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1. The Prophet
by KAHLIL GIBRAN
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Catlog: Book (1923-09-12)
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Average Customer Review: 4.82 out of 5 stars
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In a distant, timeless place, a mysterious prophet walks the sands. At the moment of his departure, he wishes to offer the people gifts but possesses nothing. The people gather round, each asks a question of the heart, and the man's wisdom is his gift. It is Gibran's gift to us, as well, for Gibran's prophet is rivaled in his wisdom only by the founders of the world's great religions. On the most basic topics--marriage, children, friendship, work, pleasure--his words have a power and lucidity that in another era would surely have provoked the description "divinely inspired." Free of dogma, free of power structures and metaphysics, consider these poetic, moving aphorisms a 20th-century supplement to all sacred traditions--as millions of other readers already have.--Brian Bruya ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Worth your time
Most stories have some sort of existential or spiritual point to make. Gibran's story has many. But unlike most books this one sacrifices length and plot, employing a simple and poetic (in prose) directness in order to tell us not so much the meaning of life as how to live. The prophet in Gibran's story is asked by his people to talk about everything from the law to pain and death. And his sermons are both instructive and profound without being over righteous or narcissistic. In fact, so carefully woven and universal is Gibran's prose that one could conceivably adopt The Prophet as some sort of new age holy book. This would, of course, not only be potentially unwise but also unnecessary since its foundations are clearly derived from Judeo-Christian spiritual values. It certainly does not square with many eastern religions in its almost excessive romanticization of notions such as good, evil and God. And even for western readers, it is probably most valuable when considered as an eloquent reminder of our own spiritual heritage. I will keep this book and undoubtedly reread it many times over for its depth and wisdom. It isn't easy to write a modern set of spiritual aphorisms without sounding awkward, cliched, or downright wrong. But Gibran manages it with a natural attractiveness and spiritual sincerity that has assured its status as a modernized tome of timeless spiritual values.

5-0 out of 5 stars Spiritual masterpiece
Khalil Gibran's The Prophet is a truly awe inspiring work of prosaic poetry. Despite being a native-born Arabic speaker, Gibran wrote The Prophet in English, ensuring that his powerful words lost nothing in translation.

The work's 28 short chapters recount the words of a prophet as he leaves his home to depart on a new journey. The words that flow from the prophet's mouth and onto the pages are philosophical and spiritual treatises on all aspects of life. Chapters discuss the range of human experiences and include discussions such as "On Friendship", "On Pain" and "On Death." What unites the 28 chapters is Gibran's thought provoking and probing literary style as Gibran's prophet invokes his listeners to live life to the fullest. The book is not overtly religious but every word and sentence is filled with a spiritual clarity.

The book is eminently quotable with every chapter providing a nugget of truth worthy of repeating. Amazingly, Gibran packs his masterpiece into less than 100 pages, making it a very quick and easy read. Readers will find themselves returning to The Prophet again and again to recapture the beauty of Gibran's words.

The Prophet, which Gibran himself recognized as his greatest masterpiece, is a timeless literary classic. Its truth has touched generations of readers and will undoubtedly continue to do so.

5-0 out of 5 stars MidWest Book Review
If I have ever read a book that is timeless, other than the Word of God, it would have to be this one. Although I may not have agreed with every word written, so many of the words of wisdom within these pages brought peace and comfort to me.
I read this book many, many years ago. I quoted from it at times and thought of it often. The words seemed to wrap themselves around your heart and spring out in times of need. There are not many books that can stake that claim, and I have read many.

A classic in my opinion and a book that will never be outdated.

Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars the beauty of spirituality
I was given this book by a writer friend who called it "the most beautiful book I've ever read." So, since she and I have similar literary tastes, I was inclined to read it. This little book, written in a rich, colorful, deep, and wise poetic style, is full of some of the most moving and impressive spiritual phrases and messages I've ever read. It was written in 1923 but its poetry and wisdom are timeless.

David Rehak
author of "Poems From My Bleeding Heart"

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Wonderful!!
This is a book you can read and re-read many many times.
Great and timeless thoughts about relationships, love and
friendship. I will share this with my family. :)

Jeffrey C. McAndrew
author of "Our Brown Eyed Boy" ... Read more


2. The Poetry of Pope John Paul II
by John Paul II, Pope John Paul II
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Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
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In this trio of poems wriiten in the summer of 2002, Pope John Paul II uses the imagery of a mountain stream, the Sistine chapel and the story of Abraham and Isacc as he reflects on God as the origin and end point of all creation and ponders the beginning and end of his time as Pope. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars We have such a gift!
Our Holy Father is indeed a gifted poet. This should be required reading for all Catholics. And suggested reading for everyone else!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Inspirational book!!
The book was really amazing, I think any religious person,or anyone interested in becoming a christian should consider reviewing it. ... Read more


3. Essential Rumi
by Coleman Barks
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Catlog: Book (1997-02-14)
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A comprehensive collection of ecstatic poetry that delights with its energy and passion, The Essential Rumi brings the vibrant, living words of famed thirteenth-century Sufi mystic Jelalludin Rumi to contemporary readers. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An American Rumi
This book may well become an American classic of poetry someday. It is by far the best English collection of Rumi's poetry, done by his most able translator.

Although Rumi's poetry -- as with most poetry -- is at core untranslatable, Barks has done a fine job in rendering older technical translations of the Maulana into poetic English. What one encounters here is not just Rumi, but Rumi filtered through Barks. If you object to that go learn Persian because no translation will be able to capture the subtle nuances conveyed through the original language.

Barks should be commended in showing us another face of Islam, and revealing, in the process, the timeless, universal and transreligious teachings of one of Islam's greatest saints.

For fans of Rumi/Barks, I suggest Winkel's new book: Damascus Steel. Its a work of fiction exploring contemporary political themes through sufi lenses, and was written before (!) September 11th.

5-0 out of 5 stars Poetic Enlightenment
Rumi (as he is known in the West), was known as Jelaluddin Balkhi by the Persians and Afghanis, from where he was born in 1207. Rumi means 'from Roman Anatolia', which is where his family fled to avoid the threat of Mongol armies. Being raised in a theological family, Rumi studied extensively in religion and poetry, until encountering Shams of Tabriz, a wandering mystic, with whom he formed the first of his intense, mystical friendships, so intense that it inspired jealously among Rumi's students and family. Shams eventually disappeared (most likely murdered because of the jealousy); Rumi formed later more mystical friendships, each with a different quality, which seemed essential for Rumi's creative output. Rumi was involved with the mystical tradition that continues to this day of the dervish (whirling dervishes are best known), and used it as a personal practice and as a teaching tool.

This book has a deliberate task: 'The design of this book is meant to confuse scholars who would divide Rumi's poetry into the accepted categories.' Barks and Moyne have endeavoured to put together a unified picture that playfully spans the breadth of Rumi's imagination, without resorting to scholarly pigeon-holes and categorisations.

'All of which makes the point that these poems are not monumental in the Western sense of memorialising moments; they are not discrete entities but a fluid, continuously self-revising, self-interrupting medium.'

Rumi created these poems as part of a constant, growing conversation with a dervish learning community. It flows from esoteric to mundane, from ecstatic to banal, incorporating music and movement at some points, and not at others, with the occasional batch of prose.

'Some go first, and others come long afterward. God blesses both and all in the line, and replaces what has been consumed, and provides for those who work the soil of helpfulness, and blesses Muhammad and Jesus and every other messenger and prophet. Amen, and may the Lord of all created beings bless you.'

From the lofty sentiments...

'There's a strange frenzy in my head,
of birds flying,
each particle circulating on its own.
Is the one I love everywhere?'

...to the simple observations...

'Drunks fear the police,
but the police are drunks too.
People in this town love them both
like different chess pieces.'

Some poems take very mystic frameworks, such as the Sohbet. There is no easy English translation of Sohbet, save that it comes close to meaning 'mystical conversation on mystical subjects'. These poems become mystically Socratic, by a series of questions and answers, very simple on the surface, yet leading down to the depths of meaning.

In the middle of the night
I cried out,
"Who lives in this love
I have?"
You said, "I do, but I'm not here
alone. Why are these other images
with me?"

Rumi also has an elegant series called the Solomon Poems, in which King Solomon is the embodiment of luminous divine wisdom, and the Queen of Sheba is the bodily soul. This sets up a dynamic tension that gets played out in the poetry (in extrapolation from the Biblical stories from which they were first derived)

Rumi reminds us that, in the face of love and truth, even the wisdom of Plato and Solomon can go blind, but there is vision in this blindness.

