The Solace of Fierce Landscapes Paperback

Exploring Desert and Mountain Spirituality

by Belden C. Lane;

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The Solace of Fierce Landscapes

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In the tradition of Kathleen Norris, Terry Tempest Williams, and Thomas Merton, The Solace of Fierce Landscapes explores the impulse that has drawn seekers into the wilderness for centuries and offers eloquent testimony to the healing power of mountain silence and desert indifference. Interweaving a memoir of his mother's long struggle with Alzheimer's and cancer, meditations on his own wilderness experience, and illuminating commentary on the Christian via negativa--a mystical tradition that seeks God in the silence beyond language--Lane rejects the easy affirmations of pop spirituality for the harsher but more profound truths that wilderness can teach us. "There is an unaccountable solace that fierce landscapes offer to the soul. They heal, as well as mirror, the brokeness we find within." It is this apparent paradox that lies at the heart of this remarkable book: that inhuman landscapes should be the source of spiritual comfort.Lane shows that the very indifference of the wilderness can release us from the demands of the endlessly anxious ego, teach us to ignore the inessential in our own lives, and enable us to transcend the "false self" that is ever-obsessed with managing impressions. Drawing upon the wisdom of St. John of the Cross, Meister Eckhardt, Simone Weil, Edward Abbey, and many other Christian and non-Christian writers, Lane also demonstrates how those of us cut off from the wilderness might "make some desert" in our lives. Written with vivid intelligence, narrative ease, and a gracefulness that is itself a comfort, The Solace of Fierce Landscapes gives us not only a description but a "performance" of an ancient and increasingly relevant spiritual tradition.

The Solace of Fierce Landscapes by Belden C. Lane was published by Oxford University Press in March 2007 and is our 29898th best seller. The ISBN for The Solace of Fierce Landscapes is 9780195315851.

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Details for The Solace of Fierce Landscapes

Page last updated 30th August 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherOxford University Press (March 2007)
EditionNew edition
Number of Pages296
Thickness18 mm
Height234 mm
Width155 mm
Product Code1146995
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