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by Henry D. Thoreau,Bradley P. Dean

Category: Essays and Correspondence
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Henry D. Thoreau,Bradley P. Dean
ISBN: 0393327566
ISBN13: 978-0393327564
Language: English
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (November 17, 2005)
Pages: 192
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Letters to a Spiritual Seeker Paperback – November 17, 2005

Letters to a Spiritual Seeker Paperback – November 17, 2005.

Letters to a Spiritual Seeker book. The fifty letters that ensued, collected here for the first time in their own volume by Thoreau specialist Bradley P. Dean, are by turns earnest, oracular, witty, playful, practical- and deeply insightful and inspiring, as one would expect from America's best prose stylist and great moral philosopher.

Letters to a spiritual seeker. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862; Dean, Bradley P; Blake, H. G. O. (Harrison Gray Otis), 1816?-1898. Internet Archive Books. t on October 19, 2011.

In seeking to understand nature, Thoreau sought to "lead a fresh, simple life with Go. In 1848 a seeker named . Henry D. Thoreau, Bradley P. Dean, Abigail Rorer. In 1848 a seeker named Harrison Blake, yearning for a spiritual life of his own, asked the then-fledgling writer for guidance. This wonderful book is both a practical and a philosophical field guide to the natural gifts of the American countryside.

Letters to a Spiritual Seeker" by the magnificent Henry David Thoreau is a wonderful and spiritually inspired/inspiring book! I just got it, and it's perfect for dipping into for Thoreau's deep and moving insights

Letters to a Spiritual Seeker" by the magnificent Henry David Thoreau is a wonderful and spiritually inspired/inspiring book! I just got it, and it's perfect for dipping into for Thoreau's deep and moving insights

Letters to a Spiritual Seeker Paperback – 17 Nov 2005. In 1848 Harrison Blake wrote to Henry David Thoreau asking for guidance with his spiritual life and thereby initiated this series of forty-nine letters which carried on till a year before Thoreau's untimely death in 1862

Letters to a Spiritual Seeker Paperback – 17 Nov 2005. by. Henry David Thoreau (Author). In 1848 Harrison Blake wrote to Henry David Thoreau asking for guidance with his spiritual life and thereby initiated this series of forty-nine letters which carried on till a year before Thoreau's untimely death in 1862.

The writing of Henry David Thoreau is as full of life today as it was when he published Walden one hundred .

The writing of Henry David Thoreau is as full of life today as it was when he published Walden one hundred years ago. In seeking to understand nature, Thoreau sought to lead a fresh, simple life with God. In 1848 a seeker named Harrison Blake, yearning for a spiritual life of his own, asked the then-fledgling writer for guidance

Henry David Thoreau; Bradley P Dean. Letters to a Spiritual Seeker.

Henry David Thoreau; Bradley P Dean. This button opens a dialog that displays additional images for this product with the option to zoom in or out. Tell us if something is incorrect. Henry David Thoreau; Bradley P Dean. Let me just confess something up front: I bought this book because of the beautiful canoe on the cover. Sure, I rationalized it in other ways. Spiritual" in the title peaked my interest, and I did appreciate Walden. But it was the canoe sold it. Dean, are by turns earnest, oracular, witty, playful, practical- and deeply insightful and inspiring, as one would expect from America’s best prose stylist and great moral philosopher.

"With quotable lines on every page, this is an important and affecting addition to the Thoreau shelf." ―Booklist

The writing of Henry David Thoreau is as full of life today as it was when he published Walden one hundred years ago. In seeking to understand nature, Thoreau sought to "lead a fresh, simple life with God." In 1848 a seeker named Harrison Blake, yearning for a spiritual life of his own, asked the then-fledgling writer for guidance. The fifty letters that ensued, collected here for the first time in their own volume by Thoreau specialist Bradley P. Dean, are by turns earnest, oracular, witty, playful, practical― and deeply insightful and inspiring, as one would expect from America's best prose stylist and great moral philosopher.
Comments to eBook Letters to a Spiritual Seeker
Mbon
As always, Thoreau's words are as poignant today as they were 150 years ago. His musings on life and the purpose of it are a beacon to all seekers. His critique of society's ills continue to ring true - though society and culture have changed dramatically since his time, the nature of mankind has essentially stayed the same; the social, cultural, political, and financial challenges we face today are much the same and are a result of our slow evolution. Thoreau provides insight into the core of these issues.
Hugighma
I've been reading H.D. Thoreau's letters to Harrison Blake this winter and taking my time about it. As always, Thoreau's insights and manner of expression are a joy to experience. It would be wonderful to have Blake's letters to Thoreau but I understand that they have been lost. Some of the fifty letters are purely prosaic and could have perhaps been omitted, although even these provide historical perspective on Thoreau's life.

