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Arousing the Spirit

Provocative Writings

by Susan McCaslin

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published: Sep 2011
ISBN:9781551455976
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These writings by author-poet Susan McCaslin offer fresh and alternative ways of seeing and understanding our relationship with the Spirit. Christian-based, the 14 pieces that make up this collection (on topics such as perfectionism, paradise, the Beatitudes, Revelation, and presence) range beyond the compass of traditional Christianity to reveal universal wisdom and meaning. Written in beautifully nuanced language that articulates her clear thinking and captures her poet heart, the book reflects the central passions of McCaslin’s life: “mysticism (or the direct experience of the sacred) and its place in everyday life; peacemaking and justice; the relation of spirituality and sexuality; and the significance of Jesus of Nazareth once divested of outworn theology and his sappy Hollywood persona.” McCaslin believes that actions speak louder than words or beliefs, and her pieces encourage us to explore ways to live life as a “mystical dance.” Each chapter is prefaced by one of McCaslin’s exquisite poems, leading the reader into a place of quiet contemplation from which to explore the writing.

About the Author
Susan McCaslin is a poet, educator, scholar, and author of fourteen volumes of poetry, including her most recent, Lifting the Stone. Susan lives in Fort Langley, BC. Having been honoured with Faculty Emerita status after twenty-three years as a professor of English and Creative Writing at Douglas College in New Westminster, BC, Susan is now a full-time writer, giving poetry workshops, talks, and readings. Visit her website at www.susanmccaslin.ca.
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Susan McCaslin is a prize-winning poet and author of eleven volumes of poetry. Susan is Faculty Emeritus of Douglas College where she taught English and Creative Writing for twenty-three years. She lives in Fort Langley, British Columbia.

Editorial Reviews

Reading Susan McCaslin’s Arousing the Spirit is a wonderful dip into keen observations and enlightening perceptions about spiritual matters. Image-laden poems provide segues from chapter to chapter, inviting the reader to join in a contemplative journey through such mind-engaging topics as the perils of perfectionism, transforming our worst selves (the Jungian shadow), being present, war-peace and peaceful resisters, paradoxes (fire and ice), and mystery.

 

McCaslin’s book is scholarly - meticulously researched and documented – but far from dry.  In lucid prose, she invites us to consider viewing conventional dogma creatively, in new ways. Surprises abound such as the chapters on “Jesus as Trickster,” or “Re-visioning Revelation.”

 

Plenty of ahas abound as well. She envisions Jesus not just as teacher, healer, preacher, but also as being full of humor, inconsistencies, and apparent contradictions. She sees the story of the Pentecost as an evolutionary tale of birth and transformation with global implications.  And in her wonderful chapter on The Song of Songs entitled “Rapturous Ravishments,” she includes a poem she wrote in which she takes on the Freudians for reducing Teresa of Avila’s experiences to sublimated sexuality.

 

I return to this volume time and time again for nourishment, understanding, reflection, and insight.

— Nancy Roeder, Author of Going to the Well: a Mother-Daughter Journey

These writings by author-poet Susan McCaslin offer fresh and alternative ways of seeing and understanding our relationship with Spirit. Christian-based, the 14 pieces that make up this collection (on topics such as perfectionism, paradise, the Beatitudes, Revelation, and presence) range beyond the compass of traditional Christianity to reveal universal wisdom and meaning.

 

Written in beautifully nuanced language that articulates her clear thinking and captures her poet heart, the book reflects the central passions of McCaslins life: mysticism (or the direct experience of the sacred) and its place in everyday life; peacemaking and justice; the relation of spirituality and sexuality; and the significance of Jesus of Nazareth once divested of outworn theology and his sappy Hollywood persona. McCaslin believes that actions speak louder than words or beliefs, and her pieces encourage us to explore ways to live life as a mystical dance.

 

Each chapter is prefaced by one of McCaslins exquisite poems, leading the reader into a place of quiet contemplation from which to explore the writing.


Always intimate, always wise, Susan McCaslin brings alive the depths and heights of spiritual life with a rare persuasiveness. I come away from her writing convinced of the mystical realities she describes so vividly.

— Douglas Todd

In these essays, we get the best of both worlds – a scholar's clarity and a mystical poet's sensibility. McCaslin brings rare depth, both psychological and spiritual, to her writing. Prepare to be spiritually aroused.

— Bruce Sanguin, Author of Darwin, Divinity, and the Dance of the Cosmos

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