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Winter: A Spiritual Biography of the Season

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

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  1. Gary D. Schmidt Susan M. Felch says:
    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.

Comment 620 on “Winter: A Spiritual Biography of the Season

  1. Jenny (Reading Envy) says:
    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 th [...]

  2. Michaela says:
    This wasn t as lyrical or uplifting as I expected and the editors introduction to each piece added very little and probably detracted However, there was one short story about a young man and his grandfather who resides in a nursing home that was beautiful and heart breaking and worth the read.

  3. Mikaela says:
    Winter is a book you never truly finish reading Like the other three volumes in this four volume series, it s a book you savor throughout the season An essay a week or every two weeks, so that the poetry and wisdom of the writers has time to seep into the soul.Winter is neither vilified nor divinized in this collection love her or hate her, you ll find an essay to fit the mood of the day I happen to love winter especially those cold, snowy days in the woods and the fields Not so much when I have [...]

  4. Nikki says:
    One of a four book series with lovely illustrations and selections that will help you live in the moment of winter One to return to year after year.

  5. Kris says:
    Second time to read this Some favorite writers includedAnnie Dillard , E.B white It s a great morning meditation read for the darkness of winteR Glad I don t live in the harsh SD climate any

  6. Craig says:
    Did not finish This book is a collection of stories if you will and they seem to ramble and I did not care for it.

  7. Elizabeth says:
    I m trying to read each volume in this series at the height of its season But this was the winter of the polar vortex, and it got to be just a bit much reading about winter while battling it on a daily basis as well That shouldn t reflect on the book itself, though, which is a fine work on its own It s a mixture of poetry, essays, memoirs, fiction, and sacred writings gathered into five categories winter as times of sorrow, scouring, shoring ourselves up, purity, and delight I appreciate how the [...]

  8. Kristen says:
    I love the season of winter and this was primarily essays from people who couldnt wait for it to end, so i was a little dissapointed and wishing there were lyrical and poetic descriptions of the beauty of winter Also the religious essays were way over my head so i skipped those But the real gem was the nursing home story of a grandfather and grandson, it had me in tears I was also fascinated with the section of stories of how truly horrible and cold some winters were in the past and the man get [...]

  9. Edmund Davis-Quinn says:
    I am reading this a piece at a time and think it is so rich.Compelled to get it to from after really enjoying quite a few of the pieces.Anthologies that are wonderfully curated like this are a joy.Excellent and brief introductions of the author and then a short piece.I plan to get all the books in this series.

  10. Colleen says:
    Happened to stumble upon this at the library and decided to give it a whirl as a way to celebrate the subzero temperatures where I live this January I liked the essay Cold by John Updike, who writes prose poetically, the best I ll also give a shout out to Patricia Hampl for her funny peek inside the lives of Minnesota denizens who are perpetually buried in snow.

  11. Dennis Schvejda says:
    Completed reading this Winter book sitting on the deck wearing a short sleeved shirt in the Catskills As the record warm temps continue, perhaps at some future time Winter will be something to be read about, rather than experienced Weather vagaries aside, a very good anthology and a good read On to the Spring volume

  12. Bethany says:
    Collection of essays, some better than others, each with the common thread of winter.More than the book itself, I like that it inspired my own thoughts about winter and all that it represents for me And that s the point of a book, nay to inspire the reader s own reflection



  13. LVD says:
    The highlight for me is the essay by E.B White, which so gracefully captures the New England winter In fact, I appreciated the New England authors throughout

  14. Kathy Brunner says:
    I love winter and this book captures the essence of the season.

  15. Shayna Wieferich says:
    Was very hit and miss for me Honestly didn t even finish it To be fair that was partially because it wasn t winter y enough here for me to get in the mood for it.

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