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This fascinating look at the sacred art of pilgrimage integrates spirituality, practice, spiritual formation, psychology, world religions and historical resources. It examines how the world’s religious pilgrimages evolved as central spiritual practices and the relationship between pilgrimage and transformation. Intended for both the novice and the experienced traveler, this spiritual resource provides guidelines for preparation, tips on how to organize pilgrimages and a list of resources to aid those called to the journey today.
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Dr. Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook, an Episcopal priest, is a popular teacher, speaker and retreat leader on topics related to Christian spirituality, mysticism, social activism and interreligious encounter. A professor of practical theology at Claremont School of Theology, Claremont Lincoln University, and professor of Anglican studies at Bloy House, the Episcopal Theological School at Claremont, she is author of Hildegard of Bingen: Essential Writings and Chants of a Christian Mystic―Annotated & Explained and Pilgrimage―The Sacred Art: Journey to the Center of the Heart, among other books.Review:
"A deeply satisfying―and oftentimes rollicking―account of one of the most important religious practices on earth.... You'll love this book!"
―Mark Massa, SJ, dean, School of Theology and Ministry, Boston College
"Beautifully written ... will take the reader to the center of the heart as it did to me."
―Deepak Shimkhada, PhD, president, Indic Foundation; professor of Hindu studies, Claremont Lincoln University
"Helping us claim our deepest heart's desires and find our way ... a trove of insight, both ancient and new."
―The Rev. Curtis Almquist, SSJE, The Society of Saint John the Evangelist, Cambridge, Massachusetts
"A timely and compelling invitation to both the secular and religious seeker.... Interreligiously aware, grounded in deep expertise and accessible."
―Elena Procario-Foley, Driscoll Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies, Iona College
"A reflective journey through the liminal spaces of life where the need for meaning encounters the challenges and violence of contemporary experience.... Provides illustrative examples to structure the ways and means of spiritual homecoming."
―Rodney L. Petersen, PhD, executive director, Boston Theological Institute
“Beautiful and sensitive.... Blend[s] the lines between theory and practice such that the religious scholar and the thoughtful practitioner might each learn from the other.”
―The Rev. Dr. Stephen Butler Murray, dean and associate professor of theology, Barrytown College; American Baptist chaplain, Harvard University
“A treasure trove of guidance and inspiration for that which Sufis say can never be found by seeking, yet only seekers find.”
―Imam Jamal Rahman, author, Spiritual Gems of Islam: Insights & Practices from the Qur'an, Hadith, Rumi & Muslim Teaching Stories to Enlighten the Heart & Mind
“A true feast for both mind and spirit.... To students, scholars, activists, artists, spiritual seekers young and old, I can only say: Take, read, savor, and embark!”
―Alexander Levering Kern, executive director, Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service, Northeastern University; poet and editor, Becoming Fire: Spiritual Writing from Rising Generations
this book was wonderful!(a writer Publisher's Weekly 2013-07-12)
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