In the conclusion of this volume, Rumi's poetry of The Turn (the dervishes) is presented, as a place of emptiness, where the ego dissolves, and opens a doorway to the divine to enter. The night of Rumi's death in 1273 is considered 'Rumi's Wedding Night', the night he achieved full union with the divine that he had sought so often in poetry and mystical practice.

There is much to be gained in the contemplation of this frequently overlooked poet.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential part of the dilettante's library
"Out beyond ideas of rightdoing and wrongdoing,
There is a field.
I will meet you there."

I have bought no fewer than ten copies of this book, for friends and family. I was lucky to find them remainder at the local book megamart, but I would gladly pay full price.

This book made Rumi my favorite poet. Rumi is habit forming, but this is by far the most accessible place to start.

5-0 out of 5 stars Keep going back
This is one of those books I keep handy, and just open randomly whenever I need a quick reminder that the world runs deeper than we think. It never fails to pull me from the shallow waters... When I want to go.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful poetry, but not well arranged
I do not understand how Barks organized these poems. They're amazing, every last one but the order that they're in is quite confusing. Nonetheless it should be read by everyone, whether a poetry lover or not. Also, check out the recipes in the back of the book! As the name states, it is ESSENTIAL! ... Read more


4. The Gift: Poems by Hafiz the Great Sufi Master
by Hafiz, Daniel Ladinsky
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Catlog: Book (1999-08-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.13 out of 5 stars
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Hafiz, a secret Sufi, came to prominence in his day as a writer of love poems. That love transformed into an all-consuming passion for union with the divine. In The Gift, Daniel Ladinsky bestows on us the impassioned yet whimsical strains of Hafiz's ecstasy. Never forced or awkward, Ladinsky's Hafiz whispers in your ear and pounds in your chest, naming God in a hundred metaphors.

I once asked a bird,
"How is it that you fly in this gravity
Of darkness?"
She responded,
"Love lifts
Me."
Like Fitzgerald's version of Khayyam's Rubaiyat, the language of The Gift strikes a contemporary chord, resonating in the reader's mind and then in the heart. Ladinsky's language is plain, fresh, playful--dancing with an expert cadence that invites and surprises. If it is true, as Hafiz says, that a poet is someone who can pour light into a cup, reading Ladinsky's Hafiz is like gulping down the sun. --Brian Bruya ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Like "digging potatoes" when you're hungry.
"Hold this book close to your heart," Hafiz (1320-1389) writes, "for it contains wonderful/ Secrets" (p. 207)--secrets that "encourage our hearts to dance" (p. 1), translator Daniel Ladinsky says. This 250-poem collection can be read "as a record of a human being's journey to perfect joy, perfect knowing, and perfect love" (pp. 16-17). It also draws comparisons to one of my all-time favorite books, Coleman Barks' ESSENTIAL RUMI (1995).

I am not qualified to comment on Ladinsky's translation of Hafiz, but Ladinsky triumphs in revealing Hafiz as a poet who sees God everywhere (p. 78)--in a barking dog, "in the ring of a hammer," in a raindrop, and "in the face of everyone" (p. 223). "Wherever/ God lays His glance," Hafiz writes, "Life starts/ Clapping" (p. 85). Some of the poems here soar higher than others. Most of them offer something memorable. All of them encourage us to "Wise Up" (p. 117). "Go running through the streets/ Creating divine chaos," Hafiz writes, "Go running through this world/ Giving love, giving love" (p. 59). Through his verse, Hafiz encourages us to love more, and to be happy.

Reading this book was like "digging potatoes" when you're hungry. In one of my favorite poems in the collection, "And For No Reason," Hafiz writes "And/ For no reason/ I turn into a leaf/ That is carried so high/ I kiss the sun's mouth/ And dissolve" (p. 23). In another poem, he writes "The/ Mind is ever a tourist/ Wanting to touch and buy new things/ Then toss them into an already/ Filled closet" (p. 132). And I won't soon forget the line, "End the mental/ Lawsuits/ That clog/ The/ Brain--" (p. 111).

I understand why many other reviewers have given this book their five-star ratings, but I have given it four-stars only when measured against Coleman Barks' five-star ESSENTIAL RUMI, which I highly recommend.

G. Merritt

1-0 out of 5 stars Hold your nose here!
I have got no idea whether these translations are genuine or not. The only thing I know, for sure, is that they really stink.

Ya, for sure, after all these eons, the Sun does not say to the Earth, "You owe me." How completely stupid. Sometimes, people owe one another, and sometimes they don't. This nonsense about a speaking Sun and a listening Earth doesn't bring anything to the table!

"I saw the Earth smiling" ??

Oh, get a clue. Go buy some real poetry, not this nonsense!! "Real" poetry might be (take your pick) Li Po, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Yeats, Marlowe, Dante, Virgil, Homer, Eliot, Pound... and I'm not going to waste any more time here! Outta here!

1-0 out of 5 stars Understanding the Ladinsky problem!
I truly do think that more people should pay attention to their teachers. In the case of this book by Mr. Ladinsky, there are two completely separate questions:

1. Do you (did you) like the poems in this book?
2. Were these poems written by Mr. Ladinsky, or by Hafez?

It is very important not to confuse these two questions! The fact that you like the poems in this book does NOT mean that they were written by Hafez, any more than it means that they were written by Shakespeare.

I don't know a lot of Persian (Farsi) myself, but my own reading over the past few decades, plus some input from a dearly beloved friend who is a professor of Persian poetry, tells me this: Hafez NEVER (or very rarely) uses the word "God." That would be "khoda" in Persian, or "Allah" in Arabic. You can read for entire weeks in Hafez, and never find the word "khoda" or "Allah," unless it is in some formula, such as "al-hamdullah."

So how does Mr. Ladinsky explain this?

5-0 out of 5 stars Look at the smile on the earth's lips...
Hafiz says, "Look at the smile on the earth's lips this morning she laid again with me last night." Well, I can't see the earth's mouth but I do know that my own has been smiling more than usual especially when reading these poems/renderings that have a higher alcohol content that anything a store hawks.
And speaking of alcohol: I don't think Amazon should hand any drunk monkey a microphone and let them smear this remarkable book out of ignorance or jealousy as some of these tight-pursed one star raters apparantly did.

I recently saw a lovely Hafiz greeting card with this line that
I found so deep, significant and touching. It read:

"God courts us with the beauty of this world."

I could not recommend this book enough! Right on Hafiz.

1-0 out of 5 stars Was Hafez a Sufi, much less a Sufi Master?
In the world of Islam, "Sufi" refers to a certain type of religious mystic. The word "suf" (pronounced "soof") merely means "wool," and a "Soofi" was a religious mystic who wore a particular type of woolen cloak -- as an emblem of poverty and righteousness.

Now, one very interesting thing about Hafez (the real Hafez) was that he was a religious mystic who bitterly hated the orthodox Muslims of his time. That is to say, he found his own love of God in his own way, and avoided the ways of the sheep.

That all seems easy enough, except for this: Hafez also hated the Sufis! Every time he mentions them, and their righteous woolen cloaks, he throws them in the same trash-heap with the orthodox Muslims!

All you have to do is open the book that he wrote, and read. Hafez is a very unlikely candidate for a "Great Sufi Master." He bitterly disliked Sufis!

Ah well! The world goes on! ... Read more


5. Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West
by Daniel James Ladinsky
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In this transcendent collection, Daniel Ladinsky-best known for his gifted and best-selling translations of the great Sufi poet Hafiz-brings together the timeless work of twelve of the world's finest spiritual writers, six from the East and six from the West. Once again Ladinsky reveals his talent for creating inspiring, profound, and playful versions of classic poems for a modern audience. Rumi's joyous, ecstatic love poems; St. Francis's loving observations of nature through the eyes of Catholicism; Kabir's wild, freeing humor that synthesizes Hindu, Muslim, and Christian beliefs; St. Teresa's sensual verse; and the mystical, healing words of Hafiz-these and other spiritual writers considered to be "conduits of the divine" make up this rich and luminous collection of "love poems from God." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Inspired renderings lighten the load
Ladinsky's poems give great service. In his modern, witty, tender and uplifting style that has been so well-received in previous volumes of Hafiz renderings, Ladinsky offers us an inspired mixed-company symphony of twelve of God's greatest lovers.

I take no issue with the "voice" that Ladinsky uses to present these holy ones to us. Nor have I ever been offended by the choice that Dali made in his depiction of the Last Supper, of Michelango's decision in determing the exquisite placement of Christ's body in Mary's arms, nor of any artist who is truly inspired to gift to us an interpretation of divine love.

Quoting from the preface of book.Ladinsky states, "Any
liberties I have taken with these poems was an act, I hope, void
of self-interest and done with the sole intention of trying to
help emancipate our wings..........most of what is in this book
would be said to be an avant-garde portrait of these remarkable historic figures. I have used and mixed whichever colors I felt
were the most capable of bringing the reader into the extraordinary experience of these great souls. For their
experience of God foretells our own."

