Down from the Mountaintop: From Belief to Belonging (Paperback)Joshua Dolezal (author)
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For more than a decade, Dolezal taught in the Midwest throughout the school year but returned to Montana and Idaho in the summers to work as a firefighter and wilderness ranger. He reveled in the life of the body and the purifying effects of isolation and nature, believing he had found transcendence. Yet his summers tied him even more to the mountain landscape, fueling his sense of exile on the plains.
It took falling in love, marrying and starting a family in Iowa to allow Dolezal to fully examine his desire for a spiritual mountaintop from which to view the world. In doing so, he undergoes a fundamental redefinition of the nature of home and belonging. He learns to accept the plains on their own terms, moving from condemnation to acceptance and from isolation to community.Coming down from the mountaintop means opening himself to relationships, grounding himself as a husband, father, and gardener who learns that where things grow, the grower also takes root.
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Number of pages: 190
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
"Joshua Dolezal traces the map of his life with the instincts of a poet and the sure direction of a cartographer. Intimate and lyrical, his story is one of fallen faith, found love, and the way we must sometimes circle back to find what we have lost."--Kim Barnes, author, In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country