A Sense of Wonder

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"While the spiritual may be hard to describe 'except with such ephemeral gossamer murk as epiphany, or awakening or shiver of the heart,' notes editor Doyle, this essay collection demonstrates how effectively good writers can capture wonder within human existence, with little or no murk whatsoever.... With his keen eye for excellent spiritual writing, explicitly religious or not, Doyle offers an array of choices that may, in his words, 'open the most stunning doors.' " -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

An anthology of 37 astonishing personal stories and essays from some of America's best writers that first appeared in Portland Magazine, “the best university magazine in America” (Newsweek) and “the best spiritual magazine in the country" (Annie Dillard).


Ian Frazier

Mary Gordon

David James Duncan

Mary Oliver

Barry Lopez

Pico Iyer

Cynthia Ozick

Edward Hoagland

William Stafford

Thomas Lynch

Paul Hawken

and many more

Brian Doyle is author of twenty acclaimed books of nonfiction including How the Light Gets In (Orbis) and the novels Mink River and The Plover. 

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A Sense of Wonder
The World's Best Writers on the Sacred, the Profane, and the Ordinary
Brian Doyle
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All seriously engaging, riveting accounts that are involving and thought-provoking at the same time, and highly deserving of a space in any spirituality collection no matter the religious orientation.
This “best of” volume contains an impressive array of spiritual writing. Its essays give readers a glimpse into the aesthetic and theological sensibilities of editor Brian Doyle. More important, they model how to write well about faith, doubt, trauma, grace, sin, death, and beauty. From Mary Gordon to Edward Hoagland, Cynthia Ozick to Thomas Lynch, these authors set forth equal measures of realism and hope.
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