In a poem rendered from St. Teresa of Avila is the verse,
"He led me to a place where only Light existed.
Only in us is God so lost that He asks questions"

Lessons of Light,lightness,and true beauty exist in each offering in this book. You can't help but read it and make some of the attributes of God's best beloveds your own.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Treasure!
An intuition of the Divine that continues to give me comfort and open my eyes says that God is a sphere whose circumference is nowhere, but whose center is everywhere. It is an intuition that Ladinsky knows in his bones, as this work so clearly shows. The offerings in Love Poems from God fill that nowhere with true song, and make that everywhere available to readers in a voice that fills the soul's yearning with comfort, awe and delight. These poems return to readers a sensibility of such extraordinary depth that-against all odds in this troubling world-we begin to believe what the great mystics have taught again and again: that the essence of our life is both deeply human and truly Divine. Our lives, then, are a dance set to the very music that whirls throughout these marvelous poems, as, once again, Ladinsky "strikes up the band" of mystical truth and delight.

I keep this book of poems close to me, I hold it like I hold a loving Friend.

5-0 out of 5 stars this is the greatest!
Daniel Ladinsky has done it again! His translations of the mystics are mystical in themselves, full of radiance and lightheartedness. This book is a keeper, only you'll have to keep buying more because you'll have to give this one away to all your friends. If you want more light and fire in your life, this is the book to get.

1-0 out of 5 stars Twelve great voices reduced to one
Ladinsky's choice of poets for this volume is inspired. All twelve write with clarity of image and meaning that works across time and religious divides. All speak at some time from a experiential place of ecstatic love. So why do I give only one star? Read translations then compare to these adaptations. What Ladinsky gives us is one voice - his. The differences in place and time and religion of the originals have been flattened into an English-speaking present. The stark clarity of image in the originals have been muddled into blurred images of modern interpretation.

While it is true that the ecstatic experience of love is common across culturals, the language in which the experience is described is always the unique voice of a particular individual's experience of the divine. It is that particularity that was lost in these adaptations.

Rather than this volume, seek out translations of the originals.

1-0 out of 5 stars A book with too much open-minded error
The "Kabir" chapter had a number of rotten poems. One of them said that God cries. God is perfect and strong in all his ways. While he can be disappointed in humans' misuse of their free will, he does not become spiritually weak ever. If he did not have plans otherwise he could eliminate all devils and the earth in the blink of an eye.I don't believe God cries. ... Read more


6. I Heard God Laughing: Renderings of Hafiz
by Hafiz, Daniel Ladinsky, Henry S. Mindlin, H. Wilberforce Clarke
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5-0 out of 5 stars Understanding Hafiz
Having read the very critical review by "Ali" who seems to fail to comprehend the difficulty in translating Hafiz into English I would like to defend the "Renderings". I have read just about every English translation of anything that Hafiz wrote beginning with Clark and ending with Bly. There is no way to translate without loosing something and unfortunately the beauty, the melody, and the rythym of the original farsi is lost in all the translations by the virtue of the language differences. "I heard God Laughing: Renderings of Hafiz" is well named and titled. There is a spirit behind the poetry that is captured in these renderings that I am sure Hafiz himself would approve of. It is that beauty that I am sure he wanted to in some small way capture for future generations as he shared his devout love affair with the "beloved rose" of his life. The renderings will help any sincere aspirant on the road to the "tavern" of "divine wine drinkers". Those of us who have tasted the wine can truly find the scent of it in the renderings. The renderings inspire the dance of the soul!

5-0 out of 5 stars Hafiz trues the course of our journey towards Love.
Such beauty! In this joyous book Hafiz appears to us as a beacon of pure light in contemporary garb. These deeply tender, witty, clear-eyed and fullest -hearted renditions have brightened my life. Hafiz can't help but true the course of our journey towards Love. Because for Hafiz, in fact, nothing else exists; for him, only Love is Real.

Hafiz has influenced and nourished a gracious many through the years. In the West, inspired notables include Goethe, Nietzsche, Byron, Hugo and Emerson. Emerson wrote of Hafiz in his journals, "He fears nothing. He sees too far; he sees throughout; such is the only man I wish to see and be." And Goethe exclaimed, "This is madness, I know well, Hafiz has no peer!"

I Heard God Laughing is a perfect gem of a book. Go ahead, take Hafiz home with you. Why-- he might even lead the way, dancing and singing all the while.

5-0 out of 5 stars A happy bit of poetry,
Life is fun, or should be, and meant to be lived in love is the message of these poems, those who don't think so are being deceived. Hafiz was a main influence on the third and final stage of Goethe's writing and ideas. They also demonstrate the diversity of thought in the Persian influenced area of the world.

Of course something is lost in translation with most all poetry, one sees only a single frame of a changing kaleidoscope. There is a passion glimmered here that seems most intense.

5-0 out of 5 stars life changing
When I started questioning my religion as a Christian, I started losing a lot of faith... then I came across this book.
The translations are incredible, the poetry is awesome, and I love the history and context section in the back of the book. I carry it with me whenever I travel, I read a poem every night. It's really wonderful, it makes it so that no matter how terrible my day was, it can end beautifully.
Buy it, it will change your life.

5-0 out of 5 stars I have a celebrity crush on Hafiz!
Hafiz's poems are deeply passionate and always inspirational. I teach massage therapy in Austin and we have elevated him to honorary faculty because he is the most quoted author by all the instructors at any school function where one of us may be required to say a few words. I can never make it through this book without weeping tears of joy. Hafiz is a master of the Art of Joy. Through his loving instruction, you can see the loveliness of even the darkest night of your soul. With a voice steady enough to whisper to us over 800 years, the light of his spirit is a beacon to seekers everywhere. He's dreamy! ... Read more


7. The Soul of Rumi: A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems
by Coleman Barks, John Moyne, Reynold A. Nicholson, Maulana Jalal al-Din Rumi
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When Rumi was born in Afghanistan in 1207, it was a time of tremendouspolitical turmoil in the Near East. Paradoxically, it was also a time of"brilliant mystical awareness," writes translator Coleman Barks in The Soulof Rumi. This brilliance shines through in every passage, as Barkscelebrates the ecstatic nature of Rumi's poetry. Barks (The Essential Rumi) has beengiven much credit for leading modern Westerners to this astounding poet. Hissensitivity to the reader is evidenced in how he organizes the poetry accordingto themes. Since Rumi is often quoted at public gatherings, such as weddings andmemorial services, this makes referencing especially easy. In the sectionentitled "When Friend Meets Friend," readers find the poem "The Soul's Friend":

The most living moment comes when those who love each other meeteach other's eyes and in what flows between them then. To see your face in a crowd of others, or alone on afrightening street, I weep for that….
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best introduction to Rumi available
If there is only one book of Rumi you purchase, this should be it. But warning, the purchase may send you into a frenzy to learn and read more.

Barks' works as a translator here make poetry come alive, leap off the page and fly circles around your mind. A single poem can bring a person to great thoughts.

The book begins with a great introduction to Rumi's life, work, culture, spirituality, but Barks also includes some history of Sufi poetry. Then Barks divides the poetry into logical sections. Some involve community, others involve love, some love of God, peace between religions, inner life, work, home, playing... The range of catagories Barks creates represent human life in a wholeistic manner. They make Rumi's poetry easier to grasp, much more enjoyable, and center on the needs of all human beings. Barks also introduces each section (usually no more than a page). Barks' intros are concise, clear, and point toward key ideas in the most notable poems of each section.

This large collection of poetry is worth reading for a lifetime. Not to mention as Robert Bly asked of Barks years ago, Barks follows through in "releasing these translations from their cages."

5-0 out of 5 stars The alchemy of RumiÕs vision brought to life
Jelaluddin Rumi has become familiar to Western readers who seek out ecstatic poetry, as more and more translations and commentaries are offered on perhaps this greatest of mystical writers. But as they say, it takes one to know one, and Coleman BarksÕ masterpiece is the obvious product of an attuned heart and poetic soul.

This volume is one of the clearest and most vibrant illustrations of the Ôwild heartÕ Rumi was and is. It is difficult to find superlatives which do justice to the beauty and towering vision this work contains. Every verse, every line seems to open, in some disarmingly simple way, vast new vistas of possibilities for the human spirit.

How good is this book? The highest accolade that can be given Barks is that his brief section introductions, frequently fodder in other volumes exploring Rumi, here are powerful and transformative in their own right. Each one sets up the following verses in a natural and seamless flow. BarksÕ light shines brightly, even in the rarefied company he keeps.

