In From Plagues to Miracles, psychiatrist Robert Rosenthal takes a fresh and bold new look at the story of Exodus in which the figures of Moses and Pharaoh represent dueling aspects of the human mind. Pharaoh is the ego-mind: arrogant, capricious, and cut off from God and Spirit. Moses represents the part of the mind that is and has always been in full, direct connection with God. And the Hebrews represent us—all of us, regardless of religious affiliation. Their trials are a mirror of our own spiritual dilemma as we’re tossed back and forth between ego and Spirit— Pharaoh and Moses—all the while trying to find our way to the Promised Land of inner peace and freedom. Viewed in this way, Exodus becomes a travel guide for the spiritual seeker: a powerful roadmap for navigating the different stages of the spiritual journey.
Although remaining faithful to the original Bible text, Dr. Rosenthal borrows generously from spiritual teachers and traditions as diverse as the Roman philosopher Seneca, Zen Buddhism and A Course in Miracles. He spices his accounts of transformation and miracles with personal anecdotes and real-life examples from his psychotherapy patients. If you’ve always felt that there must be more to the Old Testament, but could never sift the spiritual wheat from the thou-shalt-not chaff, then this book is for you. But even if you have little interest in the Bible, the insights offered by From Plagues to Miracles on the nature of the spiritual path and the how-to of miracles would alone make it an invaluable companion for any serious spiritual seeker.
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About the Author
Robert Rosenthal, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist in private practice in the Princeton, New Jersey area. He held the rank of Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the U.C. San Francisco School of Medicine and at Hahnemann University (now Drexel) in Philadelphia. He is a specialist in the areas of relationships, psychological trauma, and the interplay between psychotherapy and spirituality. Dr. Rosenthal was a closefriend of Bill Thetford, Ph.D., one of the co-scribes of A Course in Miracles, and has studied the Course since 1975. He has served on the board of the Foundation for Inner Peace, publisher of the Course, for the past 20 years. He is also a novelist and screenwriter (see IMDb.com).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My earliest childhood memories contain stories from the Bible told by loving adults. I recall being frightened by many of the things I heard, such as God flooding the earth because His children were misbehaving, and the Jewish people being held captive by the evil Pharaoh and God sending plagues to punish their captors. Of course I was thrilled to be taught that God loved me, but the tenor of the stories had caused me to wonder how a God of love could bring such wrath on anyone for any reason. As I grew older I regarded the Bible stories the same way that I looked upon the Greek myths – they were just stories made up to explain the seemingly inexplicable. When I read Dr. Rosenthal’s book, From Plagues to Miracles, I was taken on a journey through the story of Moses and learned that it was rich in lessons that were relevant to my personal life. The story was a powerful metaphor, a road map for the spiritual-psychological journey that we all must travel. It caused me to wonder what additional guidance I could receive from the other stories in both the Old and New Testaments. Thanks to reading Dr. Rosenthal’s book, biblical stories have taken on new meaning, giving relevance to my complex modern life; and most importantly, I gained a great deal of insight into the many promised lands I had reached - and lost - and the importance of wandering in the transitional wilderness in my quest for peace of mind. Francis Oliver Lynn
"From Plagues to Miracles: the Transformational Journey of Exodus, From the Slavery of Ego to the Promised Land of Spirit" is a rare treasure: a book that admirably straddles the chasms between religion and psychology; between spirituality and self-help. At once down-to-earth and transcendent, it is written with a universality which enables it to speak to readers of diverse persuasions-- from the agnostic seeker to the religious devotee-- and everyone in-between. Psychiatrist Robert Rosenthal has taken the story of Exodus from the Hebrew scriptures and shown it to be an apt parable for our own times. It is indeed a perfect metaphor for the spiritual journey many of us find ourselves on: leaving behind the familiar "comfort" of slavery to old patterns; finding the faith to cross the Red Sea of our fears; learning to trust Spirit while trudging through the barren landscape of the unknown, while the promised land of emotional and spiritual freedom seems like a mirage in the desert, ever receding into the distance. Written with a therapist's insight, a storyteller's voice and a seeker's heart, "From Plagues to Miracles" can't help but take the reader into a deeper self-understanding, as well as offering a fresh, unique reading of the ancient story of Moses and Pharaoh. Dr. Rosenthal's intelligent, intuitive rendering of the spiritual journey of Exodus utilizes sound Biblical scholarship as well as personal insight; very readable and generously illustrated with stories from patients as well as his own life, the book is a much-needed roadmap for contemporary pilgrims on this timeless journey that we all must ultimately travel. I highly recommend this timely, superbly-written and inspiring book.