Bradley P. Dean's introduction and footnotes are helpful and interesting but some of the notes are redundant, speculative and refer to self-explanatory content. I got tired of going back and forth from the text to the notes. Perhaps it would have been better to have put the notes at the bottom of the pages rather than at the back of the book. I might recommend reading the letters straight through first, so as not to break the continuity of the narrative, and then going back to read the notes later. In all, an enjoyable winter read.
Buzatus
I read “Letters to a Spiritual Seeker”, but I didn’t find very much spirituality in the book that was impressive to me. It seemed to me that Thoreau was greatly inclined toward a veneration of nature (maybe with a capital “N” – Nature). I don’t recall reading in his letters any comments about God’s will for humanity, any practice of prayer, or any sort of acceptance of serious spirituality.

As for myself, I got the impression that if he had lived during the 1960s and 1970s, Thoreau might have almost fit in with the hippies of that era. My impressions of Thoreau might be off the mark, but I could not find myself in any substantial way identifying with his interests, philosophies, worldview, or values. Yet, I don’t doubt that he was a man of unusually strong character. For that I think he deserved credit.

I read the editor’s numerous notes to Thoreau’s letters, but I found most of the notes a bit boring. I cannot well bring myself to give this book more than 3 stars, given how uninspired I felt by reading it. We all have different tastes, interests, and values. You may find the book much more engaging than I did.
Iaran
I found this one at logos in Santa Cruz for 3 bucks. I loved it.

Thoreau had a friend, Harrison Blake, who had deep respect for thoreau, and asked for thoreau's guidance. They ended up corresponding for 13 years. These are 50 letters which Blake kept.

The title uses the word spiritual seeker, which carried a different connotation to me. I thought of it as prayer etc. but spiritual for Blake and Thoreau is more about enjoying life. Thoreau, if you know anything about him, was a big proponent of simplicity and natural things to provide a genuine enjoyment of life, to be spiritually alive. These letters describe that life.

In the longer letter 12, and letter 25 he addresses a critic that is my primary criticism of everything I've read by thoreau: "much in them (thoreau's books) is 'namby-pamby' -'stuff' -'mystical'. Why will not I (thoreau), having common sense, write in plain English always, teach men in detail how to live a simpler life, etc. not go off into -----? But I say I have no scheme about it."
He goes on to say that he writes books not so that others may have a formula on how to live, but the books are a part of his living well.

Understanding that, know that he will spend a lot of time on things we probably don't care about (depth of walden pond, the flowers he found during last weeks' walk) is helpful when reading anything by thoreau. Which I recommend to do. You will think about and be encouraged to live a life worth living, simple, natural and interesting.
Ferne
I bought this copy for a friend because I so loved my own copy. If one is a Thoreau fan, you must read his letters. Here he shares his deepest thoughts, pains and ideas, and frankly, Letters to a Spiritual Seeker fleshes out one's knowledge of the real Thoreau.
Froststalker
I have always loved Thoreau since I found a book of his many years ago and this is one I didn't have. I haven't had time yet to read it but I know it will be amazing, as is all of his work. The book is in perfect condition, no bent pages and the front and back are nice and crisp as are all the other pages.
Samuhn
thank you
"Letters to a Spiritual Seeker" by the magnificent Henry David Thoreau is a wonderful and spiritually inspired/inspiring book! I just got it, and it's perfect for dipping into for Thoreau's deep and moving insights. Bradley P. Dean's footnotes are excellent and very helpful, and I am grateful for the effort he has put into making these letters available to us.

One of my favorite and profoundly thought-provoking letters is the one where he speaks about a muskrat's den he found (during his wanderings) in an analogy for understanding how so much "doing" is necessary for arriving at a little bit of "being" in this world. There is something realistic but consoling at the same time in reading that letter. The book is worth getting just for this letter alone!

Although he wrote in the 19th century, many of his deeper ideas are still valid and very spiritually nourishing, and this book makes me want to read Thoreau's other writings.
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