Get this volume and devour it. Then get another copy and give it to someone who is ready for the infinite freedom it open-handedly offers...

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice...
When I first began to read this book, I didn't like it nearly as much as the essential rumi, some of the poems just didn't speak to me in quite the same way. But this last winter break, I read through the whole masnavi at the end of the book, and it gave me a very different feeling from anything I've ever read before. It was like there was a deeper message, or an understanding which is difficult to say other then just a deeper understanding of everything.

2-0 out of 5 stars Love's Embodiment
Although I own and have read most of Coleman Bark's Rumi books, never until today did I suspect that he so profoundly misunderstood the relationship of Shams and Rumi. He writes, "Their meeting in the heart is beyond form and touch and time." (p.188) Of course their relationship was spiritual even mystical, but where does the spiritual start but in "form and touch and time"? Barks seems to be denying that Rumi's poems describe an embodied connection with Shams. This is gnostic, erotophobia and perhaps homophobia.

Barks arrogantly writes: "The question is often asked if Rumi and Shams were lovers in the sexual sense. No." (p.188) How can Barks write that sentence with such dogmatic certainty, especially after reading hundreds of Rumi's love poems to Shams? How does he know that this love is merely spiritual ("beyond touch")? I am glad that Barks has finally shown us his ideological position. I worry how this "spiritual disembodied viewpoint:" has shaped his translations of Rumi.

I think it is impossible to know the exact details of the physical relationship of Rumi and Shams but the love poems express an incredibly embodied physicality. So I personally imagine that they did have one of the great sexual relationships of all time. But my evidence is in the poetry. The poetry describes a profoundly embodied relationship between two mystical men.

In the future, I will seek other translators of Rumi so as not to be influenced by this disembodiment?

Rumi and Shams were two physical men who met in a physical place in November of 1244. This meeting was within 'form', with 'touch' and within 'time.' Coleman Barks is wrong.

2-0 out of 5 stars Embodied Love?
Although I own and have read most of Coleman Bark's Rumi books, never until today did I suspect that he so profoundly misunderstood the relationship of Shams and Rumi.

He writes, "Their meeting in the heart is beyond form and touch and time." (p.188) Of course their relationship was spiritual even mystical, but where does the spiritual start but in "form and touch and time"? Barks seems to be denying that Rumi's poems describe an embodied connection with Shams. This is gnostic, erotophobic and perhaps homophobic.

Barks arrogantly writes: "The question is often asked if Rumi and Shams were lovers in the sexual sense. No." (p.188) How can Barks write that sentence with such dogmatic certainty, especially after reading hundreds of Rumi's love poems to Shams? How does he know that this love is merely spiritual ("beyond touch")? I am glad that Barks has finally shown us his ideological position. I worry how this "spiritual disembodied viewpoint:" has shaped his translations of Rumi.

I think it is impossible to know the exact details of the physical relationship of Rumi and Shams but the love poems express an incredibly embodied physicality. So I personally imagine that they did have one of the great sexual relationships of all time. But my evidence is in the poetry. The poetry describes a profoundly embodied relationship between two mystical, physical men.

In the future, I will seek other translators of Rumi so as not to be influenced by this disembodiment.

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8. The Simple Feeling of Being : Visionary, Spiritual, and Poetic Writings
by KEN WILBER
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5-0 out of 5 stars Simple.....
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Writing as someone who's read everything of Wilber's, I can attest that this book is a welcome addition to Wilber's corpus. The volume is finely edited and superbly designed. It is a compilation so it contains no previously unpublished materials (although it does bring to light some obscure but valuable passages). The book consists of nine sections into which some of the most powerful pieces of Wilber's writing have been collected and organized.

The section titles are as follows: The Witness; Memoirs; Spirit-in-Action; Immediate Awareness; Passionate Philosophy; Always Already; Being-in-the-World; One without a Second; The Brilliant Clarity of Ever-Present Awareness.

As can be gleaned from these headings, this is a book that distils and makes available a particular aspect of Wilber's vision- the mystical. While it could be argued that insight into the Divine is the catalyst behind all his writing; no one would claim that the freeing Dionysian energy dripping off the passages in this book seep into all his meticulous system building.

This book does not read like his others. It is not a detailed matrix of knowledge, not a blueprint of the possible, not a many-roomed mansion of human potentials. Rather, it is a simple and radiant testament. It is beautiful.

So, perhaps the most valuable aspect of the book is that it will not be misunderstood (although I'm sure some critic may be able to manage).

To conclude, if you're looking for an intro to Wilber's system don't look here (look instead to Integral Psychology or A Brief History of Everything). But, if you're looking for an invitation to party for One, this book will do that- throwing you back against your self and leaving you alone. But it may just take you from that alone to the Alone. ... Read more


9. Ten Poems to Change Your Life
by Roger Housden
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This is a dangerous book. Great poetry calls into question not less than everything. It dares us to break free from the safe strategies of the cautious mind. It opens us to pain and joy and delight. It amazes, startles, pierces, and transforms us. It can lead to communion and grace.

Through the voices of ten inspiring poets and his own reflections, the author of Sacred America shows how poetry illuminates the eternal feelings and desires that stir the human heart and soul. These poems explore such universal themes as the awakening of wonder, the longing for love, the wisdom of dreams, and the courage required to live an authentic life. In thoughtful commentary on each work, Housden offers glimpses into his personal spiritual journey and invites readers to contemplate the significance of the poet's message in their own lives.

In Ten Poems to Change Your Life, Roger Housden shows how these astonishing poems can inspire you to live what you always knew in your bones but never had the words for.


"The Journey" by Mary Oliver
"Last Night as I Was Sleeping" by Antonio Machado
"Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman
"Zero Circle" by Rumi
"The Time Before Death" by Kabir
"Ode to My Socks" by Pablo Neruda
"Last Gods" by Galway Kinnell
"For the Anniversary of My Death" by W. S. Merwin
"Love After Love" by Derek Walcott
"The Dark Night" by St. John of the Cross
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4-0 out of 5 stars Ten Times a Momentary Trembling
I need no convincing to read poetry. It is second nature to me... if not first in line. There is this quick, pointed injection of life that poetry offers that lengthier prose cannot. An image. A snap of sound. A gut punch. A sudden miracle. A flash of light. A surprise. Housden has recognized this and, with this book, presents his own miracle of found poetry to the general reader. He has chosen ten poems by ten very different authors out of ten different planes of existence (time, space, culture) and presented them here to - more than not, I think - the mostly uninitiated. Certainly these are not complex poems. No argument on their quality. They are definitely not the ten that I would choose (although one or two of them might indeed make it onto my list also)... but they don't have to be! Poetry is, after all, as personal and intimate as making love. Indeed, it is making love... the mind in the most intimate relationship with life in all its juices and flavors.

Housden's choices range from Whitman's enthused "Song of Myself" (this one would make it onto my list also)... to the simple pleasures of "Ode to My Socks" by Pablo Neruda... to the inspirational "The Journey" by Mary Oliver... to the old age reborn to new age "Zero Circle" by Rumi... to the deliciously sensual "Last Gods" by Galway Kinnell... to the always impressive "For the Anniversary of My Death" by W.S. Merwin... and more. Each poem is followed by Housden's essay elaborating his choice, the poem's effect on him, it's life-changing (at least for him) message. He kindles the poetry flame, and that is a wonderful thing.

For those who are reasonably well acquainted with poetry, there is little new here. The authors should all be familiar ones, several by now considered classics. There are Pulitzer Prize winners along with those appearing in smaller literary presses. None of that, I suspect, was part of Housden's criteria in his choices. He appears to have chosen poems for their ability to stop time, for just a moment, and cause some kind of metamorphosis, an epiphany, a momentary trembling of the earth beneath his reading feet. While a few of these choices left me unmoved, as a whole, I enjoyed the book and sharing in his perspective while keeping my own. Revisiting Whitman was a nostalgia of youthful enthusiasm, for instance. Whitman showed us that poetry need not be stodgy or stiff with rhyme and iambic pentameter. While both Neruda and Rumi left me cool, and Machado had only a mild effect... the encounter of "Last Gods" by Galway Kinnell... mm, left me purring. Never underestimate the power of the written word, indeed. Not only is it more powerful than the sword, but nothing can compete... no trash magazine, no cheap celluloid... with the eroticism of such well chosen words. Kinnell's poem evokes ripples of sensation, sweet sweet, savory, leaving all the senses tingling... but also stimulates the most erogenous zone of all: the mind. It is not shy. It is not embarrassed to be precise in its description. Yet here is a most wonderful example of the difference between erotic art... and pornography. One being of beauty, uplifting, lasting... while the other is ugly and base. One enriches while the other degrades. In his essay following the poem, Housden writes:

"...pornography divorces body from soul and turns body into a thing, which can be used like any other thing for profit in the marketplace. Pornography is a caricature of the erotic; it can only exist by demanding anonymity, and substituting fantasy for relationship. Without relationship, there is no soul. There is only sensation, for its own sake; and sensation is no more than skin deep. Sensation on its own - however orgasmic - fails to deliver the goods. To skim the surface of life ultimately leaves us on our own, and predictably, lonely. One reason we seem to be such a pleasure-hungry society is that we are habitually looking for it in all the wrong places."

