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by Levi S Peterson

ISBN: 0874808510
ISBN13: 978-0874808513
Language: English
Publisher: University of Utah Press; 1st edition (June 15, 2006)
Pages: 480
Category: Leaders and Notable People
Subategory: Memoris

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In his autobiography, Peterson describes growing up on the Mormon frontier of rural Arizona, his growing skepticism with his Mormon faith, his . Be the first to ask a question about A Rascal by Nature, A Christian by Yearning. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

In his autobiography, Peterson describes growing up on the Mormon frontier of rural Arizona, his growing skepticism with his Mormon faith, his teaching career at Weber State University, and his struggle to understand and master personal crises of confidence that kept him in therapy for almost two decades. Of particular interest to readers familiar with Peterson’s fiction are the many pages devoted to the creative process. Winner of the Mormon History Association Turner-Bergera Best Biography Award.

A Mormon Autobiography. Levi S. Peterson is emeritus professor of English at Weber State University. I will introduce myself with a few facts. I was born and raised in Snowflake, a Mormon town in northern Arizona. At first I intended this book to be about wilderness, but as I wrote it, it became an autobiography with many themes. Among these themes are wilderness, my vexed and vexing relationship with Mormonism, my moral and emotional qualities, and my family. So begins the autobiography of educator and author Levi S. Peterson. Table of Contents: Acknowledgments.

Peterson, Levi . ed. (1983), Greening Wheat: Fifteen Mormon Short Stories, Orion Books, ISBN 0941214125, OCLC . - (2006), A Rascal by Nature, A Christian by Yearning: A Mormon Autobiography, University of Utah Press, ISBN 978-0-87480-851-3, OCLC 62766043. (1983), Greening Wheat: Fifteen Mormon Short Stories, Orion Books, ISBN 0941214125, OCLC 10118168. - (1986), The Backslider, Signature Books, ISBN 0941214451, OCLC 14378627. - (1988), Juanita Brooks: Mormon Woman Historian, Utah Centennial Series, University of Utah Press, ISBN 978-1-60781-151-0, OCLC 18106573. - (1990), Night Soil: New Stories, Signature Books, ISBN 1560850035, OCLC 21873653. 1933-, Peterson, Levi . (2011). Levi Peterson’s autobiography is an amazing story told with an astonishing candor. His narrative skill, learned through years of writing fiction, creates anticipation. The telling is earnest, engaged, and even ardent

A Mormon Autobiography. I have lived most of my adult life in the cities of the American West. The telling is earnest, engaged, and even ardent. The facts in his life story are never simply that-they are pondered. They become an odyssey of self-discovery and courageous self-revelation.

So begins the autobiography of educator and author Levi S. Peterson

So begins the autobiography of educator and author Levi S. Peterson has won a wide readership for his novels and short stories, his prize-winning biography of historian Juanita Brooks, and the essays that have appeared with regularity in western and Mormon literary and historical journals

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by Nature, a Christian by Yearning : A Mormon Autobiography.

A Rascal by Nature, a Christian by Yearning : A Mormon Autobiography. Although I consider myself a religious person, I know very little about God.

Levi Savage Peterson is a Mormon biographer, essayist and fictionist whose best-known works include a seminal biography of. .

Levi Savage Peterson is a Mormon biographer, essayist and fictionist whose best-known works include a seminal biography of Juanita Brooks, his own autobiography, and his novel The Backslider, "standard for the contemporary Mormon novel". He was born and reared in the Mormon community of Snowflake, Arizona and is an emeritus professor of English at Weber State University.

Levi Savage Peterson (born 1933) is a Mormon biographer, essayist and fictionist whose best-known works include a.

Levi Savage Peterson (born 1933) is a Mormon biographer, essayist and fictionist whose best-known works include a seminal biography of Juanita Brooks, his own autobiography, and his novel The Backslider, "standard for the contemporary Mormon novel".

Levi S. Peterson is an emeritus professor of English at Weber State University (Utah), an essayist, novelist, and biographer. His books include Aspen Marooned, The Backslider, The Canyons of Grace, Greening Wheat: Fifteen Mormon Short Stories, Night Soil: New Stories, and biography Juanita Brooks: Mormon Woman Historian. His published his autobiography, A Rascal by Nature, A Christian by Yearning, in 2006. Kid Kirby won a 2016 Association for Mormon Letters award for best short fiction.

I will introduce myself with a few facts. I was born and raised in Snowflake, a Mormon town in northern Arizona. I have lived most of my adult life in the cities of the American West. Although I consider myself a religious person, I know very little about God. At first I intended this book to be about wilderness, but as I wrote it, it became an autobiography with many themes. Among these themes are wilderness, my vexed and vexing relationship with Mormonism, my moral and emotional qualities, and my family.' So begins the autobiography of educator and author Levi S. Peterson. Peterson has won a wide readership for his novels and short stories, his prize-winning biography of historian Juanita Brooks, and the essays that have appeared with regularity in western and Mormon literary and historical journals. In his autobiography, Peterson describes growing up on the Mormon frontier of rural Arizona, his growing skepticism with his Mormon faith, his teaching career at Weber State University, and his struggle to understand and master personal crises of confidence that kept him in therapy for almost two decades. Of particular interest to readers familiar with Peterson’s fiction are the many pages devoted to the creative process. Winner of the Mormon History Association Turner-Bergera Best Biography Award. 
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Adorardana
Most Americans today think they know about "the Mormons." The pigeon-hole is neatly filled: dark-suited missionaries, the

toothy smiles of the Osmonds, the upright forcefulness of the

Romneys, the weird culture of Utah--among the reddest of the red states--plus that slightly titillating business about polygamy, now on the small screen for your viewing pleasure.

