First Church of the Higher Elevations

Mountains, Prayer, and Presence

by Peter Anderson


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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



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Conundrum Press









5.5 x 8.5

Publication Date

June 1, 2015

The Author

Peter Anderson

Peter Anderson

Peter Anderson's most recent book is Reading Colorado: A Literary Road Guide. Other books include Heading Home: Field Notes, a collection of flash prose and prose poems exploring rural life and the modern day eccentricities of the American West and First Church of the Higher Elevations, a collection of essays on wildness, mountains, and the life of the spirit. He lives with his family on the western slope of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in southern Colorado where he launched the Crestone Poetry Festival, an annual gathering of southwestern poets.

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