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An American Mystic: a novel of spiritual adventure. SIGNED by author

Gurian, Michael

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ISBN 10: 0670882968 / ISBN 13: 9780670882960
Published by Viking/ Arkana, New York, 2000
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Title: An American Mystic: a novel of spiritual ...

Publisher: Viking/ Arkana, New York

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:brand new

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Under the tutelage of an aging Sufi master, Ben Brickman, an American graduate student in psychology, embarks on a spiritual quest that leads him around the world as he completes ten tasks of enlightenment designed to reveal the ultimate truth. By the author of The Wonder of Boys. 22,500 first printing.

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Michael Gurian, whose previous books gave voice to his impressive gifts as a psychotherapist, father, and social commentator, now ventures into the realm of spiritual fiction in American Mystic. Ben Brickman is an American living in Paris who is crippled by writer's block. Eventually he meets a Turkish mystic named Josef who consents to become his teacher--but only if he agrees to travel with Josef to Istanbul. Whenever Ben turns a chance encounter into an opportunity for spiritual growth, Gurian inserts a boxed one-page narrative, showing how Ben has just taken one of the "ten steps to enlightenment." For example, when Ben commits to going to Istanbul and then has a dream in which his arms turn into white wings, Gurian frames a box titled "The Threshold," explaining that "The third task of the mystic lies in becoming one with the senses. This is called sensory immersion.... This is not hedonism. Rather, it is sensory action that breaks down ego defense." Unfortunately, this overriding lesson plan makes the story seem stilted and overly contrived, à la The Celestine Prophecy. Even so, as a vehicle for exploring stages of spiritual growth, this is a time-honored device--take an adventure story and make it an archetypal quest. As a result, readers who appreciate storytelling as a means to enlightenment will find themselves happily at home in this genre. --Gail Hudson

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