Autumn: A Spiritual Biography of the Season

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Gary Schmidt, Susan M. Felch
SkyLight Paths Publishing, Aug 1, 2005 - Nature - 299 pages
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Discover how this transitional season can reveal both the abundance and the limitations of our everyday lives.

Autumn, with all its traditional images of colorful trees, frost-covered pumpkins, and piles of wood stored up against winter's cold, can be a season filled with anticipation. The harvest, the imminent onset of cold and snow, the resumption of old routines, and the beginning of the school year all require preparation and planning. If summer has been something of a pause, autumn helps us to see the passage of time more clearly.

Autumn is a season of fruition and reaping, of thanksgiving and celebration of abundance and goodness of the earth. But it is also a season that starkly and realistically encourages us to see our own limitations.

Warm and stirring pieces by E. B. White, Anne Lamott, P. D. James, Julian of Norwich, May Sarton, Kimiko Hahn, and many others in this beautiful book rejoice in autumn as a time of preparation and reflection, when the results of hard labor are ripe for harvest.

 

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A collection of essays, short stories, and excerpts from longer works all related to the season of Autumn. I enjoyed reading these pieces on slow Autumn mornings, savoring the images and words and ... Read full review

Contents

the Hebrew Bible
7
from the Introduction to Onward and Upward in the Garden
14
The Days Peak
24
A Dissolving View
32
Tilt from My Story as Told by Water
37
Introduction
55
SIEGFRIED SASSOON EDWARD THOMAS
61
ALIX KATES SHULMAN
70
WENDELL BERRY
142
TRACY KIDDER
149
Harvest
159
the Hebrew Bible
165
from The Apple from Winter Sunshine
167
a gathering of autumn poems
173
HENRY DAVID THOREAU
185
DONALD CULROSS PEATTIE
206

A BARTLETT GIAMATTI
78
ALICE MEYNELL
89
MEENA ALEXANDER AND KIMIKO HAHN
97
Work
101
the Hebrew Bible
107
MAY SARTON
118
VERLYN KLINKENBORG
126
JOHN KEATS
136
a Gathering of Prayers and Hymns
215
Introduction
225
WILLIAM BRADFORD AND EDWARD WINSLOW
232
HAHM DONGSEON
241
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
269
Acknowledgments
285
About SkyLight Paths
300
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Gary Schmidt teaches literature at Calvin College. He is coeditor of Winter: A Spiritual Biography of the Season; Autumn: A Spiritual Biography of the Season and Spring: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (all SkyLight Paths). He is also author of Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy , a Newbery Honor book; Mara's Stories: Glimmers in the Darkness , a Fanfare 2002 Horn Book honor list book; Straw into Gold; and, with Lawrence Kushner, In God's Hands.

Susan M. Felch teaches literature at Calvin College and is coeditor of Winter: A Spiritual Biography of the Season; Autumn: A Spiritual Biography of the Season and Spring: A Spiritual Biography of the Season . She also edited The Collected Works of Anne Vaughan Lock and Bakhtin and Religion.

Mary Azarian has illustrated over 40 books. In 1999, Snowflake Bentley, a picture book about Vermont's famous photographer of snow crystals won the Caldecott Award. She continues to illustrate picture books and usually produces a yearly calendar of black and white woodcuts.

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