TABLE OF CONTENTS ; PREFACE ; INTRODUCTION ; POEM: SOMETIMES WRITING ; I. THERE IS A SPIRIT ; POEM: TO BREAK SILENCE ; II. PRAYER ; POEM: ABOUT, AMONG OTHER THINGS, GOD ; III. RANSOM ; POEM: INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE JOURNEY ; IV. FEAR ; POEM: THIS IS A RIVER ; V. DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL ; POEM: PERSONAL ADDRESS ; VI. TRADITION: RELIGION ; POEM: YOUR BOAT, YOUR WORDS ; VII. TRADITION: WRITING ; POEM: BRAIDED RUG ; VIII. FORGIVING ; POEM: PENN STATION, NEW YORK CITY ; IX. RECEIVING FORGIVENESS ; PLAY EXCERPT: THE UNDERTAKING ; X. DOING GOOD ; POEM: TWO THOUSAND DEATHS ; XI. CHANGING THE WORLD ; POEM: THIS FLIGHT ; XII. THE BODY ; XIII. DEATH ; JOURNAL ENTRY: BURNING THE TOBACCO ; XIV. STRANGENESS ; POEM: THE FISH ; XV. BELOVED COMMUNITY ; POEM: THAT ONE ; XVI. FREEDOM ; POEM: CONFESSION ; XVII. JOY ; POEM: BLESSING FOR A WRITER ; NOTES FOR TEACHERS, WORKSHOP OR RETREAT LEADERS AND COUNSELORS ; INDEX
Pat Schneider is founder/director emerita of Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) who has personally trained or participated in training of more than 1,000 across the English-speaking world. She is also a celebrated poet. She is the author of nine books including Writing Alone and with Others (OUP, 2003) which has net sales of 21,529 (cloth: 685; paper: 20,844).
"How the Light Gets In is among the most inspiring personal stories I have ever read. Not only is this book beautifully written, but I felt the authenticity of the author's poignant spiritual journey in every word. Take time to read this book." --Caroline Myss, author of Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential
"Pat Schneider is one of America's premier writing instructors. Her genius lies as much in her tenacity as in her talent, and in a wild incredible belief that there is a force in the universe, a 'light' if you will, that we--'cracked' though we may be--can emit if we work hard enough. How the Light Gets In effortlessly shows us how to do that often difficult work. If there is one book on writing or writers you can read this year, I emphatically recommend this one." --Sapphire, author of Push and The Kid
"How the Light Gets In is a moving blend of memoir and reflections on creative writing through the lens of spiritual practice that leaves the reader comforted and challenged. This is an instructive, marvelous read." --Emilie M. Townes, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology, Yale Divinity School
"Will have wide appeal to both amateur and seasoned writers and spiritual seekers whether or not tied to any tradition. The book is also useful as a tool for growth through reflection and writing. Highly recommended." --Library Journal
"Will captivate writers who are looking for an alternative to the typical "how-to" book--who are looking for a book both practical and reverential." --Image
Schneider (Writing Alone and with Others) is a versatile writer across several genres including poetry, nonfiction, drama, and libretti, and leader of creative writing workshops. She addresses readers here from many such angles, as she considers the act of writing as spiritual practice, for psychological and spiritual growth, and for its own sake, all fruitfully developed in these 17 chapters, including "There Is a Spirit," "Tradition: Religion," and "Tradition: Writing." She admirably fulfills her goal of making her book address current struggles involving writing and growth, rather than reporting on her own past growth, and confronts many paradoxes, e.g., the need to share personal experience countered with the need to be self-protective, and the encompassing of both light and dark in one's writing. VERDICT Her book will have wide appeal to both amateur and seasoned writers and spiritual seekers whether or not tied to any tradition. The book is also useful as a tool for growth through reflection and writing. Highly recommended.-Carolyn Craft, formerly with Longwood Univ. Lib., Farmville, VA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.