Professor Guy Newland recently read the new Wisdom book, Jan Willis’s Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist, and Buddhist — One Woman’s Spiritual Journey, and was immediately moved to write to the author. He was also kind enough to share his letter so that we may share it with you…:
Hello Professor Willis,
We met briefly when you visited the University of Virginia to give a talk on in the 1980s. Your talk, as I recall, was about getting living Tibetans to tell their own stories, to create spiritual autobiography. I was a grad student of Jeffrey Hopkins then.
For some reason I just happened across your book Dreaming Me this week and it knocked me out. I guess your students WOULD say you tell a good story.
Wow, thanks for telling it! I have to find a way to get his book into my classroom.
Well, I just like to write fan mail when I read a great book by a living author — so here it is.
Guy Newland, Chairperson
Department of Philosophy and Religion
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Learn more about this stunning book and its author — one of TIME’s Top Religious Innovators for the New Millennium — here.