• Going on Faith: Writing as a Spiritual Quest

    Going on Faith: Writing as a Spiritual Quest (Paperback) Edited by William Zinsser

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    DescriptionIn this deeply felt book, nine American writers and thinkers from different points of the religious compass discuss how their work is nourished by spiritual concerns.Diana Ackerman explains why she calls herself a "messenger of wonder" and how, in her observations of the natural world, "there is a form of beholding that is a kind of prayer."David Bradley recalls how his inheritance as the son, grandson and great-grandson of black preachers has enabled him, at considerable pain, to be "touched by the word."Frederick Buechner makes an intensely personal journey to his roots as a novelist: "In fiction, as in faith, something outside ourselves is breathed into us if we're open enough to inhale it."Allen Ginsberg describes how his poetry is grounded in the Buddhist idea of renunciation of "hand-me-down conceptions" and the meditative practice of "letting go of thoughts."Mary Gordon retraces an odyssey in which the religious beliefs and forms of a Catholic girlhood turned out to be "as useful as a wiretap" to the grown-up novelist.Patricia Hampl describes how the writing of Virgin Time took her on a series of pilgrimages to explore the contemplative life.Hillel Levine tells of his search for the mystery of goodness, exemplified by a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania who saved thousands of Jews on the eve of World War II.Hugh Nissenson explains how his work as a Jewish writer has been animated by "a sense of the holy" and shaped by the "poetry, drama and narrative" of the King James Bible.Jaroslav Pelikan revisits three religious writers--Augustine, Newman, and Boethius--whose influence on other religious writers over the centuries has never gone out of fashion.Together, as William Zinsser notes in his introduction, these writers are on a "pilgrimage to find the source of their fa


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    Title
    Going on Faith
    Subtitle
    Writing as a Spiritual Quest
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by William Zinsser
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 222
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781610970679
    ISBN 10: 1610970675
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25710
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    Ingram Spring Arbor Market: Y
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC subject category V2: DSB
    LC classification: PN
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    BISAC V2.8: LIT000000
    B&T General Subject: 495
    Abridged Dewey: 809
    DC22: 808.0662
    DC21: 808.0662
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    Publisher
    Wipf & Stock Publishers
    Imprint name
    Wipf & Stock Publishers
    Publication date
    01 February 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Eugene