Reviews

Grace in a Wintry Season
Edwin Steinmann
Florence Fleming LLC
P.O. Box 365, Saint James, MO 65559
www.graceinawintryseason.com
9780996184106, $11.99, 154pp, www.amazon.com

Synopsis: “Grace in a Wintry Season: Feeling Our Creator’s Love in a World Grown Distant and Cold – and Loving in Return” is a spiritual memoir by Edwin Steinmann, a retired lawyer whose career included being a public defender, a prosecutor, an assistant attorney general, and other positions within the state of Missouri. “Grace in a Wintry Season” focuses on fourteen dreams that Steinmann had over a number of years, and also on one extraordinary inner vision (“mystical experience”). They persuaded him that what our predecessors experienced as God is still with us, and that he, she, or it is self-revealing, loving and healing. “Grace in a Wintry Season” is Steinmann’s effort to help others discern his, her, or its presence in themselves, in order to feel God’s love and to love God in return.

Critique: Impressive and exceptionally well written, organized and presented, “Grace in a Wintry Season: Feeling Our Creator’s Love in a World Grown Distant and Cold – and Loving in Return” is a compelling and absorbing read that is as thoughtful and thought-provoking as it is inspired and inspiring. Very highly recommended to the attention of the non-specialist general reader with an interest in spirituality and metaphysics, “Grace in a Wintry Season” is highly recommended for community library Religion/Spirituality collections.For personal reading lists it should be noted that “Grace in a Wintry Season” is also available in a Kindle edition ($3.99). (January 2016, Small Press Bookwatch, Reviewer’s Choice: http://midwestbookreview.com/sbw/jan_16.htm#rc)

Grace In a Wintry Season
Edwin Steinmann, author
Florence Fleming LLC
P.O. Box 365, Saint James, MO 65559
9780996184106, $11.99, www.graceinawintryseason.com

“Grace In a Wintry Season: Feeling our Creator’s Love in a World Grown Distant and Cold – and Loving in Return” is a careful exploration of dream contents to derive enhanced spiritual understanding. It becomes the mirror of an individual’s journey from skepticism, or religious unbelief, to a deep mysticism, and an overwhelming awareness of the transcendent, or grace. The author was formerly Catholic, then Protestant, and finally neither in his beliefs. At the age of 42, he consciously decided to pursue examination of his dreams to unlock spirituality. This experiment was life changing and eye-opening, a turning point that led to a metaphorical opening of the floodgates for the author. “Grace” has been described as a memoir, a series of mystical visions, or a quest for spiritual oneness. It is all that and more. It is a powerful seeking of something eventually labeled as Vita, perhaps a female consciousness hidden inside a male body, or even the reverse, or both. To follow some of the dreams and interpretations in “Grace In a Wintry Season,” the reader must engage in some form of suspension of disbelief. Once so freed, the power of the visions revealed can be astonishing. It is perhaps trite to conclude that the core findings of “Grace” involve spiritual transcendence. But it is difficult to discuss or explain these dreams and inner visions. One must tread carefully, respecting the birthing pains of the author and creator of dreams. What emerges is a new definition of spiritual awareness, perhaps a new definition of the love of the infinite, whom some call God. The author uses several techniques of word amalgamation to convey a sense of perhaps powerful love transcending sexuality. Poems are quoted to define new and old visions; Matthew Arnold’s “Dover Beach,” and Ulrich Schaffer’s “the man who rowed across the ocean.” In the end, in the Conclusion, the author thanks the reader for accompanying him on his dream vision quest and analysis, and charges him finally with classic advice: “Know thyself.” “Grace In a Wintry Season” is a challenging but rewarding book of faith and self discovery, one of enduring complex enigmas that many will find inspiring and intriguing. (January 2016 Lorraine’s Bookshelf: http://midwestbookreview.com/mbw/jan_16.htm#lorraine)

ANOTHER REVIEW (from Warsaw, Poland, January 2016) at:
http://e-jungian.com/edwin-steinmann-grace-in-a-wintry-season/#comment-53829

AND ANOTHER (December 2015, Bill Tammeus’ “Faith Matters Blog”: http://billtammeus.typepad.com/my_weblog/2015/12/12-10-15.html#storylink=cpyhttp://billtammeus.typepad.com/my_weblog/2015/12/12-10-15.html