The Place of Knowing: A Spiritual Autobiography
"Things happen. Early in the world you travel into them. One day you rise without prayer in a far camp and silently hurry away. Having slept under stars and still breathing the greyed fire, who would take time to suppose this the middle of a lifetime?"
-Emma Lou Warner Thayne
"In view of the terrifying event with which it begins, it is a wonderful surprise to find the tre...more
Don't read this book if you don't want to think about what you read. This is a book about fe ...more
Knowing is a process, not an arrival.
She said something interesting on page 21. She talked about "childness" where life is free an uncomplicated and it reminded me of something a friend said when she had lost her baby. She said the first activity she felt like doing, months later of course, was coloring with her child.
I wonder if she hasn't hit on something here, a key to unlocking grief. You go back to your roots and exp ...more
For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. I had no idea what to expect, but I certainly did not expect this mystical, tolerant book from a prominent and practicing Mormon. Emma Lou's life is fascinating and complex: she was a poetry professor and tennis instructor at UofU, a member of the board of Deseret News, a peace and anti-nuclear activist, a gay rights advocate, a working mom, survivor of a near-death-exp ...more
the book does not read in any sort of traditional way, but then again emma lou thayne is not a traditional person. she i ...more
She shares a most tragic and personal experience when a six-pound iron rod smashed through a car windshield into her face. F ...more
I loved hearing Emma Lou read the audio version - but I will also be returning to my signed copy of the printed version as I need my spirit to be renewed. I am s ...more
There were things I really didn't love about this book, mainly: the awkward way she segued from one interesting character or event from her life to another. Also, not a big fan of all the poetry, although some I did like.
She is a storyteller and poet. She is delightful, surprising and soothing to listen to all at once.
It is remarkable really and takes on through past, present and future without a blink.
It has enriched my life to have partaken of this jewel.