This is an edifying and spiritually uplifting collection of a writings by Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Dillard. She has chosen the following selections: a revision of "Holy the Firm"; chapters from "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek" and "An American Childhood"; excerpts from "Teaching a Stone to Talk"; "The Living," a short story with the same characters as her novel of that title; a few poems; and one uncollected essay.

Dillard's exquisite prose carries her visionary insights straight into our hearts. Here are examples of her skills as a modern day mystic, a wilderness philosopher, a professional critic, and an essayist whose epiphanies both astonish and amaze.