Adventure of Ascent
In this book, writer-poet Luci Shaw has given us a lifetime of exquisite reflections on nature, love, death, suffering, loss, faith, doubt, creativity, curiosity, lifelong learning&mdashall of it drawn from the breadth of her own experience, harvested in penetrating and...
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In this book, writer-poet Luci Shaw has given us a lifetime of exquisite reflections on nature, love, death, suffering, loss, faith, doubt, creativity, curiosity, lifelong learning&mdashall of it drawn from the breadth of her own experience, harvested in penetrating and lyrical insights. Still active in her eighties, Luci now turns her attention to the season of edging toward the borders. Her spirit of adventure, her brave transparency, and her openness to all that life offers (as well as inflicts) makes her a captivating and hope-inspiring mentor. For most of us, growing older is a reality we put off as long as possible&mdashuntil we realize with a shock that it is happening to us. We immediately look around to see how others on the path just ahead of us are dealing with it. So here is the intrepid Luci Shaw, taking readers on a virtual hike with her, with steps more deliberate and slow but also with surprising vistas that fill us with gratitude. In this book Luci serves as a fearless and eloquent scout. As she traverses new territory, she records her experiences lovingly, honestly, sorrowfully, joyfully&mdashhere's what it's like, and here's what to be ready for. These field notes will inform your own journey, no matter what your age.
Luci Shaw graduated from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, magna cum laude and is currently a writer-in-residence and lecturer at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada.
She has worked as a private Greek tutor, a free-lance editor, and an English stylist for The Living Bible and The Message. Shaw has also served as vice president, president and senior editor at Harold Shaw Publishers. She presently serves as Lay Eucharistic Minister and lector at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Bellingham, Washington.
Her poetry has been read on national television, and she has been interviewed on The Seven Hundred Club and Prime Time America. She has appeared in several magazine cover stories (such as in Today's Christian Woman and Christianity & the Arts), and many of her writings are being collected at the Buswell Library at Wheaton College in The Luci Shaw Collection.
She is the author of numerous books such as The Secret Trees (Campus Life Book of the Year) and God in the Dark (ECPA Gold Medallion Nominee). Shaw has also contributed poems and essays to many anthologies and periodicals such as Making Eden Grow (Scripture Union), Christianity Today and Reality & The Vision (Baker Book House). Her most recent poetry collections are Water Lines and The Green Earth (both Eerdmans). She is also coauthor of three books with Madeleine L'Engle, including Friends for the Journey.
- :acknowledgmentsa Word To My Readers
- 1 The View From Now2 Looking Ahead3 Feasting On Distances4 Fit For The Climb?5 Dangers Ahead?6 Finding Sure Footing7 Bivouacking8 Above The Tree Line9 Learning To Breathe10 The View From The Slope11 Lightening The Load12 Liftoff!13 Mountain Pilgrimage14 Incidents And Accidents15 Course Corrections16 Companions On The Way17 The Grass Under Our Feet18 Experiencing Altitudenotes