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The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning

The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning

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by Ernest Kurtz
     
 

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I Am Not Perfect is a simple  statement of profound truth, the first step toward  understanding the human condition, for to deny  your essential imperfection is to deny yourself and  your own humanity. The spirituality of  imperfection, steeped in the rich traditions of the Hebrew  prophets and

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I Am Not Perfect is a simple  statement of profound truth, the first step toward  understanding the human condition, for to deny  your essential imperfection is to deny yourself and  your own humanity. The spirituality of  imperfection, steeped in the rich traditions of the Hebrew  prophets and Greek thinkers, Buddhist sages and  Christian disciples, is a message as timeless as it is  timely. This insightful work draws on the wisdom  stories of the ages to provide an extraordinary  wellspring of hope and inspiration to anyone  thirsting for spiritual growth and guidance in these  troubled times.

Who are we? Why so  we so often fall short of our goals for ourselves  and others? By seeking to understand our  limitations and accept the inevitably of failure and pain,  we being to ease the hurt and move toward a  greater sense of serenity and self-awareness.  The Spirituality Of Imperfection brings  together stories from many spiritual and  philosophical paths, weaving past traditions into a  spirituality and a new way of thinking and living that  works today. It speaks so anyone who yearns to find  meaning within suffering. Beyond theory and  technique, inside this remarkable book you will find a  new way of thinking, a way of living that enables  a truly human existence.

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"An  inspiring guide, offering comfort...to those who  want to stop striving for perfection and start  living."—Publishers Weekly  

"A brilliant anthology of  wisdom stories from all the great traditions centered  around a most compelling and discerning  issue."—M. Scott Peck

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553371321
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1993
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
243
Sales rank:
71,501
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author

ERNEST KURTZ is the author of Not-God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous, A.A.: The Story, and Shame and Guilt. He holds a Ph.D. in the history of American civilization from Harvard and is currently affiliated with the Center for Self-Help Research at the University of Michigan.

KATHERINE KETCHAM is the co-author of five previous nonfiction books, including the bestseller Under the Influence: A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism (Bantam) and Witness for the Defense: The Accused, The Eyewitness, and the Expert Who Puts Memory on Trial, which was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection.

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The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this book is written in the context of recovery, it is no more 'just' recovery book than the Bible is 'just' a book about the Christian faith. The breadth and depth of the authors' insight opens a vista of spiritual experience that I have seen nowhere else. There are pages and paragraphs that took my breath in their simplicity and clarity of thought. I have sent copies to friends in recovery, friends not in recovery, and clerics, and I have recommended it to dozens of people. My personal, dog-eared and worn copy is a constant companion when I travel, and resides at my bedside when I'm home. It's must reading for any student of spirituality.
Guest More than 1 year ago
By far one of the best books on spirituality that I have come across thus far - and out side of the rigid religious books on the topic. Im always somewhat leary when picking up books on the esoteric or spiritual - somewhat half-expecting someone's preachy dogma based basically on one faith alone. Surprise! This book was so different. Although the key background of the book discusses the founding of Alcoholics Annonymous and the basic and so simplisticly wonderful guidelines that were eventually set up for A.A - these guidelines on embracing yourself - and yes, even your mistakes in life - rather than trying to forget that you are human - is beneficial for ALL people who have stumbled in all kinds of ways in life (not only via alcoholism). I was particularly impressed how the authors were able to present tiny tales and stories literally from every existent faith - which was truly beautiful - because at the end of the book you come to realize that what really matters out of religion as a whole, is the concept of forgiveness - - and this particular concept is practically the same in all faiths. In a nutshell, this book is very UNpreachy - fun yet deep, spirtually uplifting, yet enjoyable. Utterly human in heart - and Godly in soul. Anyone whose looking for some personal forgiveness and a little bit of hope - should definitely pick this book up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this for a friend who is in NA, and he said "It's not the book I wanted, but it's the one I needed... life changing. I consider this divine intervention, and love you for sending it to me." That says it all, doesn't it? :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book provides rich insight into the age old history of codependency issues concerning perfectionism. The authors intertwine the history and success of the Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Step Program. It is a beautiful as well as enjoyable read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read a lot and a habit that I have is to mark the pages I want to go back to later.As I read this book I realized that I was ruining it because I turned down nearly every page and marked it up so much.....This insight is beyond description!....I was raised in the church and I never heard anything this clear from any pulpit......Thank you for the insight......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book in small bites because I could not take in more than a few paragraphs at a time. I originally bought this as a paperback. I have since bought the nook version so I can always have it available. I'm going to give the paperback to someone who is ready for a massive step forward in their life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Knowing Imperfection seems to be the key to really understanding God. I highly recommend this book and the book An Encounter With A Prophet. These authors know God
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Candace Carbullido More than 1 year ago
We read & discussed with a group. Wonderful points that & chapters that make such compliated conclusions into simple sense. Great read, I loved it.
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Loislovesbooks More than 1 year ago
This book should be read by anyone who is on a spiritual quest. It is ideal for alcoholics and drug addicts who are working spiritual recovery programs. But this book would be helpful for anyone who is searching for meaning in life.