How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice

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Oxford University Press, Apr 25, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 303 pages
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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.
  

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Review: How the Light Gets in: Writing as a Spiritual Practice

User Review  - Darian G. - Goodreads

Pat Schneider is a beautiful writer who knows how to layer her prose and fill it with description, meaning and metaphor. In her newest book, Schneider decides to delve into the connection between ... Read full review

Review: How the Light Gets in: Writing as a Spiritual Practice

User Review  - Tristy - Goodreads

This is THE BEST book on writing that I have ever read. Usually, books about writing are either too dry and technical, or they swing really far in the opposite direction and go too deep into personal ... Read full review

Contents

What Has No Name Beyond the name there lies what has no name
3
SOMETIMES WRITING
8
TO BREAK SILENCE
18
ABOUT AMONG OTHER THINGS GOD
30
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE JOURNEY
54
THIS IS A RIVER
66
WELCOMING ANGELS
100
YOUR BOAT YOUR WORDS
118
GOING HOME THE LONGEST WAY AROUND
194
BURNING THE TOBACCO
210
THE FISH
234
THAT ONE
244
CONFESSION
260
BLESSING FOR A WRITER
267
Notes
269
Notes for Teachers WorkshopRetreatGroup Leaders Counselors and Spiritual Directors
281

BRAIDED RUG
128
THIS LETTER
146
THE UNDERTAKING
158
TWO THOUSAND DEATHS
170
THIS FLIGHT
180
Acknowledgments
285
Permissions
289
Poems by Pat Schneider Appearing in This Volume
291
Index
293
Copyright

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A renowned teacher of writing, Pat Schneider is the author of ten works of poetry and nonfiction, including Writing Alone and With Others. Founder of Amherst Writers & Artists, she travels frequently to teach and has been leading workshops in creative writing at the Pacific School of Religion for almost thirty years. Garrison Keillor has read her poems sixteen times on "Writers Almanac."

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