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Blessing of the Animals

In Brenda Miller’s second collection of award-winning essays, the reader is drawn into a conversation on topics ranging from new dogs to old stained glass, from a walk in Portland’s Japanese Garden to a sojourn in Jerusalem, from model airplanes to Magic 8 Balls. As in her acclaimed first collection, Season of the Body, Miller leads us on a pilgrimage through her life as a woman driven by spiritual yearning. Together, these essays prompt us to consider how our hard-won abilities to bless others become ways of blessing ourselves.

160 pages | 6 x 9


Table of Contents

Blessing of the Animals • Model • Balsa • Knitted • Virtuoso • A Dream of Ariadne Japanese Garden • Table of Figures • Getting Yourself Home • A Different Person • Naked • Imagining the Volcano Raging Waters • Enticement • Opalescent • Borrowed Views • Secret Machine • In the Night • Runes and Incantations Acknowledgments • About the Author

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