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On The Threshold: Home, Hardwood, and Holiness By Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew,

  • Title: On The Threshold: Home, Hardwood, and Holiness
  • Author: Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew
  • ISBN: 9780813342962
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Elizabeth Andrew writes as an act of connecting to her surroundings both geographically and spiritually Capturing the land of her childhood backyard the Hudson river valley and her spiritual home and new house in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she leads the reader on the quest to feel at home with one s self and one s beliefs With this common and pressing goal, Andrew frames hElizabeth Andrew writes as an act of connecting to her surroundings both geographically and spiritually Capturing the land of her childhood backyard the Hudson river valley and her spiritual home and new house in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she leads the reader on the quest to feel at home with one s self and one s beliefs With this common and pressing goal, Andrew frames her reflections in the lath and plaster language of a house, the cluttered pantry, the loose screened porch, the dim bedroom, traversing the interior realms of doubt, memory, imagination, and a prayer a private world, all irrevocably tied to her broader community With echoes of Thoreau and Proust, Andrew s essays speak of sweet melancholy, that of human existence our land.
    On The Threshold Home Hardwood and Holiness Elizabeth Andrew writes as an act of connecting to her surroundings both geographically and spiritually Capturing the land of her childhood backyard the Hudson river valley and her spiritual home and

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    1. The book is a series of reflective essays, many centered on small moments at her home in South Minneapolis encounters with neighbors, fixing windows or doors, waking up in various moods, remembering her childhood home Some are about her spiritual journey periods of depression and despair, her little church with its strengths and weaknesses moments of insight and closeness to God and the holy One of the last essays is about how her lover Emily came into her life, tying in years of therapy to unra [...]

    2. A small masterpiece, actually The PW review notes, Adroitly weaving story, description, and reflection, these introspective essays will appeal to those who savor language and recognize the sacred at the heart of everyday experience What gets me the lack of ego present in the essays Even though it s about her, it s not about her imagined self or just the glorious bits, and the author never sounds whiny, self pitying, or self satisfied Andrews writes WELL, really conveying her simple experiences a [...]

    3. I very much enjoyed the collection of essays disclosure I took a workshop with Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew in Key West and highly recommend her as a teacher too gathered together in ON THE THRESHOLD The writing here is everything I love about nonfiction personal yet transcendent, taking us beyond the author s singular experiences to larger truths Most of the essays deal with the ideas of creating home and community and specifically, creating home and community as spiritual practice What I loved th [...]

    4. This memoir is written in short chapters the sometimes connect theme wise and sometimes jump around What I noticed was that there were chapters that I really enjoyed and others that didn t connect with me much It is a series of thoughts on nature, creating a home and finding your faith and community Was I glad I read it Yes Was I ready to wrap it up at the end Yes I wish that there had been a continuous thread throughout the book, maybe that would have kept me better engaged.

    5. Elizabeth Andrew is a good writer I enjoyed many of these essays because the thoughts of home, nature, religion resonated with me I did find the book somewhat disjointed I think it is better read a bit at a time rather than all in one sitting I am impressed that Andrew was willing to share her thoughts about her love life I would have had trouble being that honest.I am looking forward to Andrew s next book I bet it will be even better.

    6. Local Minneapolis writer and writing instructor at the Loft, where I took a class by her and now am enjoying her writing

    7. Some of the essays I read with mild interest Some I scanned due to little interest Some I skipped altogether due to lack of interest.

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