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Seeking Enlightenment Hat By Hat Hardcover – Jun 3 2003


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: GP Putnam And Sons (June 3 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399150579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399150579
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,015,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Having made my living much of my life by writing fiction, I know when I, or those around me, are making things up, when our plotlines drift free of the earth and we begin to weave tales of explanation, justification or-in most cases-tales of what we would like our story to be. Read the first page
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For Nevada Barr, her faith journey started in a church that was close to home, had light shining through a stained glass window and was open at the moment she responded to an inner impulse. As she describes herself..."I was a godless heathen and proud of it. According to the priest as the Epsicopal church, I am still a heathen but no longer godless." The description of her coming from no childhood experience of a church and hearing church members criticized to eventually joining a church is told in a very readable and quite touching. Most of the book is a series of thoughts or anecdotes about judgment,sin, gratitude etc. It is the type of book to read one ot two chapters at a time and to return to at a later time. One thing is for certain; Nevada Barr can flat out write well.
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By A Customer on Jan. 24 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is an honest account of Navada Barr's spiritual journey told in short essays. There is a mixture of seriousness and lightheartedness here. Anyone willing to share such personal detail of spiritual development deserves much credit for courage. Her candor gives the book its authenticity and makes the reader want to keep reading.
Describing ones spiritual life in a way that would provide an exact road map for others is probably impossible, but you can see that the "ah!ha!" moments often happen when we least expect them and often when we think we least deserve them. This book is full of hope, optimism, and joy. I really liked it.
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This is not so much a book as a series of related essays about life and the other imponderables related to living. But, what a group of essays it is. This is not a book for the Bible thumpers, Barr is not so sure that she believes in God so much as she is now comfortable with the idea of God. And, she gets to this point, revelation by revelation, hat by hat, not of God but of her. You do not really understand her fiction unless you read this book. It adds such depth to her characters.
I enjoyed the book, and I profited from reading it. What more can you say about any book, any work of art? Buy it. Read it yourself and enjoy the presence of an interesting woman.
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I remember the beginning of "Track of the Cat," the first Anna Pigeon mystery, where she muses about having sought all the gods and goddesses, and found them dead and useless to her. The theme of the spiritual journey recurs in the series, until in "Flashback," the proposal of marriage she flees from is from an Episcopal priest whose work she respects. Anna loves animals and needs the wilderness to keep her sanity and her spirituality. I'd wondered if this reflected Nevada Barr's life. So I was delighted to find the book. And I did learn that the reflection was there. But Barr keeps the reader at a considerable distance. There are confessions, tears, faults displayed. There is humor. But this is no deep spiritual classic. Nevada Barr has opened the door on her soul just a little. But she has definitely not shone the light on herself as she does on Anna Pigeon. Anna is my very favorite protagonist of mysteries today, with her intelligence, her prickliness, her spirituality, however "nonreligious," her integrity, her humor, her loyalty, her pluck and persistence. It's clear all of that's in Nevada Barr too, somewhere. But she hasn't shown it to us in this, her first non-fiction book. As a fan, I wouldn't have missed it. I'll recommend it to other fans. But if you're not a fan, don't bother.
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