Practice Resurrection

And Other Essays

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“Erik Reece is obviously a writer to be reckoned with.”—Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

In Erik Reece’s stunning collection of essays, ideas are the main characters. Written over a period of 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. In that book, Reece intimitately describes his conflicted relationship with Christianity in the context of the death of his father, and Reece’s own journey since then to find meaning and balance in the material and spiritual worlds. Practice Resurrection continues that exploration through essays that take the reader to Norway, New England, London, the Adirondacks, Appalachia, and back to Reece’s native Kentucky River.

“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.” —Booklist (starred review)

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"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)

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

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