The Best Spiritual Writing 2000 (Best American Spiritual Writing)

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Each year, this bestselling series offers stunning new insight on what we hold sacred. In this inspiring collection of the year's most distinguished literary voices--some familiar, some just emerging--editor Philip Zaleski brings together a rich array of essays and poems about faith, prayer, love, and divinity. Representing a wid spectrum of religious traditions, these writers speak from the soul about both the most profound and the everyday aspects of spirituality in our lives.

In this moving collection of the everyday and the eternal, you'll find:

John Updike * Annie Dillard * Pico Iyer
Gretel Ehrlich * William Gass * Philip Levine

The Best Spiritual Writing 2000 is a surprising, provacative look at what we trust, what we long for, and what we believe.

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This third installment in Philip Zaleski's The Best Spiritual Writing series continues to live up to its admirers' expectations. What makes spiritual writing stand up and deliver is not exotic epiphanies in reclusive settings or the recounting of ecstatic communions. The real litmus test is how the narrator can take a flesh-and-bones life story and craft it into something that has spiritual meaning for the collective. "For myself I trust the path through the daily muck much more than the route that goes around it or above it or passes through it like an angel gliding transparently through a solid door," explains Thomas Moore in his Introduction (which, incidentally, warrants inclusion in The Best Spiritual Writing award in and of itself).

Year after year, this series becomes more solid and trustworthy--like a spiritual teacher who always has something age-old to offer in contemporary language. Ann Hood goes in "Search of Miracles" to heal her father of cancer and discovers the true meaning of miracles. In sparse, clean writing Natalie Goldberg tells the story of traveling to Japan to pay homage to her deceased Zen teacher. Jacques Lusseyran speaks from a blind man's perspective, helping us to see the light within instead of always relying on the light beyond. Other contributors include Linda Hogan, John Updike, Annie Dillard, Bill McKibben, and Mary Gordon. --Gail Hudson

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