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The Shaping of a Life: A Spiritual Landscapeby Phyllis Tickle
Synopses & Reviews
Lively, entertaining, and inspiring, THE SHAPING OF A LIFE is in the tradition of the beloved bestsellers by Kathleen Norris and Anne Lamott, an intimate, lyrical, and thought-provoking memoir from one of the most respected and admired writers on religion in America today.
In THE SHAPING OF A LIFE, Phyllis Tickle recounts her life with honesty and humor, richly conveying both the external events and the internal insights and emotions. She shares stories of her childhood in eastern Tennessee as the only child of the dean at the local college—including her first inkling of the power and comfort of prayer and her realization that prayer required a disciplined routine, that it is "best practiced by a composed mind and spirit." She writes of the sense of freedom and independence she discovered at college, where she fell in love with the language and the teachings of The Book of Common Prayer and decided to leave the Presbyterianism of her childhood and join the Episcopal Church.
As Tickle chronicles her deepening understanding of prayer and the rewards of marriage, family, and a spiritual life, she reaches across the boundaries that separate one denomination from another and presents a portrait of spiritual growth and transformation that will appeal to devout practitioners and their less religious neighbors as well. Within a very personal story, Tickle reveals the keys that will help readers of all faiths find the path that leads from the everyday world of "doing" to the special place of simply "being."
From the Hardcover edition.
A leading authority on modern religion chronicles her own personal journey of spiritual discovery, growth, and transformation , detailing her childhood in Tennessee, her discovery of the power and comfort of prayer, and her recognition that prayer requires a disciplined routine. Reprint.
About the Author
PHYLLIS TICKLE is Contributing Editor in Religion for Publishers Weekly. One of America's most respected authorities on religion, she is frequently interviewed for both print and electronic media, and is a regular guest on PBS's "Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly." The author of more than a dozen books, including the recently published The Divine Hours, she lives in Lucy, Tennessee.
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