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Wendell Berry and the Given Life (Hardcover) (Ragan Sutterfield)

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Over the past 50 years, Wendell Berry has been helping those with ears to listen chart a return to the practice of being creatures. Through his essays, poetry, and fiction Berry has repeatedly drawn our attention to the ways in which our lives are gifts in a whole economy of gifts. The Given Life: Wendell Berry and the Art of Being a Creature articulate his vision for the creaturely life and the Christian understandings of humility and creation that underpin it.

We drive to work on the stored energy of ten thousand years of sunlight. Our daily bread seems to generate miraculously from store shelves. And our communities can be connected with a billion ones and zeros over fiber optic cables. For us, the idea of being a creature can seem passé. Yet in this lonely world of mastery, in a time so dominated by human desire and design that it has been dubbed the “anthropocene,” the human age, many of us feel that we are missing some essential truth about who we are. The glimpses of this truth come when we lose cell reception on a long hike in the forest and our eyes are lifted to the simple marvel of trees. We feel this truth when we take up a shovel and sense the satisfying heave of dirt as we plant a modest garden. We hear this truth when we tune out the traffic and listen to the Song Sparrow’s melody, eavesdropping on a beauty that serves no human economy. In all this we hear a whisper of the truth that we are creatures and we long live into this reality. But how can we when we have moved so far from our life source in the soil? 
Number of Pages: 169
Genre: Religion + Beliefs, Biography + Autobiography
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Franciscan Media
Author: Ragan Sutterfield
Language: English
Street Date: March 24, 2017
TCIN: 51569325
UPC: 9781632531223
Item Number (DPCI): 248-25-3938
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