. I could hear squirrels quarreling and veerys veerying. Wood sorrel grew underfoot, the leaves tart when you taste them. Bears fattened on beechnuts in the fall up here and pitcher plants and orchids could be found in a kind of suspended bo [...]



    3. This is the first book in the series that I have read and I was a bit disappointed, for while I found most of the subject material, the prose often fell flat. I did enjoy however, the prose pieces by Kathleen Hill and Marilynne Robinson. Plus, the essay titled "Deep Intellect" by Sy Montgomery is one of the best nature essays I have read and at first seems misplaced in an anthology containing spiritual writing until one thinks about the deeper meaning of the piece.


    4. I enjoyed reading this small volume of short stories. Inter-faith and multi-faith stories made the book even more interesting. I especially appreciated Sy Montgomery's story Deep Intellect about an encounter with an octopus at the New England Aquarium. Through this story I also fell in love with Athena the octopus. If we would only listen, we could learn about God and better understand God's depth through all that God has created.


    5. I still support the idea behind this yearly collection, but this year's collection was less than stellar. I read these books to expose myself to ideas that I have never thought of before, but want to think again. Usually, I find one or two gems. This year I didn't find any. My favorite piece was George Weigel's "All War, All the Time," about the espionage war between the Soviets and the Catholic church. It wasn't elegantly written, but it sure was interesting.


    6. All kinds of wonderful work - as any best of collection should have. Because of Prothero's editorship, there are pieces here for spiritual humanists, people who consider themselves spiritual but not religious, and people of many faiths. That's quite a feat, and for the interplay between the texts best read with others who do not believe as you do.


    7. There were some amazing and interesting essays in this compilation. I picked it up at the library and started reading "Alien Intellect" which discusses the intelligence of octopuses and knew that I had to read more. There were a couple of essays I just couldn't finish and more than enough regarding Catholicism which is not really an interest of mine but overall I enjoyed it.


    8. As a compendium, of course some pieces are more interesting than others. Much of the poetry is good and thought provoking. The prose pieces are more variable in their degree of hold upon me. Overall, good enough to make me want to look at past editions and look forward to future ones.


    9. I continue to enjoy these Best Of series. This one includes a wide variety ofspiritual concerns and ideas. There are Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist andnature essays and poems. I enjoyed this anthology very much.


    10. Wide variety of essays, perfect for discussion. I especially liked the one about the octopus, which made me look at that creature in an entirely different way. The poems were also thoughtful.



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