On the Threshold

On the Threshold book cover“A tremendously authentic and beautifully written book!”
–Paulette Bates Alden, author of Crossing the Moon

Drawing from the physical and spiritual terrain that she has inhabited throughout her life — predominantly around Minneapolis, Minnesota — the author leads the reader on an honest, subtle quest toward a contemplative life in contemporary society.

Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew’s meditations turn to the details of household maintenance—the cluttered pantry, the loose-screened porch, the dim bedroom—and to neighborly relations, using lath-and-plaster language to address the sometimes empty, sometimes exuberant, seasons of the spiritual life. Occasionally whimsical and always introspective, On the Threshold connects the commonplace to an interior realm of doubt, memory, imagination, and prayer.

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On The Threshold: Home, Hardwood, and Holiness


Adroitly interweaving story, description and reflection, these introspective essays will appeal to those who savor language and recognize the sacred at the heart of everyday experience.”  –Publishers Weekly, starred review


“Modest in the best sense of the world, Andrew’s book affords a nuts-and-bolts look at the spiritual life and a meditation on what it means to be human and to live a faith-based existence in an increasingly inhospitable, messy world.”  –Booklist