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Description - Standing in the Light by Sharman Apt Russell

Everything is connected, and the web is holy. So wrote Marcus Aurelius, the starting point of Sharman Apt Russells wise and haunting new memoir about her life as a pantheist. Perhaps no other religious philosophy is as simple and inclusive as pantheism. What is, right now, is divine; there is no god apart from the universe itself. In Standing in the Light, Russell explores the history of this tradition from the Stoic philosophers to the Transcendentalists while reflecting on her own life during a year spent in the mountains and desert of southwestern New Mexico. A season of banding birds, the migration of sandhill cranes, the panicked charge of a young javelina-nature provides the inspiration for meditations on subjects ranging from Buddhist thought to the death of her father, from the Quaker tradition to the sadness of children leaving home, from global warming to the ineffable loneliness of human experience. With a humane heart, an inquisitive mind, and luminescent prose, Sharman Apt Russell invites skeptics, scientists, and seekers everywhere to join her in her exploration of the soul of pantheism.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465005178
ISBN-10: 0465005179
Format: Hardback
(210mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Sharman Apt Russell

Sharman Apt Russell is the author of several books including Hunger. She has written for publications including Discover and teaches creative writing at Western New Mexico University.

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