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A wholesale Sense of Wonder: The World's Best Writers on the Sacred, the lowest Profane, and the Ordinary outlet sale

A wholesale Sense of Wonder: The World's Best Writers on the Sacred, the lowest Profane, and the Ordinary outlet sale

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An anthology of 36 astonishing personal stories and essays from some of America''s best writers that first appeared in Portland Magazine, "the best university magazine in America" (Newsweek) and "the best spiritual magazine in the country" (Annie Dillard).

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"While the spiritual may be hard to describe ''except with such ephemeral gossamer murk as epiphany, or awakening or shiver of the heart,'' notes editor Doyle, this essay collection demonstrates how effectively good writers can capture wonder within human existence, with little or no murk whatsoever.... With his keen eye for excellent spiritual writing, explicitly religious or not, Doyle offers an array of choices that may, in his words, ''open the most stunning doors.'' " --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland in Oregon and is the author of fourteen books of essays, stories, "proems," nonfiction and fiction.

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Don''t be seduced by the title
Reviewed in the United States on April 16, 2018
I''m so disappointed in this book. I thought it would be about, well, a sense of WONDER, which I associate with a kind of awe and charm with the beauty and grace we can find around is, in people, events, experience and things. Instead, I''m finding banality (a... See more
I''m so disappointed in this book. I thought it would be about, well, a sense of WONDER, which I associate with a kind of awe and charm with the beauty and grace we can find around is, in people, events, experience and things.

Instead, I''m finding banality (a humdrum account of a person being buried, recounted by a priest like a plumber describing getting a part for a sink, fixing the leak, and going to have lunch); self-indulgence (a write whining at great length about her inability to read the Bible as she''d like to); grim misery (a lengthy list of every single bad thing that has ever happened to Jews), self-indulgent writing (a meandering list of obscure notes about some kind of women''s religious communities in the Middle Ages and amorphous blather about what the writer ''thinks'' mystics are or do {apparently she thinks they are only women]). The closest thing - so far - to ''wonder'' is an account of a man in a bad mood who meets some sweet Amish girls and it changes his mood and a man who writes about walking in the woods and seeing some birds (can''t remember what that one was ABOUT - I read it 10 minutes ago already).

I don''t see anything smacking of ''wonder'' in this book, and feel gypped. I''m dogged about finishing any book I start (especially if I paid good money for the thing), but this one has me feeling cheated and let down. I''m eleven essays in, and apart from the introduction, I haven''t found any writing that arrests me (I have an MA in literature and taught literature in college for more than 20 years), nor have I found an essay that makes me want to say to a friend, ''You''ve got to read this,'' and there has yet to be a single paragraph that I would read aloud to anyone in the same room with me.

Oh, and don''t believe the reviewers who say it is a ''Catholic'' book. Maybe with a small ''c''- maybe it''s about a lot of different things. But it is not ''Catholic'' and it''s not about ''wonder.'' The only ''wonder'' I''m getting is, ''I wonder why anyone would think these essays are about "wonder" at all. Must be using a different dictionary than I''ve got.''

So far, I want my money back. I also bought a book written by Doyle, after reading many good reviews of his work. I hope it''s not as much of a disappointment as this collection of other writers is turning out to be.
UPDATE: Finished it and put it on the shelf. I won''t be loaning it to anybody. ''Eight Whopping Lies'' is much better - far more moments I would describe as touching on ''wonder.''
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A VERY Catholic Book
Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2016
This compilation is very thoughtful with extra emphasis on Catholic experiences. I bought it because I am a fan of Bryan Doyle. There are a few lighter essays but overall it''s very serious book.
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Brian Doyle scores another!
Reviewed in the United States on January 10, 2017
Brian Doyle has this writer radar that
brings you the best. You will pause...
You will ponder and reflect. You will
return again and again. These are
not the once thru variety of writing.
These grow with you...
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This is a tru gem of a book. It ...
Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2017
This is a tru gem of a book. It shines with humor, wisdom and wonder. A dose of awe each day lifts my heart and mind together.
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Alice H. Stewart
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United States on April 25, 2017
mixture of many accomplished authors - each one superb
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sharone
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2016
Wonderful!
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Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2016
loved it
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Laura E. Swan
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Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2018
I love the broad selection of essays. And reading them reminds me of the Wonder in our midst
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