Journeys of Simplicity: Traveling Light with Thomas Merton, Bashō, Edward Abbey, Annie Dillard & Others

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SkyLight Paths #ad - Where do our journeys take us? what do we leave behind? what do we carry with us? how do we find our way? You are invited to consider a more graceful way of traveling through life. With arresting clarity, journeys of simplicity offers vignettes of forty travelers and the few, ordinary things they carried with them—from place to place, from day to day, from birth to death.

Edward abbey • nellie bly • raymond carver dorothy day • marcel duchamp • dolores garcia/emma “grandma” gatewood • mohandas gandhipeter matthiessen • William Least Heat MoonJohn Muir • Robert Pirsig • Sir Ernest Henry ShackletonHenry David Thoreau • Father Zossima • and others.

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The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New

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Ecco #ad - Carefully culled from her past work,  The Abundance is quintessential Annie Dillard, delivered in her fierce and undeniably singular voice, filled with fascinating detail and metaphysical fact. In recognition of the pulitzer prize-winning author’s long and lauded career as a master essayist, a landmark collection, including her most beloved pieces and some rarely seen work, rigorously curated by the author herself.

A writer who never seems tired, dillard can only be enjoyed by a wide-awake reader, who has never plodded her way through a page or sentence, ” warns Geoff Dyer in his introduction to this stellar collection. Intense, an eagle falls from the sky with a weasel attached to its throat; on another, vivid, inviting readers onto sweeping landscapes, with a sense of humor: on one page, and fearless, a teenager memorizes Rimbaud’s poetry—with beauty and irony, her work endows the true and seemingly ordinary aspects of life—a commuter chases snowball-throwing children through neighborhood streets, to join her in exploring the complexities of time and death, a man walks into a bar.

The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New #ad - Reminding us of the indelible contributions of this formative figure in contemporary nonfiction,  The Abundance exquisitely showcases Annie Dillard’s enigmatic, enduring genius, as Dillard herself wishes it to be marked. The pieces within will exhilarate both admiring fans and a new generation of readers, ” with fresh editing and reordering by the author, having been “re-framed and re-hung, to situate these now seminal works within her larger canon.

The abundance reminds us that dillard’s brand of “novelized nonfiction” pioneered the form long before it came to be widely appreciated.

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New Seeds of Contemplation

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New Directions #ad - For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men. Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost, because men are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the soil of freedom, spontaneity and love.

". Christians and non-christians alike have joined in praising it as a notable successor in the meditative tradition of St. For merton, "every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul. One of the best-loved books by one of the great spiritual authors of our time, with a new introduction by best-selling author Sue Monk Kidd.

New Seeds of Contemplation #ad - New seeds of contemplation is one of Thomas Merton's most widely read and best-loved books. New seeds of contemplation seeks to awaken the dormant inner depths of the spirit so long neglected by Western man, to nurture a deeply contemplative and mystical dimension in our lives. John of the cross, the cloud of unknowing, and the medieval mystics, while others have compared Merton's reflections with those of Thoreau.

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Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - Here, in this compelling assembly of writings, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard explores the world of natural facts and human meanings.

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No Man Is an Island

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Mariner Books #ad - A recapitulation of his earlier work Seeds of Contemplation, this collection of sixteen essays plumbs aspects of human spirituality. Merton addresses those in search of enduring values, and salvation in prose that is, fulfillment, as always, inspiring and compassionate. A stimulating series of spiritual reflections which will prove helpful for all struggling to.

. Live the richest, fullest and noblest life” Chicago Tribune.

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For the Time Being

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Vintage #ad - Dillard illuminates the human perspective of the world, past, present and future, and the individual's relatively inconsequential but ever so unique place in it. Rocky mountain News. With her keen eye, and yearning for truth, penchant for paradox, Dillard renews our ability to discover wonder in life's smallest--and often darkest--corners.

Why do we exist? where did we come from? how can one person matter? dillard searches for answers in a powerful array of images: pictures of bird-headed dwarfs in the standard reference of human birth defects; ten thousand terra-cotta figures fashioned for a Chinese emperor in place of the human court that might have followed him into death; the paleontologist and theologian Teilhard de Chardin crossing the Gobi Desert; the dizzying variety of clouds.

For the Time Being #ad - National Bestseller"Beautifully written and delightfully strange. As earthy as it is sublime. In the truest sense, an eye-opener. Daily newsfrom annie dillard, the pulitzer prize-winning author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and one of the most compelling writers of our time, comes For the Time Being, her most profound narrative to date.

Vivid, haunting, eloquent, for the Time Being evokes no less than the terrifying grandeur of all that remains tantalizingly and troublingly beyond our understanding.

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Holy the Firm

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - In 1975 annie dillard took up residence on an island in Puget Sound in a wooded room furnished with "one enormous window, one cat, one spider and one person. For the next two years she asked herself questions about time, sacrifice death, reality, and the will of God. In holy the firm she writes about a moth consumed in a candle flame, about a seven-year-old girl burned in an airplane accident, about a baptism on a cold beach.

But behind the moving curtain of what she calls "the hard things -- rock mountain and salt sea, " she sees, sometimes far off and sometimes as close by as a veil or air, the power play of holy fire. This is a profound book about the natural world -- both its beauty and its cruelty -- the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dillard knows so well.

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - Pilgrim at tinker creek is the story of a dramatic year in Virginia's Blue Ridge valley. Annie dillard sets out to see what she can see. What she sees are astonishing incidents of "mystery, death, beauty, violence. ".

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A Year with Thomas Merton: Daily Meditations from His Journals

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HarperOne #ad - A 365 daily with inspirational and provocative selections from the journals of Thomas Merton combined with drawings and photographs by Merton. This volume of daily inspiration from Thomas Merton draws from Merton's journals and papers to present, each day, a seasonally appropriate and thought-provoking insight or observation.

Each month will begin with one of Merton's delightful pen-and-ink drawings or one of his elegant black-and-white photographs.

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The Wisdom of the Desert New Directions Book 295

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New Directions #ad - The wisdom of the desert was one of Thomas Merton's favorites among his own books—surely because he had hoped to spend his last years as a hermit. The personal tones of the translations, show how deeply Merton identified with the legendary authors of these sayings and parables, the blend of reverence and humor so characteristic of him, the fourth-century Christian Fathers who sought solitude and contemplation in the deserts of the Near East.

The hermits of screte who turned their backs on a corrupt society remarkably like our own had much in common with the Zen masters of China and Japan, and Father Merton made his selection from them with an eye to the kind of impact produced by the Zen mondo.

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The Seven Storey Mountain

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Mariner Books #ad - Shannon. It tells of the growing restlessness of a brilliant and passionate young man whose search for peace and faith leads him, at the age of twenty-six, to take vows in one of the most demanding Catholic orders—the Trappist monks. At the abbey of gethsemani, " thomas merton struggles to withdraw from the world, "the four walls of my new freedom, but only after he has fully immersed himself in it.

This edition contains an introduction by Merton's editor, Robert Giroux, and a note to the reader by biographer William H. Since its original publication this timeless spiritual tome has been published in over twenty languages and has touched millions of lives. The seven storey mountain has been a favorite of readers ranging from Graham Greene to Claire Booth Luce, Eldridge Cleaver, and Frank McCourt.

The Seven Storey Mountain #ad - A modern-day confessions of saint Augustine, The Seven Storey Mountain is one of the most influential religious works of the twentieth century.

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