Tying Rocks to Clouds: Meetings and Conversations with Wise and Spiritual People: Meetings and Conversations with Wise and Spiritual People

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With intrepid good spirits, author Bill Elliott interviews the world's foremost spiritual figures, acquainting us with their exuberant earthly charms as well as their insight and intelligence. Propelled since childhood by the untimely deaths of his parents, Elliott traveled the globe to meet with these luminaries and directly find out their answers to the fundamental questions of existence: What is life's purpose? What is God or Ultimate Reality? Why do people suffer? Does a part of us live on after death? The ...
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Overview

With intrepid good spirits, author Bill Elliott interviews the world's foremost spiritual figures, acquainting us with their exuberant earthly charms as well as their insight and intelligence. Propelled since childhood by the untimely deaths of his parents, Elliott traveled the globe to meet with these luminaries and directly find out their answers to the fundamental questions of existence: What is life's purpose? What is God or Ultimate Reality? Why do people suffer? Does a part of us live on after death? The list of people he met is both diverse and impressive. Not only do they represent every major religious tradition, from Rober Schuller, Rabbi Harold Kushner, and Norman Vincent Peale to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Jack Kornfield, but also an exciting variety of perspectives, from Ram Dass to Mother Teresa to psychologist B.F. Skinner.

Time and again, the sages included here warmed to Elliott's heartfelt longing for meaning in the world. Their views are framed by Elliott's endearing voice, engaging and perceptive, and by his wonderfully warm sense of humor. Tying Rocks to Clouds is sometimes sad, often funny, and always filled with freshness and joy as it reveals wisdom collected from across the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Would you like to talk about the meaning of life with Mother Teresa, Norman Vincent Peale, the Dalai Lama, B.F. Skinner, Ram Dass, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Pir Vilayat Khan, Rabbi Harold Kushner, Jean Houston, Brother David Steindl-Rast and other world-renowned spiritual leaders and experts in wise living? In this ecumenical volume, ``ordinary person'' Bill Elliott asks 20 such people essentially the same set of questions: ``What is the purpose of life?'' ``Why is there suffering?'' ``Do all religions lead to the same place?'' ``If you were on your deathbed, what advice would you give to your son or daughter?'' What emerges from this process is nothing less than a snapshot of our planet's philosophies at the end of the millennium. In perfect counterpoint, Elliott also surfaces in the course of the book as a wise, humorous, spiritual person himself. This invaluable record deserves to be a bestseller, not only for its inherent wisdom but also for its clarity and respect for the many ways there are to be and to believe. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385481915
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 274,885
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

For almost a decade Bill Elliott structured his life around the travels and interviews involved in creating Tying Rocks to Clouds. By night he serves as a mental-health worker in a psychiatric hospital and by day he writes and pursues a master's deggree in counseling and psychology. Elliott enjoys golf and visits to coffee shops with friends to talk about life.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Finding My Way 1
1 My Grandma Told Stories 11
2 Going East 13
3 Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross 26
4 Norman Vincent Peale 45
5 B. F. Skinner 52
6 Ram Dass 61
7 Jean Houston 76
8 Rabbi Harold Kushner 99
9 Robert Schuller 111
10 Jagir Singh 117
11 His Holiness the Dalai Lama 120
12 My Greatest Teacher 133
13 Mother Teresa 139
14 Laura Huxley 144
15 Stephen Levine 149
16 Toni Packer 162
17 Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi 176
18 Pir Vilayat Khan 192
19 Albert Ellis 203
20 Jack Kornfield 215
21 Swami Satchidananda 223
22 Frances Vaughan 236
23 Brother David Steindl-Rast 245
24 The Circle Is Complete 262
Tying Rocks to Clouds 266
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2004

    important

    this book has been very important to my life. i reread it every year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2002

    A Very inspiring work of art.

    It is very interesting how all the wise and spiritual people he interviewed seem to have the same basic truth only different ways of expressing it.

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