The Force of Spirit

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Scott Russell Sanders reveals how the pressure of the sacred breaks through the surfaces of ordinary life-a life devoted to grown-up children and aging parents, the craft of writing, and the natural world. Whether writing to his daughter and his son as each prepares to get married, or describing an encounter with a red-tailed hawk in whose form he glimpses his dead father, or praising the disciplines of writing and carpentry and teaching, Sanders registers, in finely tuned prose, the force of spirit.
 

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Mixed essays on matters of life, death, and academia.Sanders (Hunting for Hope, 1998) opens with a meditation on the loss of loved ones, the inevitable leave-taking of children who grow up to make ... Read full review

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"I have reached the time in life when I can no longer put off asking the ultimate questions," writes Sanders (The Country of Language). In 14 essays, the award-winning author takes up such topics as ... Read full review

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Contents

The Force of Spirit
4
Amos and James
20
Heartwood
41
Learning from the Prairie
45
Cabin Dreams
59
Wood Work
65
Father Within
74
The Power of Stories
82
Who Speaks on the Page?
109
To Eva on Your Marriage
118
To Jesse on Your Marriage
134
Hawk Rising
145
Silence
151
Notes
165
Words of Thanks
173
Copyright

Witnessing to a Shared World
102

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About the author (2001)

Scott Russell Sanders is the author of The Paradise of Bombs; Wilderness Plots: Tales About the Settlement of American Land; The Force of Spirit; and Hunting for Hope, among several other works of fiction and nonfiction. He was a distinguished professor of English literature at Indiana University until he retired in 2009. He currently lives with his wife Ruth in Bloomington, Indiana.

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