Sharman Apt Russell takes on a big topic in her Standing in the Light: My Life as a Pantheist. Part religious/philosophical inquiry, part autobiography, Apt Russell is not afraid to explore the pitfalls of a religious or spiritual life. It is difficult to keep up the intensity of religious experience, and maintain a vision as comprehensive as pantheism. Apt Russell is honest with this in ways few other writers of religion will confess
Apt Russell does an admirable job mixing intellect and emotion in a balanced ratio. Interspersed within are examinations of some well-known pantheists like Spinoza, Marcus Aurelius, and Bruno, among others. Apt Russell’s treatment is deeply human, exploring the pros and cons of trying to find deeper meaning in our lives.