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The Best Spiritual Writing 2010 (The Best Spiritual Writing)

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The renowned nonfiction annual makes its Penguin debut

For more than a decade, Philip Zaleski has collected into a single volume the best spiritual essays and poetry of the year. The Best Spiritual Writing 2010, featuring essays by John Updike and Diane Ackerman, poems from Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney and Pulitzer Prize-winner Louise Glück, and personal reflections...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Penguin Books (first published 2010)
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Monica Madaus
These collections seem difficult to find in libraries, perhaps because they are pitched at such a varied audience. Is there really such a thing as one-size-fits-all spirituality?

Still, much of what is found here is interesting, and that was particularly true of this volume. I particularly liked the late John Updike's "The Writer in Winter." The editor assures us that he was "on the side of the angels." I figure I may as well take Zaleski's word on this point, but I was more convinced when Updike...more
Jun 24, 2013 Edward added it
This annual anthology, as usual, defines “spiritual” loosely. Pico Iyer (author of LIFE OF PI) has a crack at defining spirituality in his introduction, “Spirituality, I mean to say, arises out of the disjunction between us and the transcendent as much as out of the occasional union; it lies, as in any love affair, in an attempt to draw closer to a reality [possibility] that we sense inside ourselves . . “ He goes on to add that sometimes we draw close to this possibility, sometimes we don’t, an...more
Bryant Cornett
Dec 29, 2013 Bryant Cornett rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Folks hosting the Dali Lama
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With it being nearly 2014, I know Christendom is waiting for my review of this esteemed series, so here goes:

This just isn't my cup of tea. I took several runs at this book, but at 84 pages in, I'm just not enjoying it enough to push on through. I'm really sorry, Philip. I'm no big theologian, but after reading 1/3 of the essays here, I just didn't click with much written here.

I did enjoy the one essay, I just didn't finish this book. With it being nearly 2014, I know Christendom is waiting for...more
As always with these collections, not everything in it is gold, but some things in it are. For example, Nicholas Carr's "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" Jon D. Levenson's "Chosenness and Its Enemies," and Richard John Neuhaus's "Secularizations," among others are not to be missed. I, for one, am happy to read through the not so great as long as I can find these gems among the rocks. For that reason, these collections are not to be missed.
Suzanne Kittrell
This is one of those books you pick and shoose what you want to read for there is such of wide breath of topics concerning the religions throughout the world. Very relaxing, very informative. this book made me think and reflect.
Honestly, I don't do enough spiritual reading to say if this is, in fact, the best spiritual writing of 2010, or of any other year, for that matter, but it is at least interesting and thought provoking. And worth reading.
Brett Boeh
Slow read because you have to give it the time it demands. The depth is inherit in Spiritual Writing but regardless I was pleasantly surprised by the book's impact.
I struggle with collections, collected stories, they're always very uneven for me, but I was OK with this one. It was really well done.
Grace Makley
Reading for class, but there's some really great stuff in here.
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Pico Iyer is a British-born essayist and novelist of Indian descent. As an acclaimed travel writer, he began his career documenting a neglected aspect of travel -- the sometimes surreal disconnect between local tradition and imported global pop culture. Since then, he has written ten books, exploring also the cultural consequences of isolation, whether writing about the exiled spiritual leaders of...more
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