The Holy Intimacy of Strangers / Edition 1

The Holy Intimacy of Strangers / Edition 1

by Sarah York
     
 

How is it that we can sometimes reveal our innermost secrets to a stranger sitting next to us on an airplane yet find it difficult to be as open with our close friends?

In The Holy Intimacy of Strangers Sarah York explores our common yearning for deeper and more meaningful connection with one another. The book presents the paradox we often observe:

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Overview

How is it that we can sometimes reveal our innermost secrets to a stranger sitting next to us on an airplane yet find it difficult to be as open with our close friends?

In The Holy Intimacy of Strangers Sarah York explores our common yearning for deeper and more meaningful connection with one another. The book presents the paradox we often observe: how our seemingly casual interactions with strangers can unlock the door to our hearts and help us discover how we need (and yet often resist) true intimacy in our relationships.

This provocative book gives us a new way to look at the qualities of our exchanges with strangers. Once we begin this journey we can trace the outlines of our lives together in community-our expressions of caring and hospitality, the costs of prejudice and judgment, our fears and defensiveness, the tension between being inclusive or exclusive, our expectations and assumptions about one another.

The Holy Intimacy of Strangers is filled with stories-from a heartwarming encounter with a family on a picnic in the park to being captive in an elevator with unpleasant fellow passengers that illuminate the presence and meaning of strangers in our lives. The greatest spiritual gift we will receive from this book will be the one we give ourselves of deepening compassion for ourselves and others as we gain a sense of our own power to make the world a gentler, more generous place.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787960476
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/06/2002
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

A Note to Readers.

Gratitudes.

Introduction.

Chapter One: Moment of Truth.

Chapter Two: Bonds of Freedom.

Chapter Three: Close to Home.

Chapter Four: Fear Itself.

Chapter Five: There But for the Grace of God.

Chapter Six: Secrets and Strangers.

Chapter Seven: Shadows and Strangers.

Chapter Eight: Hospitality: The Gift of Presence.

Chapter Nine: Something There Is That Doesn't Love a Wall.

Notes.

The Author.

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