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The Best Spiritual Writing 2000 by Philip…

The Best Spiritual Writing 2000

by Philip Zaleski

Other authors: Scott Cairns (Contributor)

Series: The Best Spiritual Writing (2000)

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This third installment in Philip Zaleski's The Best Spiritual Writing series continues to live up to its admirers' expectations. What makes spiritual writing stand up and deliver is not exotic epiphanies in reclusive settings or the recounting of ecstatic communions. The real litmus test is how the narrator can take a flesh-and-bones life story and craft it into something that has spiritual meaning for the collective. "For myself I trust the path through the daily muck much more than the route that goes around it or above it or passes through it like an angel gliding transparently through a solid door," explains Thomas Moore in his Introduction (which, incidentally, warrants inclusion in The Best Spiritual Writing award in and of itself).

Year after year, this series becomes more solid and trustworthy--like a spiritual teacher who always has something age-old to offer in contemporary language. Ann Hood goes in "Search of Miracles" to heal her father of cancer and discovers the true meaning of miracles. In sparse, clean writing Natalie Goldberg tells the story of traveling to Japan to pay homage to her deceased Zen teacher. Jacques Lusseyran speaks from a blind man's perspective, helping us to see the light within instead of always relying on the light beyond. Other contributors include Linda Hogan, John Updike, Annie Dillard, Bill McKibben, and Mary Gordon. --Gail Hudson

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