Levi Savage Peterson's A RASCAL BY NATURE, A CHRISTIAN BY YEARNING will empty your pigeonhole fast. Peterson takes you into the large and troubled heart of a man whose blood and bones are pioneer, mainstream to the last shred, but whose mind and spirit cannot endure any shackling of free choice.

The book will enlighten and inspire you about more than Mormons. This astoundingly honest and introspective autobiography offers

rich insights into that great icon, "The American West," from a man who has both embodied and intensely loved this mysterious part of the world. The sky-filled landscape, the smell of wildness, the feel of dust sandpapering your eyelids as you work--every sense is attended to.

As I read the final pages, what most swelled my heart was the enormous courage of the writer. Peterson's day-by-day life, rich in accomplishment and adventure(as teacher, scholar, writer, member of a very large and close extended family, liberal advocate, outdoorsman),has also been full of nightmares.

These range from mental health challenges that include paralyzing panic attacks to sudden, stark deaths of loved ones,to the constant question of whether he was to live a double life (rascal? mainstream Mormon?) or a life of integrity and honesty of soul.

If Levi Peterson is a rascal, may God send us more of them.

Dagdalas
Levi Peterson is the author of The Backslider, perhaps the most significant modern LDS novel, and a host of great, hilarious, thought-provoking short stories that have drawn comparisons to those of Flannery O'Connor. Now in the twilight of his life and (as he writes) "running out of sunsets", he has written a life story that is really incomparable to any other Mormon autobiography. Peterson is also famous for his masterful biography of the great LDS historian Juanita Brooks (Juanita Brooks: Mormon Woman Historian (Utah Centennial Series, Vol 5)). In that book he was meticulously thorough and breathtakingly forthright. In telling his own story he applies the same method with gratifyingly similar results. You may wince when you read some parts, but you will always be enlightened and seldom bored.

Perhaps the most startling news to come out of this book is Peterson's confessions of (seeming) disbelief in the central tenets of Mormonism, and his lifelong struggle with overwhelming anxiety and depression (what he calls his "pathology.") Apparently the tortured protagonist of "The Backslider" was autobiographical as well. Peterson writes of his youthful sexual peccadillos (which caused him tremendous shame, but at this late, great distance in time his feelings seem quaint indeed). The chapter, "A Missionary", about his experiences as a young Elder in the French mission, is a blunt but ultimately affirmative account of the trials of this form of discipleship, which any returned missionary will recognize as authentic. It was on his mission that he made the conscious decision to "remake his moral life" outside the Mormon church. He deliberately set out to marry someone who wasn't a traditional Mormon, and ended up wedding his wonderful Althea, a non-member who was attending Brigham Young University (and who has yet to join the church.) But Peterson could neither believe, nor be comfortable in his unbelief. Even as his mind held a naturalistic view of the universe, his heart (and Mormons would argue, promptings of the Holy Spirit) kept bringing him back to the Mormonism of his youth. He became a respected professor of English at Weber State University in Ogden Utah, who specialized in the literature of the American west. In the 1980's he began to write the series of books that would transform Mormon fiction. Peterson wonderfully and fully explicates how he drew the "maimed, misfit and shut-out" of the church into a view of redemption that does in fact echo the vision of Flannery O'Connor (although Peterson denies the comparison, saying he's only read a handful of O'Connor's stories and was more influenced by Faulkner.)

It seems that Peterson has been at war with himself for most of his life and has finally reached a level of happiness and contentment within his family and literary work. He describes his continuing encounters with "holiness" despite his intellectual doubts about such a concept. In his chronicling of the lives of his extended family, in which he is inextricably linked, this book is Mormon to the core. This book really could be considered a "family history" of the Petersons, and a beautiful example of a central LDS insight: that we don't just live our own lives, but the lives of those dear to us as well. This book really is a big event in Mormon letters, and as another reviewer here put it, if we are going to have rascals they should all be like Levi.

Gandree
For Mormons and those interested in Mormon culture, this is a fascinating read. Those who are not familiar with Mormon culture will probably wonder what it's all about.

It describes the live of a man who has become a disbeliever in diety, but whose connections to the LDS culture in which he was raised are far too tight to completely sever, and who is too conflicted in his beliefs to recognize and deal with some fundamental contradictions in them.

The central contradiction is this: He says he doesn't believe in God, presumably that also excludes belief in a life after mortal death. However, his love for his wife is too great for him to accept the logical conclusion that their relationship will end when one of them dies. He yearns for them to be together in the hereafter in which he doesn't believe. He's convinced that the God in whom he doesn't believe will honor their love by granting them an immortal future together inspite of his (Levi's) refusal to sacramentalize his marriage at an altar in an LDS temple, which, according to the God in whom he does not believe is the only way a mortal marriage may become eternal.

To a believing Mormon like me that's a fascinating and almost unbearably sad story. Levi wants it both ways, but part of him knows that can never be.

Lilegha
I have not finished this book but I really enjoy it. It is true to life.

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