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How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice 1st Edition
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"How the Light Gets In is among the most inspiring personal stories I have ever read. Not only is this book beautifully written, but I felt the authenticity of the author's poignant spiritual journey in every word. Take time to read this book." --Caroline Myss, author of Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential
"Pat Schneider is one of America's premier writing instructors. Her genius lies as much in her tenacity as in her talent, and in a wild incredible belief that there is a force in the universe, a 'light' if you will, that we--'cracked' though we may be--can emit if we work hard enough. How the Light Gets In effortlessly shows us how to do that often difficult work. If there is one book on writing or writers you can read this year, I emphatically recommend this one." --Sapphire, author of Push and The Kid
"How the Light Gets In is a moving blend of memoir and reflections on creative writing through the lens of spiritual practice that leaves the reader comforted and challenged. This is an instructive, marvelous read." --Emilie M. Townes, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology, Yale Divinity School
"Will have wide appeal to both amateur and seasoned writers and spiritual seekers whether or not tied to any tradition. The book is also useful as a tool for growth through reflection and writing. Highly recommended." --Library Journal
"Will captivate writers who are looking for an alternative to the typical "how-to" book--who are looking for a book both practical and reverential." --Image
About the Author
A renowned teacher of writing, Pat Schneider is the author of ten works of poetry and nonfiction, including Writing Alone and With Others. Founder of Amherst Writers & Artists, she travels frequently to teach and has been leading workshops in creative writing at the Pacific School of Religion for almost thirty years. Garrison Keillor has read her poems sixteen times on "Writers Almanac."
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"This time I want to find my way, explore my way, take my time. I want more than I have ever asked of myself before. Maybe it requires a silence and a centering that I have not yet--in my whole life really--given myself."
This time, she continues, she's not after poems and she's not out to teach. This time, she wants to go for "the big one, the presence--the Presence--the mystery, the Beloved."
When I read that, I was hooked.
I'm still reading, still pondering, still treasuring the seventeen chapters in How the Light Gets In. These chapters, influenced by Schneider's life, reflect on themes like fear, forgiveness, changing the world, the body, death, freedom and joy.
Pat Schneider inspires me and gives me the courage to believe I can write and that I have important things to say. When you read this book, you'll know what I'm talking about
Schneider sets herself specific tasks chapter by chapter, such as exploring "the dark night of the soul" or "forgiveness." She then goes first after her own story in relation to her own fascinating, unusual past, and then turns to consider the same theme in terms of writing.
I am still reading this book. I always read with her text in one hand (Kindle) and my own journal (iPad) in the other because I want to write out passages and respond to them, think about them in writing. I feel steadied by the intimacy and accuracy of her insights.
Pat Schneider has given us a legacy book akin to having witched an artesian spring--a gift ever-flowing, ever fresh and fresh.
Though this is not a memoir, it is something of Pat Schneider's spiritual pilgrimage . . . in the church, away from the church, and always with a sense of the Mystery that held her life together. As a writer, she communicates with clarity and heart. And as a poet, she sees clearly and communicates in vivid images. . . . the book contains her original poetry, as well as poetry from other known and lesser known poets.
In short, this book is now on my Mount Rushmore of "must-reads". I felt as if Pat Schneider wrote the words of this book for me. I read it once through in a few days. I'm on my second reading now. HIGHLY recommend!!