“This is a courageous work, full of practical exercises and examples of techniques… The author’s use of the term “spiritual” is broad enough to include pretty much any illuminating experience of life.” –Sumangali Morhall, Auspicious Good Fortune
“As one who regularly teaches courses in spiritual autobiography, Writing the Sacred Journey is the most useful writing manual–of any kind–I have read. Andrew has thought with exceptional depth and nuance about the inner processes of daily writing, what’s at stake in revision and what’s beyond the block. Andrew is astute not only on profound matters–like the psychology of integrating mystical experience–but also on the most practical, like how to cut a draft that’s too long or flesh out a brief, timorous account. I know I will assign this book with confidence to my students. I also look forward to rereading and living with this book as with a wise and trusted mentor.” –Mary Rose O’Reilley, The Barn at the End of the World
“I love this book. It’s full of inspiration but also practical tips and exercises to guide any writer into deep revision. With this book as their roadmap, countless writers will learn to open their hearts and transform their writing and, in the process, themselves through revision. It is a must-read for any writer serious about her craft. I know I will turn to it again and again.”
—Kate Hopper, editor, teacher, and author of Ready for Air and Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers.
“As I read Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew’s Living Revision, I found myself breathing a sigh of relief. Here, finally, someone has articulated both the struggles and the joy of revision, in a way that makes me eager to dive back into the projects that have stymied me. In addition to using examples and wise advice from other writers, Andrew gives us practical exercises that enable us to truly invigorate our work and revive its elusive heartbeat.”
—Brenda Miller, author of Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining, and Publishing Creative Nonfiction and The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World
“Nothing is more important than how we are born. And this engrossing novel takes you right into the heart and soul of this primal experience at the heart of our lives.”
—Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of the New York Times bestseller, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
“Of all the gripping and suspenseful birth stories in this novel, the most moving is that of Hannah herself, a young woman hemmed in by fear who through courage and the help of friends is birthed into a new world of love and community. As she learns to trust women’s bodies, the gift of body and blood that creates communion, her spirit awakens to her own power and truth, revealing her vocation and transforming her relationship to her dead mother and minister father. Her birth as a fully empowered woman will inspire hope and courage.” —Mary Lane Potter, author of the novel A Woman of Salt and Strangers and Sojourners: Stories from the Lowcountry
“Unflinchingly honest, a gripping novel that explores the emotional and spiritual dimensions of natural birth.” —Jennifer Margulis, author of The Business of Baby
“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
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.
“…Thought provoking and informative…all bisexual young people should read this.” —Amazon reviewer
“When I was exploring my sexuality/identity, your book about being Christian and bisexual was the only book in the whole wide world that I found for that voice.” –Tess in New Zealand
Swinging on the Garden Gate explores bisexuality as a creative expression of God and examines the ways in which the spirit resides in the world. Andrew skillfully and seamlessly weaves the threads of spirituality, sexuality and the creative process out of the compelling events of her life. The spark of spirit she finds embedded in her body she also discovers throughout the solid matter of life — in childhood, in nature, in encounters with death and loss and wild growth. Her exploration of the sacred is vivid, fresh, and grounded in the details of ordinary days.