Desert Spirit Places

The Sacred Southwest

By Brad Karelius

Foreword by Ron Dart

Desert Spirit Places

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  • ISBN: 9781532654657
  • Pages: 184
  • Publication Date: 12/19/2018
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Desert Spirit Places

The Sacred Southwest

By Brad Karelius

Foreword by Ron Dart

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781532654657
  • Pages: 184
  • Publication Date: 12/19/2018
  • Retail Price: $23.00
Web Price: $18.40
BUY FROM AMAZON.COM

About-

The iconic landscape of the American Southwest reveals the luminescent Mitten rock formations, looming rock arches, and vast sagebrush oceans made vivid and memorable by writer Tony Hillerman, artist Georgia O’Keefe, and director John Ford. Professor Brad Karelius, drawing on forty years of college teaching, will guide you into hidden mysteries of the sacred as revealed by the Zuni, Navajo/Diné, Hopi, Hispanos, and desert mystics as you seek spiritual encounters in these desert spirit places.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“Brad Karelius has mastered the art of combining a personal narrative with joyful observations of the natural world. His graceful writing adds generous helpings of both humor and humility to a story of adventure and insight gained from spending quiet time beneath the towering Western sky. Well-selected quotes from scholars and mystics underline the author’s own observations about the links between the rugged beauty of the desert and the flowering of a spiritual life. This is a book to savor and to keep at one’s bedside as an antidote to life’s anxiety.”

—Anne Hillerman, author, Cave of Bones



“I have found these personal writings of Father Karelius deeply moving and inspiring at many levels. The desert is here never less than a real place, but within its harsh and beautiful landscape we find also the wisdom of deep spirituality—learnt also from St. Ignatius of Loyola and many others. Innocence and wisdom come together in this wise for book our troubled age."

—David Jasper, University of Glasgow



“Brad Karelius has invested his well-lived life in an engagement with the Southwest desert. From that life experience he articulates deep respect for the native Americans who live there and their traditions, deep awe at the mystery of the place that he knows to be haunted in holy ways, and deep faith as he mediates between the Christian gospel and native American religious traditions. The outcome of his writing is testimony to the ‘otherwise’ he finds there, an alternative to the self-destructive ways of our dominant culture.”

—Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary



“Here find a learned and seasoned guide to the deep desert offering so much to the seeking spirit.”

—John R. Stilgoe, Harvard University.



“Part memoir, part travelogue, and part self-help guidebook, Desert Spirit Places relates how the soul of one inquisitive man finds solace and experiences healing in the harshest of landscapes—and shows how others can also experience that grace.”

—Richard Francaviglia, author, Believing in Place



"There are deserts or dry places of the earth and deserts or dry places of the soul. Brad Karelius knows the dark beauty of both. Once we learn to enter them without judgment, we discover the other half of a life from which fear had deprived us. This is a book for more than lovers of the Southwest. It sings in multiple tongues.”

—Belden Lane, Saint Louis University

Contributors-

Brad Karelius
Ron Dart

Bio(s)-

Brad Karelius is associate professor of philosophy at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA, and an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Los Angeles. He is author of The Spirit in the Desert: Pilgrimages to Sacred Sites in the Owens Valley (2009) and Encounters with the World’s Religions: The Numinous on Highway 395 (2015).

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