Tickle has the wisdom of a mature storyteller as well as the humility of a spiritual seeker. She makes meaning out of the smallest details, showing us how a backyard forsythia bush became a sacred hiding place, foreshadowing her lifelong compulsion to find private sanctuaries. We meet her gentle mother, who made a daily ritual out of reading a magazine, manicuring her nails and studying the Bible. This, she concludes, influenced Tickle's adult attraction to the daily psalms. Even the way she sneaked cigarettes in her college dorm offers insight into the nature of her Christian yearnings.
Some of her scenes are utterly gripping, like her near-death experience after having an adverse reaction to an anti-miscarriage drug. "Without a care for anything that had ever been or ever was or ever might be, I lifted toward the light as lithely as if I had been a sparrow upon the courses of the early morning wind." Throughout the memoir we are held in this kind of lilting narration. Like a feminine version of Pat Conroy, Tickle is a strong, descriptive author who thoroughly appreciates how Southern landscapes, family, marriage, and death can shape a character as well as a spirit. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Was disappoined in her view of my home town and it's people.. But it made me think about how judgemental I might become!Published 1 month ago by Elaine Hunt
Loving it very readable and great insight. Really enjoying it hard to put down amazing author like the way she has put her life story together. .Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Shaping Of A Life is an autobiography written by Phyllis Tickle. Ms Tickle's life is grounded in the Christian faith. The story is refreshing and inspirational.Published on June 14, 2012 by Gloria Mitchell
Why Kindle Edition costs $12.86 while paperback edition costs $9.66 and some other vendors sell it for as low as $7.00? Doesn't encourage e-book shopping at all. Read morePublished on January 4, 2011 by G. Bukalders
Deeply spiritual, cultured, aware and intellectual. Phylis Tickle is a remarkable woman: author, inspiration and story teller. Read morePublished on September 1, 2009 by Tom K.
If it weren't for the fact that I know some nice, down to earth Episcopalians, I would have the impression from this book that the Episcopal church was for fancy highly educated... Read morePublished on February 2, 2006 by Amazon Customer
This is a lovely book! It isn't at all what one expected from someone religiously famous. Here is fine spiritual insight, wedded to incisive but highly courteous prose. Read morePublished on January 24, 2004