The Wall: A Parable

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"It occurred to me that I could keep people out of my life by building a simple wall. The wall would be a kind of boundary, a kind of protection..."

Thus begins this beautiful, heart-searching modern parable written and illustrated by Gloria Jay Evans. The "simple wall," begun out of a desire for some measure of privacy, gradually becomes more and more complex—and ugly—as huge stones of fear, anger, jealousy, resentment, self-pity, pride and ...
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Overview

"It occurred to me that I could keep people out of my life by building a simple wall. The wall would be a kind of boundary, a kind of protection..."

Thus begins this beautiful, heart-searching modern parable written and illustrated by Gloria Jay Evans. The "simple wall," begun out of a desire for some measure of privacy, gradually becomes more and more complex—and ugly—as huge stones of fear, anger, jealousy, resentment, self-pity, pride and indifference block out all of the outside world.

Until—"in the stillness of my broken world I knew in my whole being a Blessed Presence. I knelt there in wonder that God would come to me. And I wept with joy that I was not alone—and that my darkness had been penetrated by his blessed light."

That divine-human encounter marks the turning point in the parable of The Wall. Stone by stone, the author tells how God leads us to break down our restrictive walls by getting rid of our negative attitudes toward other people. It is not an easy task, and there are occasional slips back into the old habit patterns, but little by little we re-discover the thrill of sharing and open communication.

A divine-human encounter which marks a turning point for a woman who has built a wall to keep people out of her life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967167305
  • Publisher: Evans Enterprises
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Pages: 45
  • Sales rank: 107,161

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    A remarkable book

    I first encountered this book in a doctor's waiting room, and over many years, I've probably bought 20 copies of this book and given them away to friends.

    The Wall deals with isolation that people often self-impose and how it ends up causing more pain than it was intended to protect them from. It is an illustrated story of a woman's struggle to find safety in a world that is unpredictable and unsupportive and who, when she has constructed her protections (her walls) all around her, is so isolated and alone that she falls into despair and finally calls out to God who gently helps her over time to dismantle her walls and come back into the world again.

    I've done reading about this book and have found that it is used in therapy situations for survivors of abuse and in prison settings as well. We have added several copies to our church library.

    I consider this book an important book for anyone dealing with despair, isolation, grief and spiritual disconnection. It's a quick read (perhaps 20 minutes) but is quite moving, especially to people involved in these kinds of struggles.

    I recommend it without reservation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2003

    Awesome!!

    The Wall: A parable by Gloria J. Evans is one of the best books that a person could ever read. The book opened my eyes and will help do the same for anyone else that is willing to read this book and take the time to think about what is being said.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2003

    Remarkable and outstanding

    For any professional working in the area of treating addictions this book is outstanding. Especially when doing Intensive Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Treatment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2002

    It's Great

    The Wall: A Parable, is one of the best books that I have ever read. It is a great book to read when you think life could not get any worse.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2000

    Thoughtprovoking, short and to the point.

    This book is for anyone who has every felt alone, and I cannot believe you haven't. Read this for a bit of insight. This is not a long winded, hard to read, mind boggling story. Very easy to read, a first grader could get through it. Yet it is one of the best I have read and reread. I have passed it on to many.

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