The Robe of Love: Secret Instructions for the Heart

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“Irresistible. A major force in the renaissance of storytelling in America.” —New York Times

“The Robe of Love takes us straight to the heart singing, glorious reminding us in story after story that no matter who we are—unschooled or learned, young or old – we must make the journey, no matter how difficult. And if we do so faithfully, the deepest love of life waits for us with open arms.” —China Galland, author of Longing for Darkness: Tara and the Black Madonna

Acclaimed story teller Laura Simms gives us a rich ...

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Overview

“Irresistible. A major force in the renaissance of storytelling in America.” —New York Times

“The Robe of Love takes us straight to the heart singing, glorious reminding us in story after story that no matter who we are—unschooled or learned, young or old – we must make the journey, no matter how difficult. And if we do so faithfully, the deepest love of life waits for us with open arms.” —China Galland, author of Longing for Darkness: Tara and the Black Madonna

Acclaimed story teller Laura Simms gives us a rich tapestry of tales that unveil the secrets of love in all of its forms. Passionate, riveting, often humorous, these stories of emotional, physical, and spiritual love come from a variety of traditions, including Celtic, Inuit, Persian, Hindu, Jewish, and African. As meaningful today as when they were first told her evocative, retellings of these tales of the mysteries of the heart lead us to many faces and profound requirements of love.

“A varied and subtle collection of stories, both wise and intensely engaging, on the profound instructions of love.” —Goia Timpanelli, author of Sometimes the Soul and Tales from the Rood of the World

“One can never know what love will look like or what form it will take. Each of these fourteen stories is a passage to love with its own perils and triumphs, disappointments, and miracles. It is in the power of story to remind us what we have forgotten, what we need to remember to restore our hearts.” —Terry Tempest Williams, author of Refuge, Red, and Leap

Laura Simms is an internationally renowned storyteller, author, and recording artist whom Maori elders call “as good as our grandparents.” She is the author of the award-winning children’s book, Rotten Teeth (Houghton Mifflin) and the spoken word recording The Gift of Dreams (Sounds True) which Publishers Weekly called “spellbinding,” among other books and recordings. A contributing editor to Parabola magazine, she is co-chairman of the National Healing Story Alliance, and has served as artist-in-residence at New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Arts.

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In her foreword to this wonderful collection of stories from around the world, Williams emphasizes that storytelling is for Simms "an act of reciprocity" with her listeners, that her voice transmits the physical sensation of the interconnection of life. Here, Simms (author of the children's book Rotten Teeth) proves that her stories can do their work without the warm medium of her voice. Writing in the spare, poetic style one would expect from a gifted storyteller, Simms allows the ancient human essence of these diverse stories to work their magic. Ranging across times and cultures, from the Caucasus to Ireland to India to Korea to Tibet to Morocco, none of these tales are about love in the usual sense. "Rather, love is what breaks open within the reader as the stories come to life in the invisible chambers of the heart," she explains in an introduction. "Love is what is always waiting within us to ignite into the fire of longing for union" In the title story, a young girl longs for the "Robe of Love." Through a series of surprising and beautiful twists and turns, she comes to possess it only to lose it. The girl learns that she must make a long journey to claim her heart's desire. Readers will savor every step of the journey that Simms creates in this work. She accomplishes the same quiet miracle she achieves in performance. As she transports us, she also leads us to sense that the union we most long for is with our own innermost being. (Nov.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930337053
  • Publisher: Codhill Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Codhill Press Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 92
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Simms is an internationally renowned storyteller, author, and recording artist whom Maori elders call "as good as our grandparents."She is the author of the award-winning children's book, Rotten Teeth (Houghton Mifflin) and the spoken word recording The Gift of Dreams (Sounds True) which Publishers Weekly called "spellbinding." A contributing editor to Parabola magazine and co-chairman of the National Healing Story Alliance, she has served as artist-in-residence at New York City's Lincoln Center for the Arts and travels around the world telling stories for adults and children alike.
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