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Description - Walk Between Heaven and Earth by Burghild Nina Holzer

Written in the form of a journal, this book reveals how keeping a journal focuses and expands our awareness of ourselves and of everything that touches our lives. Nina Holzer helps would-be journal keepers recognize the power and importance of opening themselves to the present moment and recording whatever they find there. Line drawings.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780517880968
ISBN-10: 0517880962
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 146mm x 12mm)
Pages: 124
Imprint: Random House USA Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 31-Dec-1994
Country of Publication: United States

Book Reviews - Walk Between Heaven and Earth by Burghild Nina Holzer

US Kirkus Review » Informational rather than inspirational, a journal about journal-writing as a spiritual search, by a teacher of creative writing at Foothill College in Los Altos, Calif. From fall 1987 to summer 1988, Holzer kept two journals: one a record of her writing progress, the other a personal chronicle she hoped to keep separate from the first. In the book, however, they overlap; the personal journal creeps into the creative one, which becomes, for her, a mystical journey. She records dreams, her sense of aloneness, winter sorrows; she stops torturing herself about what exactly she is doing by reminding herself "a journal can be anything!" Reviewing the "vision quest" of her journal, she notes patterns and turns of character. She finds herself preparing for the inevitable end result of her father's lingering mortal illness and grieving for a dead brother, a doctor who was killed by a snow-grooming machine during the Olympic games in Calgary, Canada - a death prefigured by a dream she recorded in her journal. She visualizes his hands being whole, "his good hands that had held so many." Later she refers to another painful memory: "Perhaps my uterus wants to cry the story of the child I lost, of what wanted to be formed, and what slipped out into darkness before it could be held securely by the arms near the heart....And maybe I need to discover that this big boulder sitting in my throat consists of a huge mass of words, compacted into stone." Sometimes she takes her students for a walk in the woods or fields and, to expose them to nature writing, reads them haiku by Basho. Although this is more a public record of private thoughts than a how-to book, the use of Latinate words and catch phrases like "creative process" and "learning process" at times gives it an academic tone somewhat at odds with the personal nature of the material. Creativity ought to be more interesting than this. (Kirkus Reviews)

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