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A Private History of Awe by Scott Russell Sanders is a beautiful testament to the power and fragility of this thing we call life--and the language we use to describe it. In his memoir, this gentle man holds in balance the wonder of the beginnings of life and the terrible waning of life as it ends. And he uses this balance to frame the story of his search for communion with the source of power that runs through all living things, all of nature, all of the universe. He guides us through stories of his youth in Tennessee and Ohio, his years in college, and his courtship and early married life with his wife. These memories are shared in parallel with recent interactions with his new granddaughter and his aging mother.