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Practice Resurrection

And Other Essays

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March 14, 2017 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 224 Pages | ISBN 9781619026087

"Delightful and illuminating. Reece's insightful, witty, and reflective essays offer up new ways of thinking about spirituality, culture, and the environment." —Kirkus

A student of Wendell Berry and Guy Davenport, Erik Reece is a strong and eloquent voice for a new generation of dedicated activists fighting on behalf of the embattled wilderness and the future of our planet. A master of the personal essay, his work has also deeply explored the role of religion in the American family.

In Reece’s new collection of essays, Practice Resurrection, ideas are the main characters. Written over ten years, and revealing Reece’s continued obsession with religion, family and the natural world, in many ways these essays represent a sequel to his stirring memoir, An American Gospel: On Family, History and the Kingdom of God. In that book, Reece intimately describes his conflicted relationship with Christianity in the context of the death of his father, a Baptist minister from rural Virginia who committed suicide at age thirty-three, and Reece’s own journey since then to find meaning and balance in the material and spiritual worlds.

Approaching variably through the lenses of travel, economics, and environmental stewardship, and with the ideas of great American thinkers (Thoreau, Berry, Davenport, Emerson) echoing in the background, Practice Resurrection provide readers refreshing new ways to value human spirituality and the natural environment.

ERIK REECE teaches English and writing at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. His previous books include Utopia Drive: A Roadtrip Through America’s Most Radical Idea and Lost Mountain, along with several other poetry collections. He lives in the woods of rural Kentucky with his wife, Melissa, and their dogs.


“With his singular wit and pith, environmental writer Reece explores issues such as God, Christianity, the environment (of course), and his father’s suicide in essays rife with sentient turns of phrase and exceptionally insightful passages…few are better than [Reece] is at discussing a personal crisis of faith—although he prefers to say his religion ‘vanished like a mist off the creek’—in such authentic language. For Reece, universal truth is personal.” —Booklist, Starred Review

“Delightful and illuminating. Reece’s insightful, witty, and reflective essays offer up new ways of thinking about spirituality, culture, and the environment.” —Kirkus

“[A] fine collection, which will interest readers grappling with how to think of their faith in an environmentally precarious world.” —Publishers Weekly

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