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God of Dirt free pdf When acclaimed poet Mary Oliver writes, "The God of dirt came up to me many times and said so many wise and delectable things", she raises questions about the religious dimensions of her world. "The God of Dirt" emits the strong scent of unorthodoxy, but also the sweet smell of earth. Here there is a god, but one who at first seems unrecognizable, at least to Judeo-Christian religious tradition. We know of the "God of heaven," and even the "God of heaven and earth," but a god of dirt? For Thomas W. Mann, one way to understand Oliver's poetry is to recognize the tension between its spiritual and religious dimensions and read it as part of "the Other Book of God"--that is, the book of nature. In this engaging study, Mann shows Oliver to have keen eyes and ears for reading the book of nature. Readers will discover that the correspondence between Oliver's poetry and traditional religious language provides a fresh perspective from which to enjoy her work. At the same time, Oliver's reading of the Other Book of God invites us into nature's "temple" where we may come into the presence of the holy and from which we may leave rejuvenated and blessed. God of Dirt is an important study of a contemporary poet whose work is as likely to be read by a preacher in a pulpit as by an activist at an environmental rally, and will help us experience a new vision of the beauty of our world.

About Thomas W. Mann

Thomas W. Mann has been minister of Parkway United Church of Christ in Winston-Salem, NC for twenty years, and has taught religion and Old Testament at Wake Forest University, Salem College, Converse College, and Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books including The Book of Torah: The Narrative Integrity of the Pentateuch (1988) and Deuteronomy (Westminster Bible Companion, 1995).

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Author : Thomas W. Mann
Publisher : Cowley Publications,U.S.
Data Published : 28 October 2004
ISBN : 1561012610
EAN : 9781561012619
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 77 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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