The Best Spiritual Writing 2011
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"A trove of well-wrought, luminous, soul-bracing gifts." -Thomas Lynch (on the 2010 edition)
With selection chosen from a vast range of journals and magazines, "The Best Spiritual Writing 2011" gathers the finest pieces of spiritual writing to appear in American publications during the past year. The collection offers an opportunity to read intimate and thought-provoking...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by Not Avail
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Finally got thru this after a year. I would read a bit, put it down, then pick it back up. Some stories were very moving and interesting. Others were just plain boring.
Philip Zaleski has been editing a series of yearly “best spiritual writing” for at least the past 15 years, made up of writing from periodicals for that year, and they’re always interesting for what is considered “spiritual” which is not the same as a "religious" connotation(although the two may overlap). It’s a broad term that applies to any kind of writing that that comments on a individual's relationship to something beyond him that helps define his humanity.

I came to this 2011 version after...more
No matter how you define spirituality, this collection of spiritual writing stimulates your mind and broadens the definition in many of the essays. There was one disturbing one, (“Christianity Face to Face with Islam” Robert WIlken”)I will talk about at the end of my review, which caused the poor rating, but there was beauty in here that I can’t ignore. As the Desiderata says, “Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the DULL AND IGNORANT; they too have their story.”...more
I'm giving this three stars because, although I did enjoy many of the essays, some of the others were just a big "miss" and I'm ashamed to admit I skipped them.

Unusually for me, since I'm not a big poetry reader, I enjoyed many of the poems in this volume, especially by Billy Collins. Alice Lok Cahana's contribution of vignettes about her time in concentration camps was riveting, and I was fascinated by the parallels she drew from her experiences to her own worldview and spiritual beliefs. I al...more
This year's collection is well worth your while. I always love this collection because it reminds me that even though it sometimes seems like religious discourse in modern society has been watered down to the point of uselessness, there are still a whole host of people that think seriously and deeply about our relationship to God. Highlights include Christian Wiman's "My Bright Abyss," Jesse Kellerman's "Let My People Go to the Buffet," and Bruce Lawrie's, "Who Am I, Lord, That You Should Know M...more
There were a couple of jewels in this on Scordatura (abnormal tuning of a stringed instrument in order to obtain unusual chords) and one written by a father who whose two daughters became nuns. However, I was disappointed in the collection overall, as there were more misses than usual.
Nathan Eckman
Overall, a three star read. But don't let the average rating steer you away from this wonderful anthology. There are gems, five star gems, worth reading and meditating.
Threw this book across the room in a rage shortly after bringing it home. Almost zero essays by women, and the men who've made it in are pompous windbags.
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And I could not find a silence
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