As Housden says of Kinnell (and oh yes, I am looking up this poet on my next trip to the library), this slim volume of applause to poetry, its word-play and its word-ecstasy and its word-power, is one of immersion into the experience. "Great poetry," Housden says, "can alter the way we see ourselves. It can change the way we see the world... suddenly you see your own original face there; suddenly find yourself blown into a world full of awe, dread, wonder, marvel, deep sorrow, and joy.... poetry bids us... to break free from the safe strategies of the cautious mind; it calls to us, like the wild geese, from an open sky."

Whether these ten poems call to us, some of these ten, or another ten of our own choosing... poetry is an experience worthy of immersion. Housden's enthusiasm for the literary form is contagious. That enthusiasm, taken to be one's own, that understanding of the power of the word, is what can change lives.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ten life-changing poems.
Roger Housden's collection delivers what its title promises, ten poems with the potential to change your life. Let the reader beware: reading poetry like this can be dangerous; dangerous, we're told, "because you may never be the same again" (p. 1). "Great poetry can alter the way we see ourselves," Housden explains in the Introduction to this ten-poem collection. "It can change the way we see the world . . . Poetry at its best calls forth our deep Being, bids us live by its promptings; it dares us to break free from the safe strategies of the cautious mind; it calls to us, like the wild geese, from an open sky" (p. 2).

Housden (TEN POEMS TO OPEN YOUR HEART; RISKING EVERYTHING: 110 POEMS OF LOVE AND REVELATION) knows great poetry, the kind of poetry that "has the power to start a fire in your life" (p. 1). He has drawn the ten poems collected here from around the world and from different centuries, including accessible selections from Mary Oliver, Antonio Machado, Walt Whitman, Rumi, Kabir, Pablo Neruda, Galway Kinnell, W. S. Merwin, Derek Walcott, and St. John of the Cross. Each poem encourages us to "Wake up and Love," and to open our eyes "to the wonder of what is around us; to the wonder of what is deep inside the human heart; and above all, to be awake to the presence, the sensation, of our own being, in the midst of all of it" (p. 116). Housden annotates each poem with insightful commentary based on his own personal experience.

G. Merritt

2-0 out of 5 stars Ten Poems to Enjoy, and Ten Passages to Annoy
Roger Housden is a blowhard.

There, I said it. His book is the epitome of arrogant spirituality gone wrong.

Housden's book is a mere outlet for his own revelation, and does very very little for a reader who thinks for himself. Housden claims that the book can change the life of the religious, and even those without religion. Yet he ends his introduction with prayer-like words. "May these poems set free your unlived dreams [...] may you wake up one morning in 'the new life.'" I expected to see an "Amen" after that. I wonder if "the new life" is so blatant an allegory to heaven that most readers will pick it up, or if people kept reading mindlessly? The quotes around "the new life" open it up for such an allegory, but my guesses are fans of the book weren't paying attention.

I do give Housden credit though. He picked some fine poems (poems he admits he picked out of "personal prejudice"). But while the poems are good (there are many better, too), his analyzations of the poems are half-way decent to laughable at best. He forms the analyzations, like a University Freshman English student, to his own theories, rather than taking into account other possible readings. Read another way, Machado's "Last Night as I Was Sleeping" could be an ironic blemish on Housden's book. "Marvelous error!" could easily be interpreted to mean that the dream is a marvelous escapist thought while wholly wrong (an error).

This book might change your life for a day or two, IF you are Christian (Housden talks about Jesus being the light of the world, despite his claiming that non-religious people can exsperience life change with this book), and IF you allow yourself to be guided step-by-step through Housden's biography and convoluted interpretations. If you think for yourself in regards to spirituality and have any sort of ability in literary analysis, the poems will be enjoyable at best, and Housden's interludes will be PAINFUL.

But hey, the cover is nice.

(2 stars for the poem selections. 0 for Housden.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Read More and Be Inspired By these Great Books!!!
Can't get enough of visionary fiction? Neither can I! These are just a few titles that will inspire you: The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield) ; The Butterfly (Jay Singh); The Monk who sold his Ferrari (Robin Sharma) ; The Alchemist (Paulo Coehlo); Chasing Rumi (Roger Housden). My favorite is by far and away THE ALCHEMIST! Go ahead...be inspired. Happy reading. Donald S. Buckland.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nowhere near ordinary
I picked up this book in a bookstore in Las Vegas last May, read one poem, and got hooked. I was only able to get my hands on it today, because this book is practically non-existent in my country.

Anyway, what I like about this book is that the author not only explains to us all the poems in relation to life and the soul, but it is quite obvious that this guy is just as affected by these poems. This book seems to also be the story of his life in direct relation to the poems.

As it seems to say throughout the book, you can't really describe the feeling, it's just...indescribable. Buy this book. It's really great. ... Read more


10. The Treasured Writings of Kahlil Gibran
by Kahlil Gibran
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5-0 out of 5 stars Little Known Book, Best Reading Ever
Got this book hardbound version from my father about 15 years ago. it was a wonderful book then and still will be. It's one of those little known books, one of many that I found now and again, that are the best books written. Get this book and check it out. I highly recommend Two Wishes, Satan and Cry of the Graves. Not the lightest of reading but are certainly thought provocking.

5-0 out of 5 stars The poem of love flows towards the sprituality of life!
Gibran!!! Among my 19 year long reading this is one of the best experiences ever I've had... I suggest you just buy the book... go to woods or a park just sit and submerge your self into the world of Gibran! And you'll come back enlightened!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Master
I don't believe all readers would share the response I had, and this would be a shame, for rarely have I been so moved. This contains poems, short prose and stories- Some are beautiful parables, some are narratives of his past, others include gentle condemnations of harmful passions or yearnings for a better world; all (excluding, perhaps, the letters) are worth reading for any sort of audience, revolutionary or romantic, religious or humanist, idiot or intelligent, and so on.
Some parts of this book seemed unreal. So wonderous was the flow of words and the manifestation of Gibrans mind that I felt tears at the incredible beauty of the whole, I even shuddered in joy brought about by the realisation that this work of art exists- kind of like when first reading the Brothers Karamazov, seeing a Michaelangelo, or viewing a spectacular film of nature (Blue Planet, Pattagonia and the like); one is left in awe.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Master of Words
All I have to say is that Kahlil Gibran is the master of literary emotion. I only hope to someday write even just one piece that can hold a flame to his writings. This book is unbelievable.

5-0 out of 5 stars A new dimension all togather
Though I am not a very avid reader, but this is one of the most astonishing book I have ever come across. This is the third time I am buying this book. Everytime some of my friends takes it to read it and it never comes back. Everytime you flip thro' this book, its different all the time. There is a new discovery waiting for you every time. ... Read more


11. The Ordering of Love : The New and Collected Poems of Madeleine L'Engle
by MADELEINE L'ENGLE
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5-0 out of 5 stars Vivid and compelling insight into the language of the heart
When my best friend, Jenn, moved to Manhattan she commenced with church shopping. She searched the island looking for the congregation that seemed best suited to her theological leanings and preference for worship style. Nice people were also a big plus. She landed at All Angels Episcopal Church on the Upper West Side, despite the fact that she hadn't fancied herself Anglican in the past. It's a great parish, and I'd like to think that the fact that I'd become involved in the Anglican church not long before she departed for Manhattan might have nudged her to check this one out. I would like to think that, but it would be wrong. Because I know the real reason Jenn is at All Angels --- Madeleine L'Engle.

Out on the church shopping circuit, rumor had it that the famed author was a long-time parishioner at All Angels and that fellow congregants often visited her since she didn't get out as much as in her younger days. The thought of whiling away hours chatting with L'Engle was more excitement than Jenn, book lover that she is, could bear. She took up residence in an All Angels pew (well, chair, they don't really have pews) post haste. In the years that followed she became an active member of the congregation, made friends, got confirmed, met her future husband, taught Sunday School, and got married --- all at All Angels. And she has Madeleine L'Engle to thank for all of that, despite the fact that she still has yet to meet the woman.

Such is the power of L'Engle. Trust me, if you'd read her work and had the potential opportunity to spend lazy afternoons in her company, you'd make your decisions on church membership accordingly as well.

