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Arousing the Spirit

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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


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. -- Pregressive Christianity -- 20121010 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, Vancouver Sun -- 20110826 In these essays, we get the best of both worlds a 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 -- 20110826

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