The Book of Courage

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Writer and artist Hans Wilhelm delivers messages of comfort and courage in a book meant to inspire readers at times when their whole world seems falling down around them. He supplements his own inspiring thoughts by drawing from religious sources of many cultures and teachings. His central claims are twofold. First, he asserts that the realm of spirit—not the material world—is the ultimate reality. Second, he believes that all men and women are one with God. Citing from Ecclesiastes, Isaiah, Psalms, The New ...

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Overview

Writer and artist Hans Wilhelm delivers messages of comfort and courage in a book meant to inspire readers at times when their whole world seems falling down around them. He supplements his own inspiring thoughts by drawing from religious sources of many cultures and teachings. His central claims are twofold. First, he asserts that the realm of spirit—not the material world—is the ultimate reality. Second, he believes that all men and women are one with God. Citing from Ecclesiastes, Isaiah, Psalms, The New Testament, spiritual thinkers from the East, and even from secular writers like Goethe and Charles Dickens, Wilhelm offers words of wisdom for readers when they are facing tough situations, are frightened about the future, or are beset with personal suffering. Finally, Wilhelm invites his readers to "Celebrate life—even in the midst of a storm. Bring joy because you are Joy!"

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Children's Literature
No matter what religious or spiritual beliefs one espouses, this book can provide insights for coping with life as it unfolds. Sharing the common experiences of humanity, the author has spent many years inspiring people to reach inside themselves and find the courage to face life with an awareness of the spiritual world as a source of strength and unity. This is a thought provoking, encouraging collection of affirmations, quotations, and sayings representing 40 years of the author's life of studying, reading about, and learning the universal laws of the mastery of life. The works cited are from a variety of world religions, spiritual leaders, secular writings, and the author's own writings. He acknowledges that every life is fraught with difficult times, times of grief, and times of despair, as well as moments of joy and delight. Using a variety of sublime watercolor techniques, including stylized images in geometric patterns and symbolic designs, every page is illustrated to enhance the impact of the words. Drawing on the inner courage everyone possesses, this book reaches out to persuade the reader that there is direction and meaning in facing the suffering, fears, or other times of distress that exist as part of the universe of all life. Sample pages here and there, or read it the first time straight through; this title will warrant re-reading and sharing its wisdom with others. Philosophy students, religious teachers, and those with questions about life in general will benefit from time spent in the depths of this unique book. 2006, Barrons, Ages 12 up.
—Sheilah Egan
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Wilhelm is a strikingly talented author and illustrator his previous titles include What Are Friends For? and Anook: The Snow Princess and this brief, lovely new volume combines the pleasures of a work of sage counsel influenced by the likes of author C.S. Lewis, psychiatrist Victor Frankl, and polymath Johann Wolfgang Goethe with those of a picture book. One of the better stocking-stuffer spirituality titles we are likely to see this year; highly recommended. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764159589
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Hans Wilhelm has written and illustrated more than 180 books for adults and children, including What Are Friends For?, Friends Around the World, Anook the Snow Princess, and With Lots of Love, all available in North America from Barron's.

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