A Rascal by Nature, a Christian by Yearning: A Mormon Autobiography (Hardback)
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A Rascal by Nature, a Christian by Yearning: A Mormon Autobiography (Hardback)

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Hardback 465 Pages / Published: 30/06/2006
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I will introduce myself with a few facts. I was born and raised in Snowflake, a Mormon town in northern Arizona. I have lived most of my adult life in the cities of the American West. Although I consider myself a religious person, I know very little about God. At first I intended this book to be about wilderness, but as I wrote it, it became an autobiography with many themes. Among these themes are wilderness, my vexed and vexing relationship with Mormonism, my moral and emotional qualities, and my family.' So begins the autobiography of educator and author Levi S. Peterson.
Peterson has won a wide readership for his novels and short stories, his prize-winning biography of historian Juanita Brooks, and the essays that have appeared with regularity in western and Mormon literary and historical journals. In his autobiography, Peterson describes growing up on the Mormon frontier of rural Arizona, his growing skepticism with his Mormon faith, his teaching career at Weber State University, and his struggle to understand and master personal crises of confidence that kept him in therapy for almost two decades. Of particular interest to readers familiar with Peterson's fiction are the many pages devoted to the creative process.

Winner of the Mormon History Association Turner-Bergera Best Biography Award.

Publisher: University of Utah Press,U.S.
ISBN: 9780874808513
Number of pages: 465
Weight: 812 g
Dimensions: 236 x 161 x 32 mm


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"Levi Peterson's autobiography is an amazing story told with an astonishing candor. His narrative skill, learned through years of writing fiction, creates anticipation. The telling is earnest, engaged, and even ardent. The facts in his life story are never simply that--they are pondered. They become an odyssey of self-discovery and courageous self-revelation. The autobiography, in short, is a rigorously examined life in the sense Socrates meant when he said that the unexamined life is not worth living."--William Mulder, emeritus professor of English, University of Utah


"Certainly the most honest rendition of a life I have ever read.... His artistic account of his own life enriches our own."--Utah Historical Quarterly


"Like Peterson's fiction, his memoir is writ large--it is big-hearted, often funny, sometimes tragic but always the truth, at least as seen by the author."--Deseret Morning News


"Levi is a good storyteller, and he approaches the writing of his own story with the craftsmanship he displays in his other writing."--Sunstone


"Levi Peterson is nothing if not a marvelous wordsmith. Those who enjoy reading about writers and how they ply their craft will find much to enjoy about this book."--Association for Mormon Letters

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