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A courageous and touching memoir of survival, healing, and spiritual insight details the author's journey from despair to salvation as she escaped from an abusive marriage by confronting her past and accepting her former self, which lead her on a path of spiritual discovery and hope.
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Wolf (A Place Like Any Other) is one of those writers who, instead of flicking a bug off the screen of her computer, recognizes its metaphorical potential and invites the creature into her writing. She does that over and again in this collection of soul musings focused on healing. Whether she is reflecting on the surroundings of her backyard screen house or pondering a bad day with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms, Wolf is a master at converting the ordinary into the extraordinary. Drawing from a rich vocabulary to express herself, she explores each subject like a miner panning for gold, extracting the essence of a lesson or truth, then presenting it almost matter-of-factly. Whether she is writing about a personal betrayal, the aftermath of her abusive marriage or how a friend's life was shattered by the Oklahoma City bombing, Wolf invites self-reflection. Although she gazes inwardly, she does not stay there, always moving on to some new place in her spiritual journey. For example, in "Scene from a Mall," Wolf gets lost in comparing her own interior muddle with the slick facades of the shoppers below as she ascends an escalator. By the time she reaches the top, she realizes envy has bitten her and she emerges from her reverie with a new esteem for those she is watching. Wolf's background is Christian, but readers of all faiths, especially those in tune with the spiritual path, will find her writings insightful.
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Canadian essayist Wolf posts one brief spiritual meditation on the Anglican Sabbath Blessings web site each weekend. Her earlier books, A Place Like Any Other and Sabbath Blessings, offered humorous, highly original musings on theology in the events of everyday life. Her new book differs in tone from her previous work, for it contains searing pieces based on her memories of spousal abuse and her journey to recovery. The dragon of the title is her husband, and the angels are the spirits she calls to assist in her hope's rebirth. The pain of her marriage has left its heavy mark on her spirit, but here she describes how the grief process led to her eventual acceptance of the life she once led as victim in the relationship. Because of their emotional power, these pieces are best read singly. Religious readers who prefer unsentimental devotions, as well as nondenominational audiences, will find Wolf's book disturbing but moving. Joyce Smothers, Monmouth Cty. Lib., Manalapan, NJ Wright, J. Robert.
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Book Description Doubleday, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0385501226
Book Description Doubleday, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition; First Printing. 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 208 pages. Seller Inventory # 30641
Book Description Doubleday, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0385501226