About Desert Spirit Press
Desert Spirit Press creates books on desert spirituality and culture by Father Brad Karelius, and general spirituality by Dr. James Prothero.
Desert Spirit Places: The Sacred Southwest
The iconic landscape of the American Southwest reveals the luminescent Mitten rock formations, looming rock arches, and the vast sagebrush oceans made vivid and memorable by writer Tony Hillerman, artist Georgia O’Keefe, and director John Ford. Professor Brad Karelius, drawing on forty years of college teaching, will guide you into hidden mysteries of the sacred as revealed by the Zuni, Navajo/Dine, Hopi, Hispanos, and desert mystics as you seek spiritual encounters in these desert spirit places.
Encounters with the World’s Religions: The Numinous on Highway 395
A spectacular stretch of earth, the Eastern Sierra region of California reveals volcanic reefs, desert sand dunes, majestic mountains, and snow-fed lakes and rivers. Drawing on forty years of college teaching on the world’s religions, Professor Brad Karelius is your guide, uncovering deep spiritual dimensions in this achingly beautiful place. This book shares crystallizations of religious wisdom collected through the ages, and finely tuned descriptions of holy sites, which you may visit, that will draw you deeper in your personal encounters with world spiritualities.
The Form of Faith
The Form of Faith is a hybrid work, part spiritual autobiography and part essay-a style that stands in a long and honorable line going back to Lewis, Newman, and ultimately Augustine. Moreover, this work was created in response to the question that loomed large in the author’s mind and with which he still wrestles: how does one live a Christian witness in the twenty-first century that is not culturally hijacked by political identification and can speak to the millennial generation?
The Spirit in the Desert: Pilgrimages to Sacred Sites in the Owens Valley
I created this book out of my many desert retreats during the health crises of our son Erik. The book is a detailed guide to eleven Native American and Euro American sites that invite you to make your own contemplative visits to this soul-soaked desert landscape near Mount Whitney, California. I present detailed maps and anthropological background to inform your visits.
Simply Mary: Meditations on the Real Life of the Mother of Christ
The Virgin Mary has appeared to thousands and performed miracles from the early fifth century until now. Millions around the world are devoted to her. But have we wrapped so much elevating imagery around her that we’ve lost the real woman who gave birth to Our Lord?
Simply Mary: Meditations on the Real Life of the Mother of Christ answers these questions in a combination of reflection and biography, exploring things we can know and can surmise from the record that have not been brought up before now. With both the eyes of faith and of a realistic, historical appraisal, this book addresses the most important question that has never been answered: who was the woman, Mary of Nazareth? Before she can be the Mother of God, she must be a woman.