How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice

Paperback | March 20, 2013

byPat Schneider

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Many writing instructors teach writing through autobiography. By considering the lives of others and then contemplating their own lives, aspiring writers discover a wellspring of material that can be used in their prose. While not explicitly for courses, this book follows a similar pedagogicalline, focusing specifically on the philosophical and spiritual questions that every person faces in the course of meeting life's challenges. How the Light Gets In encourages readers to contemplate their lives through spiritual observation and exploratory writing. It guides readers through theprocess in 17 concise thematic chapters that include meditations on fear, freedom, silence, secrets, joy, prayer, tradition, forgiveness, service, social justice, aging, and death. Short poems by Schneider begin each chapter. Schneider's book is distinct from the many other books in the popular spirituality and creative writing genre by virtue of its approach, using one's lived experience, including the experience of writing, as a springboard for writing about beliefs and faith. As her many followers would attest,Schneider writes with particular clarity and immediacy about the writing process. Her belief that writing about one's life leads to greater consciousness, satisfaction, and wisdom energizes the book and carries the reader gracefully through difficult topics.

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Many writing instructors teach writing through autobiography. By considering the lives of others and then contemplating their own lives, aspiring writers discover a wellspring of material that can be used in their prose. While not explicitly for courses, this book follows a similar pedagogicalline, focusing specifically on the philosop...

Pat Schneider is founder/director emerita of Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) who has personally trained or participated in the training of more than 1,000 across the English-speaking world. She is also a celebrated poet. She is the author of nine books including Writing Alone and with Others (OUP, 2003) which has net sales of 21,529 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:March 20, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199933987

ISBN - 13:9780199933983

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroductionPoem: Sometimes Writing1. There is a SpiritPoem: To Break Silence2. PrayerPoem: About, Among Other Things, God3. RansomPoem: Instructions for the Journey4. FearPoem: This is a River5. Dark Night of the SoulPoem: Personal Address6. Tradition: ReligionPoem: Your Boat, Your Words7. Tradition: WritingPoem: Braided Rug8. ForgivingPoem: Penn Station, New York City9. Receiving ForgivenessPlay Excerpt: The Undertaking10. Doing GoodPoem: Two Thousand Deaths11. Changing the WorldPoem: This Flight12. The Body13. DeathJournal Entry: Burning the Tobacco14. StrangenessPoem: The Fish15. Beloved CommunityPoem: That One16. FreedomPoem: Confession17. JoyPoem: Blessing for a WriterNotes for Teachers, Workshop or Retreat Leaders and CounselorsIndex