Dark Splendor

Dark Splendor

Author: Robert P. Vande Kappelle

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781498230759

Category: Religion

Page: 170

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Mistakes, disappointments, suffering, and heartbreak can prevent us from growing physically, emotionally, even spiritually, or they can propel us to a new way of life. Building on the contributions of therapists, holistic healers, and spiritual mentors such as Richard Rohr, James Hollis, Elizabeth Lesser, Bill Plotkin, Ken Wilber, and Thich Nhat Hanh, Dark Splendor takes us on a journey into "depth" spirituality, exploring the two halves of life, noting how the perspectives and experiences of the first half of life either leave us frozen emotionally and spiritually, or serve as stepping stones to the vibrant maturity called "the second half of life." This "further journey" is not chronological, nor does one magically stumble upon it at midlife or in times of crisis, though these often serve as catalysts. The second journey is largely unknown today, even by people we consider deeply religious, since most individuals and institutions remain stymied in the preoccupations of the first half of life, establishing identity, creating boundary markers, and seeking security. The first-half-of-life task, while essential, is not the full journey. Furthermore, one cannot walk the second journey with first-journey tools. One needs a new toolkit. Dark Splendor provides the transformational tools that help transport us to the mystery and beauty of the second half of life. The world is more magical, less predictable, more autonomous, less controllable, more varied, less simple, more infinite, less knowable, more wonderfully troubling then we could have imagined being able to tolerate when we were young. --James Hollis God comes to you disguised as your life. --Paula D'Arcy

The Dark Splendour

The Dark Splendour

Author: Les Visible

Publisher: Mandrake

ISBN: 1869928695

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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Billy Joe thought of himself as beyond the restrictions of the common herd. He was free to do his own will as no other was, above limits and laws, past apprehension, unreachable, untouchable, an entity unto himself alone. This is what he thought. But this is not what he was. Everything he did served the will and the interests of a force far older and deeper than he would ever reach. In comparison, he was like a child playing with blocks. He served a master who was loyal to no one, just as he was loyal to no one. There were many men like Billy Joe in the world, less accomplished in their evil, but moving deliberately down that ancient staircase into the 'Dark Splendor'. One part crime novel and one part occult thriller, the book takes us behind the veil of appearances into a world where nothing is what it seems. Set against the backdrop of the island of Maui, the pacing grips us from the first page and sends us at a gallop on a white-knuckled ride featuring serial killers, drug dealers, horrific murder, martial artists, reincarnation, ceremonial magic, a black magician and an immortal Tibetan Master. For pure enjoyment and surprise this book is guaranteed to remain in your thoughts long after you have finished reading.

Dark Splendor

Dark Splendor

Author: Andrea Parnell

Publisher: Scarborough, Ont. : New American Library of Canada

ISBN: 0451144821

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Page: 269

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Deeper Splendor

Deeper Splendor

Author: Robert P. Vande Kappelle

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781666737905

Category: Religion

Page: 204

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Life’s ultimate adventure—its grandest game and greatest challenge—is the spiritual transformation of the self. According to Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, personality and spirituality are interrelated, spirituality flowing out of individuality. Noting that people differ in fundamental ways, even though they possess the same instincts to drive them from within, Jung discovered that preference, rather than instinct, upbringing, environment, or genetic conditioning, is central to personality. The task of spirituality, then, is not to help us achieve correct doctrine or attain saintly status, but rather to help us best understand our humanity. This endeavor drives Deeper Splendor, a study of spirituality and personality in modern literature. We focus on modern literature, rather than on theology, philosophy, psychology, or sociology, because, as this volume makes clear, one of the best resources for studying transformative spirituality is great literature. The great power of literature is that it speaks of human action and thought, not in the dry, matter-of-fact terms of history, ethics, psychology, or some other science, but in ways that are lively, uplifting, and productive. Engaging with great literature is like beginning a love affair. Such encounters may appear daunting at first, but when you fall in love, you want to know everything about the object of your love, and every encounter leaves you wanting more. When literature enhances spirituality—as is true in the dozen or more selections examined in Deeper Splendor—each literary moment renders us more fully alive. Like its companion texts, Wading in Water and Deep Splendor, this volume is useful for individual or group study. Each chapter concludes with questions suitable for discussion or reflection.

