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 was the Bennett Fellow Writer-in-Residence at Phillips Exeter Academy for the 2015-16 school year. His books include Heading Home: Field Notes (Conundrum Press, May 2017), First Church of the Higher Elevations (Conundrum Press, 2015), a collection of essays on wildness, mountain places, and the life of the spirit, and Going Down Grand: Poems from the Canyon (Lithic Press, 2015), an anthology of Grand Canyon poems edited with Rick Kempa. Peter teaches writing at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado and lives with his family on the western slope of the Sangre de Cristo Range.

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