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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Mormon Writer Terry Tempest Williams Explores Religion In Life
Publishers Weekly pg69 3Apr00
By Charlotte Abbott; Sarah F Gold and Mark Rotella;

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- Mormon naturalist writer Terry Tempest Williams' new book "Leap" will be released next month, giving readers an insight into her explorations on religion in life. Williams, who's previous books looked at environmental issues, this time explores her own childhood and the place of religion in life.

"Leap" recounts Williams' encounter as a child with the15-th century work of Hieronymus Bosch, who's paintings "Paradise" and "Hell" were thumbtacked above her bed as a child. Only as an adult did she discover that Bosch meant for the two works to hang with a third, more erotic painting which had been hiddend from her as a child.

Using this experience as a starting point, Williams "builds a monument to the richness of Mormon culture in the life of a woman who is fiercely environmentalist, feminist, aware," says Publishers Weekly. She mixes her philosophical musings with everyday events of a trip to Spain and with writings of a diverse group of writers including Virginia Woolf and Charles Darwin, sometimes burdening the work with excessive detail, but producing a full work exploring religion in life.

As a child, her great-uncle once asked her and a cousin, "What principle of the Gospel of Jesus Christ means the most to you?" "Obedience," the cousin replied. "Free agency,"answered Williams. Her memoir searchingly explores the distance and tension between these answers.


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