Bright Shoots of Everlastingness

Paul J. Willis

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Subject Category: Essays
Length: 192 pages
Size: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
Binding: paper
Published: October 2005
ISBN: 978-0-9743427-7-1


"All true loves are full of quarrels, and these essays tangle through some of mine," writes Paul J. Willis. Candid, adventuresome, hilarious and soul-searching, Willis explores his conservative religious upbringing, his affinity for the Romantic poets, his lifelong avocation of mountaineering and his midlife understandings of faith and wilderness. Several of the twenty-one essays in this collection have appeared in publications such as Ascent, The Best American Spiritual Writing 2004, The Best Christian Writing 2006, Books & Culture, The Climbing Art, Image, The Other Side, Redwood Coast Review, River Teeth and Summit.

Winner of the 2005 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award in the essays category.


In the first printing of this book the essay SWAGS: The Next Generation (pp 143-149) is missing part of the last line. The line should read in full: "In a few years the children would be there too, deep into the backcountry we felt was ours, and peak by peak they would be there still as we safely watched from the shadowy canyons." You can download the complete essay here.

Book Excerpts

On Being and Becoming a Mountaineer [PDF]
SWAGS: The Next Generation [PDF]

Table of Contents


The Shore

Bright Shoots of Everlastingness
Care to Dance?
All the World

The Mountain

Where Are the Leaders of Tomorrow?
The Kahiltna Open: Scenes from a Climb
All the Way Down
One Fine Morning

The Valley

Inspirational Romance
Spokane: A Triptych
But Basney Says
Lattice Bridge Road
A Wilderness Journal
To Be in England

The Hills

SWAGS: The Next Generation
Whitney at Forty: An Alzheimer's Expedition
On Being and Becoming a Mountaineer
New Seeds in California: The Contemplative Journals of John Leax
Development Dreams


Do You Want Some Company?
Accidental Admissions
The Wardrobe Wars