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Return to the Promised Land is a practical guide for spiritual growth that combines a twelve-step program with a fresh approach to the Exodus story. In this accessible, nonsectarian book, Schnarr compares the Israelites' struggles in the wilderness to present-day battles to overcome addictions or compulsive behaviors.

In each chapter, Schnarr examines one biblical episode, exploring the plight or progress of the Israelites as he shows parallels to contemporary psychological and behavioral setbacks or successes. Among the issues he addresses are escaping the ego's tyranny, holding onto hope in stressful times, and accepting minor problems. Practical exercises at the end of each chapter help the reader apply Schnarr's insights to his or her spiritual recovery.

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Grant R. Schnarr is a Swedenborgian minister and author of Unlocking Your Spiritual Potential: A Twelve-Step Approach. He ahs led seminars in the twelve-step program and spiritual-growth fellowships for over fourteen years. He and his wife Cathy have four children.

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In Return To The Promised Land: The Story Of Our Spiritual Recovery, Grant Schnarr lights the path of the soul's journey home by applying a twelve-step approach to the symbolic meaning of the Exodus story. He compares the struggles of the Israelites in the wilderness to present-day battles to overcome compulsive thoughts and actions. Each chapter examines one biblical episode, drawing parallels between the plight or progress of the Israelites and contemporary psychological and behavioral setbacks or successes. Universal issues (escaping from the tyranny of the ego, keeping hope during times of pain, and accepting minor problems ) are addressed. Schnarr recounts his own progress through darkness; his steadfast quest to recover his rugged and joy-filled spirit assure us that the journey is worth taking. Practical exercises at the end of each chapter help the reader survive his or her wilderness times and find the promised land of spiritual recovery. -- Midwest Book Review

Inspired by Emanuel Swedenborg, philosopher, scientist, and mystic who authored The Last Judgment in Retrospect in 1758, Grant Schnarr's book provides the basis for a spiritual journey. Using the Exodus event from the Hebrew canon (Christian New Testament), Reverend Schnarr relates the biblical stories associated with Israelite slavery under the pharaohs in Egypt, their escape from slavery, 40 years of wandering in the desert, and their eventual conquering of and settlement in the Land of Canaan to his own life and to the lives of contemporary people involved in recovery from addictions. Grant Schnarr grew up in an alcoholic family. He himself was a gang leader and an alcoholic in his youth. During early adulthood, he began to confront and peel away the addictions that had come to plague his life through soul-searching and spiritual labor [p. xiii]. Return to the Promised Land is Rev. Schnarr's genuine effort to help others as well as himself find spiritual shelter within our human experience. Particularly beneficial and insightful are his questions and suggestions at the end of each chapter, which include: "What are the taskmasters in your life?," "What destructive part of you must die before a new and healthy you can be born?," and "Make time to relax daily." -- From Independent Publisher

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Published by Swedenborg Foundation, United States (2006)
ISBN 10: 0877851794 ISBN 13: 9780877851790
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Book Description Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. Return to the Promised Land is a practical guide for spiritual growth that combines a twelve-step program with a fresh approach to the Exodus story. In this accessible, nonsectarian book, Schnarr compares the Israelites' struggles in the wilderness to present-day battles to overcome addictions or compulsive behaviors. In each chapter, Schnarr examines one biblical episode, exploring the plight or progress of the Israelites as he shows parallels to contemporary psychological and behavioral setbacks or successes. Among the issues he addresses are escaping the ego's tyranny, holding onto hope in stressful times, and accepting minor problems. Practical exercises at the end of each chapter help the reader apply Schnarr's insights to his or her spiritual recovery. Seller Inventory # LIO9780877851790

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