God In All Worlds: An Anthology of Contemporary Spiritual Writing

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Spanning fifty years and representing traditions from Christianity, Judaism, and Hinduism to Gaia worship and New Age beliefs, this bountiful anthology forms an inclusive map of the spiritual journey and its landmarks. Its twenty-two chapters describe prayer and meditation, the power of myth, the Mother goddess and the Cosmic Christ, the struggle with evil, the gifts of love and grace, and the awe-filled encounter with a divine Other that is intensely personal yet has the capacity to transform the world. God in All Worlds includes the work of some of the great religious thinkers of our century--Krishnamurti, Paul Tillich, Martin Buber, the Dalai Lama, and Mother Teresa. But among its more than one-hundred contributors are also poets (Allen Ginsberg, Maya Angelou), novelists (Flannery O'Connor), activists (Mahatma Gandhi, Vaclav Havel), psychologists (Carl Jung, Abraham Maslow), feminists (Germaine Greer, Robin Morgan), naturalists (Barry Lopez), and physicists (Albert Einstein, Fritjof Capra). The result is a book of dazzling breadth and insight that will inspire, console, enlighten, and renew readers for years to come.

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Vardey has compiled a remarkably rich and diverse anthology of spiritual writings that will engage and inspire those interested in the state of their soul or, less personally, the evolution of spirituality over the past 50 years. Some of the more conspicuous changes in Western spiritual discourse and practice have been the tremendous influence of Eastern thought, the increased role of women, ecological concerns, and the connection between cosmology and the sacred. Vardey touches on all those perspectives in this passionately researched and creatively organized anthology that follows the path of a spiritual journey. Vardey's own cogent commentary and the eloquent excerpts she has chosen resonate together to make a sort of music of the soul. On one page spread, for example, Vardey quotes Thomas Merton, physicist Fritjof Capra, Alan Watts, and Martin Buber. She has included poems, brilliant letters from an imprisoned Vaclav Havel, and striking passages by C. G. Jung, Thich Nhat Hanh, Aldous Huxley, J. Krishnamurti, Marion Woodman, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mary A. Bateson, to name just a few of the more than 100 distinguished and inspired contributors. This major work is a genuine treasury of spiritual thought and expression. Donna Seaman

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Vardey (Belonging: A Book for the Questioning Catholic Today) has gathered a diverse and highly philosophical collection of modern (since 1945) writings representative of all spiritual traditions. Her goal is to "contribute to the understanding of the revelation of the spirit in our time." More than 100 contributors, including Hans Kung, Thomas Merton, Aldous Huxley, J. Krishnamurti, Pierre Tielhard de Chardin, Martin Buber, Vaclav Havel and Mother Theresa, chart the spiritual journey of the soul. The editor provides very brief introductions to 21 chapters devoted to such subjects as the quest, revelation, trials, surrender, death and eternal life. This erudite anthology with its relevant material on mysticism, New Age consciousness, ecology, goddess worship and cosmological speculation is sure to become a treasured resource for both small-group and formal study.
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