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First Church of the Higher Elevations
First Church of the Higher Elevations

First Church of the Higher Elevations

Mountains, Prayer and Presence



184 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Trade Paper, $14.99 (US $14.99) (CA $17.99)

Publication Date: June 2015

ISBN 9781942280170

Rights: US & CA

Conundrum Press (Jun 2015)

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These contemplative essays, written for seekers and wanderers, explore the complexity of the scripture of place, the geography of the heart, the landscape of imagination, and the topography of memory. Thoughtful and rich in spirit, the book discusses a personal relationship to place and prayer. Dark, serious, joyful, and funny, it is a perfect companion on a trek through the woods or in the comfort of your own home.


"It is the natural world's invitation to emptiness that Peter Anderson explores in these essays set in the mountains and basins of Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico. In these places, he finds silence, solitude, stillness, and, in the wilder part of prayer, a glimpse of something just beyond sight."  —David Romtvedt, former Poet Laureate of Wyoming and author, Windmills: Essays from Four Mile Ranch 

"[Peter Anderson's] journeys reveal the grace of the sacred in those luminous high places, and also in the ordinary moments of life."  —Susan Tweit, author, Wild and Worthless: Living in the Chihuahuan Desert

Author Biography

Peter Anderson won an Academy of American Poets award while earning an M.A. in American Studies at the University of Wyoming. He also earned an MDiv at Earlham School of Religion, a Quaker seminary, where he subsequently taught writing for several years. Peter teaches in the English department at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado and lives with his family on the western slope of the Sangre de Cristo Range in Colorado's San Luis Valley.