Thankfully, the truth of the matter is that you don't have to trust me. L'Engle is nothing if not prolific with over fifty books --- fiction, nonfiction, and poetry --- to her credit. Her latest release is a collection of almost 200 poems, including 18 that have never been published before, and is an excellent starting place to acquaint or re-acquaint oneself with this potent literary force.

THE ORDERING OF LOVE is a magnum opus of sorts, spanning more than 30 years, from the mid '60s to the late '90s, and it includes everything from unbridled free verse to disciplined sonnets --- all of which tread the well-worn ground of love, faith, and suffering. In her introduction to the book, friend and fellow writer Luci Shaw notes "a good poem is layered, does not reveal itself all at once, in one reading." And, indeed, the understanding of these poems develops so much on subsequent readings that the words themselves seem to be ever-changing. One of my favorites is "The Birth of Love":

To learn to love
is to be stripped of all love
until you are wholly without love
because
until you have gone
naked and afraid
into this cold dark place
where all love is taken from you
you will not know
that you are wholly within love.

In poems like "Fire by Fire" one gets the distinct sense for L'Engle as an "everywoman" who writes about life as it happens and has a gift for seeing the whole spectrum of human experience in the seemingly mundane.

My son goes down in the orchard to incinerate
Burning the day's trash, the accumulation
Of old letters, empty toilet-paper rolls, a paper plate,
Marketing lists, discarded manuscript, on occasion
Used cartons of bird seed, dog biscuit. The fire
Rises and sinks; he stirs the ashes till the flames expire.

Burn, too, old sins, bedraggled virtues, tarnished
Dreams, remembered unrealities, the gross
Should-haves, would-haves, the unvarnished
Errors of the day, burn, burn the loss
Of intentions, recurring failures, turn
Them all to ash. Incinerate the dross. Burn. Burn.

L'Engle also has a very specific talent for turning the stories of Christianity on their heads and making us look at them in new ways. Her poem "Mrs. Noah Speaking" presents a perspective on the flood that we don't often hear but that sounds quite familiar. "The Ram: Caught in the Bush" tells the story of Abraham's almost sacrifice of Isaac from the point of view of the one who would actually go under the knife, conjuring up the image of Christ in the process.

If they ever do meet, I think Jenn and Madeleine L'Engle will get along quite well. Jenn has a knack for endearing herself to somewhat ornery souls and I suspect L'Engle is one, based on her work and the interviews I've read with her. Regardless, she has done her work in Jenn's life merely by living in the space of the written page. Even though Jenn hasn't stopped by at L'Engle's with fresh bagels from Zabar's, she has learned from L'Engle much about life --- the sometimes painful conundrum of faith, the ache of loss, the bliss of love, the assumption of small truths into the Big Truth of redemption --- on afternoons spent with her printed pages. And from a life as a member of All Angels, which she can thank L'Engle for as well.

--- Reviewed by Lisa Ann Cockrel
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12. Opening The Invitation : The Poem That Has Touched Lives Around the World
by Oriah Mountain Dreamer
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This beautiful edition of the beloved poem -- including the story behind its widespread popularity, and the author's reflections -- is for anyone who loved the bestselling book The Invitation, or wants to share the gift of Oriah Mountain Dreamer's inspirational writing with a friend. Shared by word of mouth, passed along on the Internet, recited over the radio, and read aloud at spiritual conferences, weddings, and other gatherings, the poem is cherished by the thousands who have discovered and treasured its unique message. Now, readers will learn not only what inspired Oriah to write the poem, but how "The Invitation" haschanged lives by presenting a powerful and inspirational challenge to all of us who long for true intimacy and joy.

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13. These Are the Gifts I'd Like to Give to You: A Sourcebook of Joy and Encouragement (Self-Help)
by Douglas Pagels
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Gift You Have Been Looking For
A book filled with joy and love! A compilation of unique and delightful quotes - no, NOT the same old repetitions! But delightfully appropriate quotes of 95 different subject such as "Learning from Mistakes", "Realizing Your Dreams", "Spreading Smiles Around, and "Understanding What Makes You So Outstanding". Bright colors, illustrations and easy to read print make this a a pleasure to read and the well-chosen, unique quotes make for joyful inspiration. A treasure to give someone you really care about, especially yourself! ... Read more


14. A Patriot's Handbook: Songs, Poems, Stories and Speeches Celebrating the Land We Love
by Caroline Kennedy
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Caroline Kennedy shares an inspiring collection of patriotic poems, song lyrics, historical documents, and speeches.

The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was a blockbuster success, remaining on the New York Times bestseller list for 15 weeks with more than 500,000 copies in print. Now, Caroline Kennedy shares with readers an assortment of her own favorite American writings. The works collected here -- which span centuries and styles -- have one thing in common: all are emblematic of our country's patriotism and pride.

Caroline Kennedy researched all of the selections included in A Patriot's Handbook, wrote the introduction, and added personal commentary to each section. This elegantly packaged collection is the perfect gift for anyone in search of a reminder of what our country's spirit is made of.

"Over the past year we have all thought about what it means to be an American. I realized that I want my own children to know more about the ideals upon which this country was founded and the sacrifices that have been made to pass them on to us. This book is intended to help families explore the foundations of our freedom and to celebrate our heritage."(Caroline Kennedy) ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars What Is An American, Anyway?
I thought I might impose upon your time to tell you what I think about this subject and this book.
I found "A Patriot's Handbook" to be a good idea by an author, Caroline Kennedy, who is obviously moved by, and concerned about, the state of mind of many people in America today. It wants to answer the question, "what is an American, anyway?". A vast number of people who are supposedly Americans, call themselves Americans, not because of what they feel for and know about America, but merely because they are physically deposited here and make their money here. This book is great to either learn from, or refer to, depending upon where your level of knowledge fits into the picture. I highly recommend it to everyone. And, if you're really interested in the subject of this book, I believe you would also be interested in Bennett's "Book Of Virtues" and Remick's "West Point: Character Leadership Education", two books that, like Caroline Kennedy's, contain the similar features of stories, poems, and historical/philosophical anecdotes, Bennett's being topically organized like Kennedy's, and Remick's being organized into a story. I recommend both of these books in addition to Caroline Kennedy's book.
Thankyou for reading what I have to say.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Feel Patriotic Just Owning This Book
I first heard about this book after Caroline Kennedy was interviewed. Being that it was the week before the 4th of July made me think that it would be a nice book to have around for the holiday weekend.

I would consider myself a would-be patriot. My intention is to always be proud of our countries history. It's just hard when you have gaps in your knowledge of the little things that shaped our country. Democracy is such a grand experiment that we take for granted that we are all part of it's evolution each and every day. This book reminds us of the major and inspirational steps in our growing process.

The collection is seperated into categories. The first one is Flag and contains poems, stories, and US Supreme Court cases involving our national flag. It's one thing to know the first stanza of the Star Spangled Banner and sing it at baseball games but how many people can recite the entire thing or even know that there is more to it.

The flow of the book makes it easy to read a little at a time. You'll find yourself picking it up and read a couple of pages. History can be so stoic but in this format, it is alive with the men and woman who came before us.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is searching to learn or remember what being an American really means.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun to Read
Ms. Kennedy has compiled a great set of pictures, speeches, and excerpts from literature that does more than represent America. They help show how America and Americans are somewhat unique from others. . . and maybe even a little odd. The words (all of them, made up by the British to make fun of our troops) to Yankee Doodle. Lincoln's first inaugural. The Bill of Rights. Martin Luther King's "Letters from a Birmingham Jail". Transcripts of a trial against Susan B. Anthony after she voted....before suffrage was passed. Excerpts from "Death of a Salesman" and "To Kill a Mockingbird". Gerald Ford's remarks upon accepting office, as he faced the hard task of trying to heal a nation from the sting of executive betrayal.

The book leans left, in that there are probably more triumphant Democratic speeches than conservative ones. The only Nixon speech featured is his resignation and the only Reagan speech--albeit a wonderful choice -- is the speech to students at Moscow State University about the technological revolution in 1988. But the others chosen are not unimportant, even if they are controversial...antiwar protesters during Vietnam, excerpts from Friedan's "The Feminist Mystique" ....all the literature and art in Kennedy's book had an impact on the country.

Especially of interest during this election year (2004) is part of John Kerry's controversial testimony to Congress on behalf of Vietnam Veterans Against the War in 1971.

I enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A tribute to the USA's heritage
Caroline Kennedy's book is both an eloquent collection and a reminder of our country's heritage and moral fabric. This compilation is an exquisite work to remind us of the ideals and principles upon which this great and beautiful nation was founded and the sacrifices made for us to reap. Caroline, in her genuinely sincere and self-effacing manner, carries on the Kennedy's time-honored tradition to remind us of the foundations of our freedoms and to cherish our privileged heritage. Every parent who treasures freedom and democracy should be reading this book with their children daily.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful collection for all Americans!
At a time when some feel you have to be a right wing conservative or a veteran to be a "patriot" along comes this collection that will take us all back to our roots. No labels, no political rhetoric, just genuine concern on the author's part to remind Americans of their historic pride and love of country.

Caroline Kennedy's skill as a writer is surpassed only by her skills as a researcher and she displays both admirably in this collection.

Reaching to her childhood and those who influenced her, she shares her memories along with her ardent desire to enlighten the youngest of generations to true patriotism. It was refreshing to me and my 53 years of being alive to learn the interesting and compelling history behind many of our country's icons.

This book is a great read for the casual and serious reader. It reads easily in short visits or long studies as you may desire.
It is a great book to share with children who are studying the history of America.

Upon completion, you are left with a renewed American pride in your conty and a better appreciation of how we got to where we are today.

You'll be proud to keep this one on your bookshelf for years! ... Read more


15. The Illuminated Rumi
by JALAL AL-DIN RUMI
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Catlog: Book (1997-10-13)
Publisher: Broadway
Sales Rank: 12123
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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Rise up nimbly and go on your strange journey to the ocean of meanings...

In the mid-thirteenth century, in a dusty marketplace in Konya, Turkey, a city where Muslim, Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist travelers mingled, Jelaluddin Rumi, a popular philosopher and scholar, met Shams of Tabriz, a wandering dervish.Their meeting forever altered the course of Rumi's life and influenced the mystical evolution of the planet.The bond they formed was everlasting--a powerful transcendent friendship that would flow through Rumi as some of the world's best-loved ecstatic poetry.

Rumi's passionate, playful poems find and celebrate sacred life in everyday existence.They speak across all traditions, to all peoples, and today his relevance and popularity continue to grow.In The Illuminated Rumi, Coleman Barks, widely regarded as the world's premier translator of Rumi's writings, presents some of his most brilliant work, including many new translations.To complement Rumi's universal vision, Michael Green has worked the ancient art of illumination into a new, visually stunning form that joins typography, original art, old masters, photographs, and prints with sacred images from around the world.

The Illuminated Rumi is a truly groundbreaking collaboration that interweaves word and image: a magnificent meeting of ancient tradition and modern interpretation that uniquely captures the spiritual wealth of Rumi's teachings.Coleman Barks's wise and witty commentary, together with Michael Green's art, makes this a classic guide to the life of the soul for a whole new generation of seekers. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sacred art for our time meets Greatest poet of all time
This is an incredible journey into the most humanly rendered exploration of what it means to be surrendered/searching/dancing with the great mystery. Rumi is--what?-- a fully enlightened mystical poet who somehow speaks through Coleman Barks right to our ragged twentieth century hearts; The wonderful art takes it into a realm beyond words. Are there prints available of his work? Should be.

5-0 out of 5 stars a wonderful book
This translation is better then other translations of Rumi that I have read. I have read this book several times and each time I discover something that I haven't seen befor. I would recomend this book highly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book
This is a truly beautiful book - the artwork laid out with the poems is masterful. Its far more than just a book of terrific poetry - which it is by the way! I don't know how these poems read in their original language and forgive me but in this case that doesn't even matter - the writings represented here are beautifully written. I'm so glad I bought it. Its a real joy to read and contemplate.

5-0 out of 5 stars A doorway to erternity flickered open.And Rumi........
From beginning to end a true masterpiece. Always acurate and ever so gentle,pushing the boundaries of language and spirit. To slowly and gracfully unravell this oral poetry is the hardest of tasks. The translations in this book evolve with the silent tongue of the reader,eloquent,reading the reader. Rumi,shams,mean spirited roadhouses and the faint shimmer of a 13th century mystic pointing towards your spirit.Classic and captivating pictures interweave with prose effortlessly true. Thankyou.................

4-0 out of 5 stars Illuminated Rumi
I find some of the other rather pedantic reviews a bit troubling. I can, of course, appreciate that those who are more knowledgable about Sufism in general, and Rumi in specific, might be disappointed in what some obviously consider a lack of credentials on Mr. Barks part; however, as a relative newcomer to Sufism and the works of Rumi, I must say that this is an excellent place to start. No, perhaps the translation is not exact, but the combination of the magnificent illuminations, and the undeniable strengh and power of Rumi's poetry will move many newcomers like myself to do further, more in depth research and hopefully capture the true essence of the message. And isn't that the point? Start the neophytes slowly, so as not to overwhelm them; intrigue them, in order to guide them. Why else would I be here? ... Read more


16. Irish Blessings: A Photographic Celebration
by Ashley Shannon
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Catlog: Book (1999-02-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Charming
This is a Wonderful book! The pictures are very beautiful, vivid!
And the verses are lovely...I am just thrilled to have bought a copy. Our Public Library even ordered a copy after having looked through mine. Outstanding!! Truly.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Photo Collection Of Great Interest
I lived in London for two years a decade ago and so had the opportunity to travel extensively through the stunning countryside of England and Scotland. I never made it to Ireland however and so purchased Irish Blessings in order to have a good look at what I missed. TOO MUCH!

This collection of photographs was taken from a number of different sources. It is a lovely, well-assembled collection indeed and many of the plates are of a very high quality. All are of interest.

The book is broken up into three distinct parts with the first concentrating on the land itself. The second part, "...Home And Hearth," includes numerous shots of both the interior of Irish dwellings and photographs of a diverse sampling of buildings, often in sumptuous settings. The final segment of Irish Blessings is devoted to means of travel about the country which includes photographs of boats by the sea, rivers, roads through the countryside, and the odd bicycle or two propped up against a wooden covered bridge or a village pub waiting to provide simple transport to their owners.

There are not many people represented in the collection but photographs of animals that are integral to Irish country life are ubiquitous . One photo of a dog lazily resting upon the back of a horse is devine. And a picture of a cow atop a wondrous stone wall abutting the sea offers a unique, special image.

The photographs in this portfolio are matched with Irish verse and song. That is a nice idea but I only wish that a bit of text which conveyed something about the locations depicted had been included as well. As it stands, there is no way to know where in Ireland each photograph was taken unless one was very familiar with the country beforehand. A small problem perhaps, in an offering of great beauty and spirit.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Coffee Table Book...
I guess I'm partial to Irish things, but I think this is a beautiful book. Pages are split between pictures...landscapes, buildings, homes, and text... Irish blessings (May the road rise to meet you...etc.) and Irish poets. Not a book to read staight through, but a great display book for you and guests to thumb through during idle moments. ... Read more


17. Tao Te Ching
by Lao Tzu, Stephen Mitchell
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Asin: 0060160012
Catlog: Book (1988-10-01)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Sales Rank: 24110
Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars
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Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, is the classic manual on the art of living and one of the wonders of the world. In eighty-one brief chapters, the Tao Te Ching llods at the basic predicatment of being alive and gives advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit. This book is about wisdom in action. It teaches how wo work for the good with the efforless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao (the basic principle of the universe) and applies equally to good government and sexual love, to childrearing, business, and ecology.

The Tao Te Ching is the most widely traslated book in world literature, after the Bible. Yet the gemlike lucidity of the original has eluded most previous translations, and they have obscured some of its central ideas. Now the Tao Te ching has been rendered into English by the eminent scholar and traslator Stephen Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell's Dropping Ashes on the Buddha is a modern Zen classic, and his translations of Rilke and of the Book of Job have already been called definitive for our time.


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2-0 out of 5 stars new age taoism
As a Taoist I am offended when I read people saying that it's irrelevant whether Mitchell's interpolation is a good "translation" of the Tao Te Ching, irrelevant whether this is a good introduction to Taoism -- what matters to these people, and nothing else, is whether this book "moved" them.

Imagine you're a devout Christian, and someone has read a particularly beautiful, but misleading and inaccurate, translation of the Bible. Suppose you complain that Christ's message has been garbled and distorted by the "translation" -- by someone who knows no Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek -- and this person replies: "It's pretty irrelevant to me whether this is a 'proper translation' of the Bible. If a piece of art, writing or performance touches you to the core of your being then all criticism is really obsolete," etc.

Okay, quick quiz: Who of you think it would be right for someone to misinterpret the Bible into having Jehova or Christ saying things They didn't say, and then defend that interpretation because it is relevant to them? Well, you might say, it's their right to see the Bible that way, but it's certainly not Judaism or Christianity, now is it?

