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Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew

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Hello, fellow readers! I'm using Goodreads to track my reading, to find like-minded book-lovers who want to share titles, and to connect with readers of my books. Feel free to follow my reviews or become a virtual friend.

As a writer, I'm passionate about creating stories that nourish the soul. I love exploring how faith functions, both inside and outside of religious traditions, and depicting the life of the Spirit at our culture's margins.
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So glad you had a good time! I've always appreciated that festival and wish I could go every time. Maybe in 2018!

Thanks again for the review. I'm always warmed by the glowing ones! I'll look forward to reading it.

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With some regularity I’m overtaken by timely, pretty-darn-good (I almost wrote “brilliant”) inspirations bursting with agency—that I don’t want to heed. The first time this happened, I’d submitted my MFA essay to the editor of my memoir, hoping she’d publish it as an afterword. “The memoir should stand on its own,” she insisted. “Why don’t …

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I was surprised by how quickly and thoroughly I was drawn into this retelling of Achilles's story. Miller's prose is gorgeous, and the relationship she imagines between Achilles and his male lover is rich. Once the Trojan war began, however, the nove ...more
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Part romance, part thriller, this YA novel is so sweet--and one long argument for being real in relationship.
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YES-YES-YES. Even though this book is a fun, easy read; even though Watterson uses a hip, Elizabeth Gilbert-type voice; and even though the substantive content peters out toward the end, here's an excellent introduction to Christianity's feminist (an ...more
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Grand, disturbing, hilarious, intimate--I thoroughly enjoyed following these children as they try to make sense of the insanity of adulthood. Anthony Doerr believes in humanity's basic goodness. All his characters, even the ones who go awry, try thei ...more
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At Cynthia Bourgeault's recommendation, I bought MEDITATIONS ON THE TAROT and gave it my best effort. Dense, esoteric, archetypal--I couldn't make heads nor tails of it. So when one weekend I had plans to visit two friends, one a life-long tarot read ...more
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An eclectic collection of the poet's thoughts and poems on writing, well worth reading. I adore Stafford's sensibility. His steady practice of writing without thought of audience and as a means of self- and world-exploration confirms my own. ...more
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“When you enter the woods of a fairy tale and it is night, the trees tower on either side of the path. They loom large because everything in the world of fairy tales is blown out of proportion. If the owl shouts, the otherwise deathly silence magnifies its call. The tasks you are given to do (by the witch, by the stepmother, by the wise old woman) are insurmountable - pull a single hair from the crescent moon bear's throat; separate a bowl's worth of poppy seeds from a pile of dirt. The forest seems endless. But when you do reach the daylight, triumphantly carrying the particular hair or having outwitted the wolf; when the owl is once again a shy bird and the trees only a lush canopy filtering the sun, the world is forever changed for your having seen it otherwise. From now on, when you come upon darkness, you'll know it has dimension. You'll know how closely poppy seeds and dirt resemble each other. The forest will be just another story that has absorbed you, taken you through its paces, and cast you out again to your home with its rattling windows and empty refrigerator - to your meager livelihood, which demands, inevitably, that you write about it.”
Elizabeth J. Andrew, On The Threshold: Home, Hardwood, and Holiness

“I'm not particularly in favor of doctrine or creed, ordination, the elevation of holy texts, the institution of church, or, for that matter, Christianity. Like most religions, it has irreconcilable shortcomings and an unforgivable history. What I do favor is the attempt to make sense of things by living within a story. The Christian story, for good or ill, is my inheritance.”
Elizabeth J. Andrew, On The Threshold: Home, Hardwood, and Holiness

“The point, I decided, wasn't to have the autobiography or even the memories. The point was who I became when I wrote.”
Elizabeth J. Andrew, On The Threshold: Home, Hardwood, and Holiness

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“The point, I decided, wasn't to have the autobiography or even the memories. The point was who I became when I wrote.”
Elizabeth J. Andrew, On The Threshold: Home, Hardwood, and Holiness

“When you enter the woods of a fairy tale and it is night, the trees tower on either side of the path. They loom large because everything in the world of fairy tales is blown out of proportion. If the owl shouts, the otherwise deathly silence magnifies its call. The tasks you are given to do (by the witch, by the stepmother, by the wise old woman) are insurmountable - pull a single hair from the crescent moon bear's throat; separate a bowl's worth of poppy seeds from a pile of dirt. The forest seems endless. But when you do reach the daylight, triumphantly carrying the particular hair or having outwitted the wolf; when the owl is once again a shy bird and the trees only a lush canopy filtering the sun, the world is forever changed for your having seen it otherwise. From now on, when you come upon darkness, you'll know it has dimension. You'll know how closely poppy seeds and dirt resemble each other. The forest will be just another story that has absorbed you, taken you through its paces, and cast you out again to your home with its rattling windows and empty refrigerator - to your meager livelihood, which demands, inevitably, that you write about it.”
Elizabeth J. Andrew, On The Threshold: Home, Hardwood, and Holiness

“I'm not particularly in favor of doctrine or creed, ordination, the elevation of holy texts, the institution of church, or, for that matter, Christianity. Like most religions, it has irreconcilable shortcomings and an unforgivable history. What I do favor is the attempt to make sense of things by living within a story. The Christian story, for good or ill, is my inheritance.”
Elizabeth J. Andrew, On The Threshold: Home, Hardwood, and Holiness

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