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The Shaping of a Life: A Spiritual Landscape

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In The Shaping of a Life, Phyllis Tickle recounts her life with honesty and humor, richly conveying both the external events and the internal insights and emotions. As Tickle chronicles her deepening understanding of prayer and the rewards of marriage, family, and spiritual life, she reaches across the boundaries that separate one denomination from another and presents a p ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 21st 2003 by Image (first published April 17th 2001)
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Dianne Oliver
Sep 26, 2016 Dianne Oliver rated it did not like it
Potentially a good book, but she is dreadfully long-winded, and any interesting tid-bits are quite buried in a lot of non-sense.
Emily
Dec 02, 2007 Emily rated it it was amazing
This book is definitely on my favorites list. I became interested in it after hearing she was a contributor to the Voice scripture project and that she was the religion editor at Publisher's Weekly (which I love thumbing through.)

The Shaping of A Life was an excellent title for this because it was exactly that. This book blurred the lines somewhere between a memoir and an autobiography, covering roughly the first thirty years of her life (from 1930-1960.) She is incredibly introspective, incredi
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Justin
I had to give up on this one part-way through. While the author seems very intelligent, her rather intellectual presentation of spiritual matters is generally not what I look for in spiritual biography. Rather, I hope to be spiritually uplifted- the ability of which to do so I found somewhat lacking in this book.
Maria Ramirez dodson
This woman had an amazing life and is one of my spiritual heroes. I've taken my time with this book but now that I'm almost done it's like a good friend. It does drag. A little in the middle but life is like that some times.
Sylvia Jeronimo
Jun 24, 2016 Sylvia Jeronimo rated it did not like it
I tried. I really tried to get into this book but to no avail. It's not that Tickle doesn't have a good handle on language but the use of words was so superfluous as to render them distracting and meaningless. Very disappointing.
Greg
Oct 23, 2015 Greg rated it it was amazing
An inspiring read of one woman's faith journey through life that follows her journey through school, marriage and children, and how these events reflect on her spiritual inner self.
Kristen
Jan 16, 2012 Kristen rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed, memoir
I really wanted to like this book. And there were moments I really enjoyed. But I did not love it, nor did I find it as engaging as many other spiritual memoirs.
Jennifer Sevrens
May 17, 2011 Jennifer Sevrens rated it it was amazing
deeply insightful and spiritual autobiography of an accomplished writer/religious expert from eastern Tennessee.
Linda Rodrigues
Feb 13, 2012 Linda Rodrigues rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written memoir of a spiritual journey, "The Shaping of a Life" is an academic masterpiece and a portal to the divine.
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PHYLLIS TICKLE, founding editor of the Religion Department of PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, the international journal of the book industry, is frequently quoted in sources like USA TODAY, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, NY TIMES, as well as in electronic media like PBS, NPR, THE HALLMARK CHANNEL, etc., Tickle is an authority on religion in America and a much sought after lecturer on the subj
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