Winter A Spiritual Biography of the Season Author Gary D Schmidt Susan M Felch am Kindle Gary D Schmidt is an American children s writer of nonfiction books and youn
Winter: A Spiritual Biography of the Season Author Gary D. Schmidt Susan M. Felch am Kindle Gary D Schmidt is an American children s writer of nonfiction books and young adult novels, including two Newbery Honor books He lives on a farm in Alto, Michigan,with his wife and six children, where he splits wood, plants gardens, writes, feeds the wild cats that drop by and wishes that sometimes the sea breeze came that far inland He is a Professor of English at Calvin College.. Explore how the dormancy and difficulty of winter can be a time of spiritual preparation and transformation.For many, winter is a time of postponed activity and of shoveling snow, navigating ice, and trying to keep warm What can easily be forgotten in winter s cold and occasional dreariness is that it can also be a time of shoring up, of purity, praise, delight, and playExplore how the dormancy and difficulty of winter can be a time of spiritual preparation and transformation.For many, winter is a time of postponed activity and of shoveling snow, navigating ice, and trying to keep warm What can easily be forgotten in winter s cold and occasional dreariness is that it can also be a time of shoring up, of purity, praise, delight, and play.In thirty stirring pieces from translated Sanskrit and Hebrew poems to Henry David Thoreau and Basho, Jane Kenyon, John Updike, Kathleen Norris, and Annie Dillard we share in the recognition of winter s hardships and celebrate the glory of winter as a spiritual gift a quiet time in the rhythm of life, a time of thoughtfulness, of looking forward, and of unexpected hope.Examining our retreat and hibernation from the world, and our ultimate breaking free from icy paralysis, these inspiring selections help us express and understand our own personal reaction to wintertime They show us the way from the cold of this season to the warmth of the human soul.. A viral Kindle Winter: A Spiritual Biography of the Season I picked this up for $1 at a used bookstore and put it aside for a wintry day. (I should be careful what I ask for.) We were without power for 26 hours during an ice storm so I decided to chill my mind as well by reading about winter.On the one hand, I appreciate the work of the editors in compiling and grouping the essays and poems into five sections. On the other hand the introductions to each 1-3 page selection were completely unnecessary, often longer than the selections themselves, and I found them to be a negative piece to the puzzle. After a few I simply skipped them.I will probably keep this on hand to be a cold weather companion. The best surprise was Barry Lopez, whose essay on the Arctic was chilling and beautifully written. John Updike provided me with a better experience than I've had from him, and also this quotation:"Cold challenges the blood; it sets the cheeks to tingling and the brain to percolating. By making the indoors cozy, it encourages intellectual activity. On the map of Europe, the statistics for readership go down as the latitude becomes southerly; a warm climate invites citizens outdoors, to the sidewalk cafe, the promenade, the brain-lulling beach. I like winter because it locks me indoors with my books, my word processor, and my clear and brittle thoughts."Annie Dillard has several features in this book, and this was a section of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek."I bloom indoors in the winter like a forced forsythia; I come in to come out. At night I read and write, and things I have never understood become clear; I reap the harvest of the rest of the year's planting."
How to Survive a Spiritual Winter Desiring God Sep , How to Survive a Spiritual Winter A Holy Season Link What I didn t know then was that this was a holy winter God was doing something underground that I A Tree in the Cold Link In all that he does, he prospers The deciduous tree Winter A Spiritual Biography of the Season Schmidt, Gary Sep , It is divided into five parts winter as a time of sorrow and barrenness winter as a time to be scoured winter as a time of shoring ourselves up winter as a time of purity and praise and Winter A Spiritual Biography of the Season by Gary D Schmidt time of spiritual preparation and transformation For many, winter is a time of postponed activity and of shoveling snow, navigating ice, and trying to keep warm What can easily be forgotten in winter s cold Spiritual Winter Bible Hub Spiritual winter is an ordination of God The true spiritual analogue of winter is not spiritual death, not even feeble spiritual life There is an orderly change in the soul Unseen, yet very really, God s Spirit