Deep Splendor

Deep Splendor

Author: Robert P. Vande Kappelle

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781666794441

Category: Religion

Page: 228

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People concerned with spirituality are seekers; instead of possessing truth, they seek to be possessed by it. Thus, a fully spiritual person is forever learning and growing. William Blake, the seminal mystic poet who worked to bring about change both in the social order and in common ways of thinking, taught that "all we need to do is cleanse the doors of perception, and we shall see things as they are--infinite." And nothing cleanses--and enlarges--the doors of perception like great literature. Whether it be poetry, a short story, a novel, historical fiction, fantasy literature, or biographical writing, the literary experience is slightly beyond a reader's horizon of understanding. When literature enhances spirituality--as is true of the dozen or more selections examined in Deep Splendor--each literary moment confounds in order to keep us forever enthralled, forever longing. The authors and works examined in this study explore timeless spiritual themes such as coming of age, relationships, self-integration, the struggle of good versus evil, the nature of change, and the corruptive aspects of power. When we think about great literature, it is easy to focus objectively on the literature itself, on what makes literature "bad" or "good." However, another essential distinction involves the reader, replacing the category "good book" with that of "good reader." As master teacher C. S. Lewis wrote, a quality of good readers is that they seek an enlargement of their being. Deep Splendor will teach you how to read great literature and how to be a good reader.

Dark King of The North

Dark King of The North

Author: Ty Johnston

Publisher: Ty Johnston

ISBN: 9781484997543

Category: Fiction

Page: 318

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Kron Darkbow and companions have survived the mean streets of the city of Bond and the dangers of the Prison Lands, but now they dare to journey into Kobalos, a dark northern land ruled by King Verkain, a powerful mage rumored to be immortal and mad. Always on their trail is underworld crime boss Belgad the Liar and his crew of deadly killers. Not only does Belgad seek vengeance against Kron, but he also wants to capture Kron's friend, the healer Randall Tendbones, the last of Verkain's children whom the king wants dead. For Randall's slaying would fulfill one more step in an ancient prophecy predicting the rise of the Dark King of the North, and Verkain believes he is this figure, ready to bring death and destruction across all lands, to rule with a hammering fist of iron. It is in Kobalos, in the darkest of hours, alone with enemies all around, Darkbow becomes the last hope for all. But to defeat his foes, first he must learn to defeat his own rage. Also available City of Rogues: Book I of The Kobalos Trilogy Road to Wrath: Book II of The Kobalos Trilogy Blade and Flame: Prequel to The Kobalos Trilogy (short story) The Kobalos Trilogy Omnibus

The Actress's Daughter

The Actress's Daughter

Author: May Agnes Fleming

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783752326772

Category: Fiction

Page: 280

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Reproduction of the original: The Actress's Daughter by May Agnes Fleming

The Wordsworth Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

The Wordsworth Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

Author: Martin H. Manser

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 1853267570

Category: Travel

Page: 245

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This dictionary aims to help users to find the most appropriate word to use on a wide range of occasions. It is designed in particular for students, those writing reports, letters and speeches, and crossword solvers, but is also useful as a general word reference. Special features include: an alphabetical A-Z listing; numbered senses for words with more than one meaning; British and American variants; and specially marked colloquial uses.

The Actress' Daughter

The Actress' Daughter

Author: May Agnes Fleming

Publisher: The Floating Press

ISBN: 9781776536870

Category: Fiction

Page: 372

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The child of Irish immigrants, author May Agnes Fleming was born in Canada and lived her final years in the United States. The gripping romance novel The Actress' Daughter contains many of the elements that contributed to Fleming's popular acclaim: strong female characters, complex plot twists, and plenty of shadowy intrigue.