Charles Pearl

Frankfort author Charles W. Pearl is a retired journalist who has won numerous awards for writing and photography. Dancing at the Yurt: An Interfaith Spiritual Journey, published in 2020, is his first book. He is working on his second nonfiction book, which will focus on race, religion, and recreation. His first book boils down to a few simple themes: “unity, compassion, nonviolence, loving life, our neighbors, and our small, beautiful ailing planet. There’s so much division and turmoil in our country and world. My highest hope is that the book, in some way, can help in the healing process.” A native of Indiana, Pearl grew up in Lebanon, Kentucky, and is a Western Kentucky University graduate. He is a member and past chairman of the Frankfort Interfaith Council, and a freelance writer living near downtown Frankfort with his 14-year-old black lab, Lily.

Dancing at the Yurt

Dancing at the Yurt: An Interfaith Spiritual Journey

“Journalist, shade-tree philosopher, and chronicler of the spirit, Charlie
Pearl in these personal reflections wears a coat of many colors – part
memoir, part spiritual odyssey, part travelogue, part inventory of the
heart. With honesty, humility, and great zest he leads us on an interfaith
journey from Baptist to Baha’i to Buddhist, demonstrating convincingly
that all faiths share a circumference equidistant from God. Along the
way are engaging side trips that explore the stages of our celebrative
dance through life. In sharing himself, he gives us a model of a life well
and richly lived, one that each of us can profit form as we travel our own

–Richard Taylor, professor of English, former Poet Laureate of Kentucky,
and an author of numerous books, including Elkhorn: Evolution of a
Kentucky Landscape (a Thomas D. Clark Medallion Book), Sue Mundy: A
Novel of the Civil War, Girty, and Earth Bones.