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Number of Pages: 296
Vendor: Ancient Faith Publishing
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Author: Angela Doll Carlson
Located in: Chicago, IL
Submitted: May 14, 2015
Tell us a little about yourself. Angela Doll Carlson is a poet and essayist best known for her work as Mrs Metaphor found on her blog at Mrsmetaphor.com. She connects the dots of daily life in an attempt to humbly reach the deep "a-ha" we all seek. Angela began to write as Mrs Metaphor in 2006 and has maintained a modest but dedicated following ever since.
Her work has appeared most recently in Burnside Writer's Collective, St. Katherine Review, Rock and Sling, "Good Letters," Ruminate Magazine Blog and Art House America. Her first book, Nearly Orthodox: On Being a Modern Woman in an Ancient Tradition is now widely available. Her next book, "Garden in the East" is due out from Ancient Faith Press in 2016.
Angela currently lives in Chicago, IL with her husband, David and her 4 outrageously spirited yet remarkably likable children.
What was your motivation behind this project? What began as a book about my conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy ended up being more about how I was raised, how I was formed and who I was becoming in the process of it all.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope that people will find a bit of their own struggles, a kindred spirit, a breath of good oxygen when they need it most.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? The writing of the book was cathartic, actually. I imagined I could have some distance on the work and write just what I saw and felt. In the writing, though, I felt I was able to settle into and understand better the person I was, the person I am and the person I hope I am becoming on this journey. It's humbling.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Scott Cairns, Luci Shaw, Kathleen Norris, Annie Dillard and Anne Morrow Lindberg are the strong influences that jump to mind first. That's the short list certainly.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: At its heart, this is not a book about religion. It's not a "how to" become Orthodox book. It is, however, a book about faith and about struggle. It is about being authentic and showing vulnerability. It's about essence and life and good things mixed with difficulty. I hope it finds you where you live and affirms the good things while helping lift you out of the difficulty even just a little bit.