Emerson as Spiritual Guide: A Companion to Emerson's Essays for Personal Reflection and Group Discussion
Skinner House Books, 2003 - 142 pages
"I believe Emerson is best understood as a spiritual guide and a spokesperson for an alternative American spiritual tradition. I have tried to make his message accessible and relevant to contemporary religious seekers." - Barry M. Andrews
Includes resources for further study and reflection.
"To finish the moment, to find the journey's end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom." - from "Experience" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Though we may debate whether Ralph Waldo Emerson is primarily a poet, an essayist or a philosopher, for Barry Andrews, he is above all a spiritual teacher. His fiery genius ignited not only Thoreau but also Whitman, Fuller and many others. Though his life was riddled with loss, including the deaths of his first wife, two brothers and his first son, this remarkable man produced dozens of inspirational essays and poems and became the most widely quoted author in America today. Andrews' commentary shows a new generation of Americans how Emerson's spiritual journey joined an open heart with a critical mind. This will appeal to readers who consider themselves spiritual though not necessarily religious.
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