The Winter Seeking
By Vinita Hampton Wright
(WaterBrook Press, Hardcover, 9781578568277, 144pp.)
Publication Date: October 21, 2003
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Share the Journey to the Heart of the Manger.
Twenty-two-year-old Mary Georgiana Reese faces a gauntlet of pain and loss: her parents’ divorce and her dad’s remarriage, her mother’s battle with cancer, and her own recent breakup. Amidst such turmoil, she can’t imagine facing Christmas with her mom’s family in Atlanta. Then she is confronted with one more unnerving shift: her mother’s reconnection with the Christian faith of her youth.
Though Mary Georgiana has little use for religion, she attempts for her mother’s sake to understand this spiritual reawakening. In the process, she comes face to face with another Mary: a virgin heavy with child, making her own uncertain journey through circumstances that bring both fear and hope. As their two stories intertwine, each young woman travels through a season of pain and joy, with surprising results. Their dual journey of winter seeking, centered on the Christ child, invites you to an experience of the Nativity unlike any other.
Vinita Hampton Wright, a novelist and editor who conducts creative formation workshops at conferences and retreats around the country, is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Grace at Bender Springs and Velma Still Cooks in Leeway. She and her husband, Jim, a professional photographer, live in Chicago.
“A touching story of a woman's search for her place in the world, as only Vinita Hampton Wright can tell it.”
–Philip Gulley, author of the Harmony series
“Spiritual without being sentimental, The Winter Seeking is the perfect short read on a cold Christmassy night. I know that curling up with this novella will now be part of my annual Yuletide tradition.”
–Lauren Winner, author of Girl Meets God and Mudhouse Sabbath
“Vinita Hampton Wright covers a lot of emotional ground in her novella The Winter Seeking. This story evocatively depicts a refreshing and inspiring journey to faith that the reader shares alongside Jana. As a songwriter, I am always moved by fresh perspectives, and this story truly delivers a new glimpse into the nativity.”
–Jill Paquette, Singer/songwriter
“My Christmas shopping problems have been solved! I will be getting copies of The Winter Seeking for all my family, friends, and spiritual companions. This warm and deftly written novella gives hope to those of us who hold to our faith in these uncertain times. The Winter Seeking serves as an easily opened door to the world of Christian meditation, as well as being an entertaining and heart warming reading experience. Those of us who have enjoyed Vinita Wright’s other novels are not surprised to see her characters come to life on the page and enrich our lives. I didn’t want this novella to end.”
–Lyn Holley Doucet, author of Water from Stones and A Healing Walk with St. Ignatius; Spiritual Director, The Emmaus Center of Spiritual Direction, Our Lady of the Oaks Grand Coteau, Louisiana
“The novella recounts a quiet and touching transformation, and Wright’s decision to keep the emotions retrained actually makes the story pack a more authentic and lasting wallop.”
-- Publisher's Weekly