What a life is ours! Doesn't anybody in the world anymore want to get up in the middle of the night and sing?
- Mary Oliver
This sublimely inspiring reader presents essays and stories first published in the award-winning Portland Magazine
, which Annie Dillard dubbed "the best spiritual magazine in the world." Mary Gordon vividly reflects upon her first communion on its fiftieth anniversary, Patrick Giles wrestles with his faith after September 11, Pico Iyer traces his life through chapels around the world, Ian Frazier shares insights from his time on a Sioux reservation, Mary Oliver marvels at the interconnectedness of nature during a stroll in a field, Alice Lok Cahana poignantly recalls the miracles she witnessed while imprisoned in Auschwitz...the thirty-seven short works range from exultantly enlightening to spiritually challenging to profoundly moving. Contemplative souls will relish this graceful and restorative literary collection! (AG)