Just as Mitchell's so-called "translation" is _not_ Taoism. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Of course New Agers simply don't care; if it makes them happy, "moves" them, and reifies beliefs they already have, who cares about us cynics complaining about the inaccuracies of the text itself? Just accuse us of being obsessed with textual criticism, languages, and with our petty, close-minded insistence on understanding Taoism and not twisting the Tao Te Ching for its easier but uninsightful digestion by Westerners with little or no concern about actually expanding their understanding of othr belief systems.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mitchell's translation of the Tao Te Ching is definitive.
Next to the Bible, the most translated book in the world is the Tao Te Ching, the ancient Chinese Book of the Way. It lays the philosophical foundations for one of the world's great wisdom traditions, Taoism. Written approximately 2,500 years ago by the legendary sage Lao Tzu, this classic continues to inspire readers today. To translate a work that has been translated so many times before--and so well--may seem almost an act of hubris. But as the English language continues to evolve, it is the duty of the translator to attempt to restate a classic for his or her generation, in a language that they can best understand. Stephen Mitchell, in Tao Te Ching: A New English Version, has done that for our generation. And to him we owe a debt of gratitude. Huston Smith has called this translation "definitive," and he has spoken well. At first, a traditionalist may be startled by, for instance, Mitchell's referring to the master as alternately "he" and "she;" whereas, the original refers to the master as masculine, only, thereby reflecting the truth of things in sixth century B.C. China. But when one remembers that the translator is duty-bound to bring the ideas of the text to his or her contemporaries in a way that will have most meaning for them, then one can see the wisdom of taking such a liberty. And, after all, it is in the spirit of Taoism to adapt to the circumstance. As water sometimes comes to earth in the form of rain, sometimes snow, and sometimes sleet, but always in accord with the season, so this classic comes to us now in a form that is right for our own day. Thus, once again, this time with the help of Stephen Mitchell, the Tao Te Ching speaks to humanity, pointing the way.

1-0 out of 5 stars I am very confused as to how exactly this book got Published
My copy of the Daodejing is a wood-block print edition from China in traditional characters, thus, I don't really bother with buying new English Translations, especialy ones prepared for hippy wannabees by scholars with no credentials playing off of New Age fantasies and pop-culture.

Still, a freind of mine was given this book and brought it to me for evaluation, and honestly, I am very confused. I am confused as to why someone who does not speak Chinese would translate a book that is, even to Chinese speakers, elusive and dificult.

I am confused as to why a person would seek to rephrase a work that has already been translated inumerable times when they have nothing new to offer in it's study. Rephrasing other English language works is not typicaly something people pay for... other wise I will get right to work on rephrasing the works of Ernest Hemingway, and we'll see if the same publisher would pay me to do it.

I am confused as to why it is so hard for someone to get published if they have degrees and years of study in Chinese philosophy when apparently this novice can waltz in and publish something that isn't even good. I swear, I want his agent. He could probably sell snow to an eskimo.

I am confused as to why so many people would seem to get their study of philosophy from sources no more sophisticated than a shopping mall or a quote of the day calendar. New Age spirituality in America is very confusing to me, because it is taken so serriously, but it is so superficial. Anyone who had their 'mind totaly blown' by this book, or who gained a deep reverence for the ways of the east after reading it should realy realize they know nothing about what they are talking about, even if it does impress their friends at the coffeeshop.

Finaly, I am confused and so is Mr. Mitchell. He explains that he is qualified to make his marginal contribution because he spent a lot of time in Zen training. I'm a scholar of religions, so I don't want to make this too technical, but Zen is a form of Japanese Buddhism (it's Chinese counterpart is Chan) and the Daodejing is a work of Chinese Taoism. If he came face to face with Lao Zi during his Zen training, then I would hope his Roshi hit him really really hard with his Zen Stick.

Zen is Buddhist, the Daodejing is Daoist. Buddhist pracitioners venerate the Buddha, Daoist venerate the Dao, hence the names. Although there is some question of the integration of early Taoist principles into Chinese Chan Buddhism, the overlap is a concern for accademic scholars at best, and certainly, no Zen monastery keeps a copy of the Daodejing or a picture of Lao Zi around. Can we presume that Mr. Harrison was not paying enough attention during his Zen training to realize that modern Japanese Zen Buddhism and Chinese Taoism have nothing to do with eachother? What kind of training did he have?

In the end, I am just confused as to why someone would pay money for this book when there are others much better out there, others that are, for instance, actual translations.

4-0 out of 5 stars Liberal translation of an ancient classic
Stephen Mitchell's translation of the Tao te Ching is a refreshing departure from most literal translations of such works. The fact that he attempts to translate the meaning as opposed to the language of the text is what makes it refreshing as well as suspect. The reader must rely upon Mitchell's spirtual background to have faith that they are reading a book by Lao Tzu as opposed to Stephen Mitchell. This is a good book for a reader seeking an easy to read Tao. More serious readers should consider reading a more standard translation prior to reading this book. Despite this caveat, I found this to be an excellent second book and read it more often that the more literal translation that I also own.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT INTERPRETATION
I THINK THIS IS A GREAT INTERPRETATION OF "THE WAY" AND "TAO." IT'S SIMPLE...DIRECT....AND NOT "I'M GOING TO USE BIG WORDS TO MAKE YOU THINK I'M SMART". JUST PLAIN, SIMPLE, DIRECT ENGLISH TRANSLATION. THIS BOOK WILL TEACH YOU A LOT ABOUT WISDOM, PSYCHOLOGY, AND OBSERVANCES IN EVERYTHING FROM WORK, TO RELIGION, AND ESPECIALLY EVERYDAY LIFE! IT'S ALMOST LIKE IT CONNECTS YOU WITH YOUR FIRST INSTINCTS ON THINGS. I RECCOMMEND THAT YOU BUY THIS. ... Read more


18. The Subject Tonight Is Love: 60 Wild and Sweet Poems of Hafiz
by Hafiz, Daniel Ladinsky, Daniel James Ladinsky
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Asin: 0140196234
Catlog: Book (2003-01-01)
Publisher: Penguin Books
Sales Rank: 27665
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To Persians, the fourteenth-century poems of Hafiz are not classical literature from a remote past, but cherished love, wisdom, and humor from a dear and intimate friend. Perhaps, more than any other Persian poet, it is Hafiz who most fully accesses the mystical, healing dimensions of poetry. Daniel Ladinsky has made it his life's work to create modern, inspired translations of the world's most profound spiritual poetry. Through Ladinsky's translations, Hafiz's voice comes alive across the centuries singing his message of love. ... Read more


19. Mottos to Live by: A Collection of Poems (Self-Help)
by Susan Polis Schutz
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Catlog: Book (1993-08-01)
Publisher: Blue Mountain Arts
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Mottos to Live By
I feel that this book is able to get anyone through some pretty hard times. As a seventeen year old, I feel that these "mottos" are something everyone should build their lives off of. It would make the world a much better place. I recomend this book to anyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Susan Polls At Her Best!
Susan has put together a wonderful collection of mottos that inspire our spirits and comfort our souls! My ninety year old sister has shared her book with other seasoned citizens at her assisted living residence and wishes to send copies to many of her friends. A small Jewel of an anthology! ... Read more


20. Bedside Prayers
by June Cotner
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Catlog: Book (1997-11-26)
Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco
Sales Rank: 11036
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A delightful little nightstand companion to make prayera natural part of every day.

Greet the day with a celebration of sunrise -- and close it with deep appreciation for life's daily gifts and lessons. Here in one charming volume -- compiled by the author of the popular gift book Graces  find an uplifting collection of readings, prayers and poems arranged in specific sections to make the joys of prayer a simple, natural part of each day. Special prayers bring motivation to Morning, and lullabies and musings help us focus on the peace of Nightfall. Other readings offer inspiration or comfort or guide us gently through private Reflections. Bedside Prayers  is a lovely little gift book for anyone who would like to make the enjoyment of daily prayer as constant as the risings and settings of the sun.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Spiritual but NOT Religious
This anthology is filled with spiritually comforting & inspirational passages--BUT I appreciate that it does NOT have a Christian/Scripture bent. The passages are short paragraphs or poems (not long essays & stories like the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series) I work in the "helping professions" and find reading this a great way to stay centered & effective before working with difficult clients. I suspect folks in recovery would really enjoy this book. I bought this book for my 89 year old grandmother who is homebound and marked favorite passages to share with her. I am a real person, not a publisher trying to sell copies of this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not For Bedtime Only
With its cozy quilt theme, Bedside Prayers is right at home on the bedside table--ready for reading, meditating and praying before sleep. Each contribution is short and accessible, with topics touching on silence, love, aging, darkness and light, blessings, simplicity and much more. Cotner's title may refer to our bedroom hours, but her collection contains thoughts readers can cherish throughout the day. ... Read more


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