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
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
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
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
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.
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.