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Down from the Mountaintop: From Belief to Belonging (Paperback)
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Down from the Mountaintop: From Belief to Belonging (Paperback)

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Paperback 190 Pages / Published: 30/03/2014
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A lyrical coming-of-age memoir, Down from the Mountaintop chronicles a quest for belonging. Raised in northwestern Montana by Pentecostal homesteaders whose twenty-year experiment in subsistence living was closely tied to their faith, Joshua Dolezal experienced a childhood marked equally by his parents' quest for spiritual transcendence and the surrounding Rocky Mountain landscape. Unable to fully embrace the fundamentalism of his parents, he began to search for religious experience elsewhere: in baseball, books, and weightlifting, then later in migrations to Tennessee, Nebraska and Uruguay. Yet even as he sought to understand his place in the world, he continued to yearn for his mountain home.

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
ISBN: 9781609382391
Number of pages: 190
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


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"From a mountaintop childhood of baseball, the Bible, huckleberry picking, and revival meetings, Joshua Dolezal narrates his story of outmigration. Yet, even as he recounts his escape, the high rugged home lives irrevocably inside Dolezal, just as it will haunt the reader after experiencing this lush, transporting, and heartfelt memoir."--Debra Marquart, author, The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere
"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

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