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Illuminations: Expressions of the Personal Spiritual Experiences
     

Illuminations: Expressions of the Personal Spiritual Experiences

by Mark L. Tompkins, Jennifer McMahon
 
It is when we are struggling with doubt and confusion, or the nagging sense that there is something more, that spiritual discovery begins. ILLUMINATIONS explores the questions people face when trying to choose or pursue a spiritual path, in order to promote a deeper understanding of individuals on their disparate journeys. Celebrating the remarkable similarities that

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It is when we are struggling with doubt and confusion, or the nagging sense that there is something more, that spiritual discovery begins. ILLUMINATIONS explores the questions people face when trying to choose or pursue a spiritual path, in order to promote a deeper understanding of individuals on their disparate journeys. Celebrating the remarkable similarities that exist among truth seekers across a spectrum of beliefs, these works express the challenges, insights, struggles, epiphanies, disillusionments, and breakthroughs that make the process of spiritual exploration so meaningful.

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Publishers Weekly
Try to love the questions themselves," wrote Rainer Maria Rilke in his oft-quoted Letters to a Young Poet. That's what writer and photographer Tompkins and editor and creative designer McMahon have done in this collection of prose, poems, interviews and artwork from 180 contributors in 42 countries that explore questions that launch and keep people on the spiritual journey. Each piece is prefaced with a description of the spiritual "influences" felt by the author or artist, highlighting the concept that despite differences in particular faith perspectives, the questions we all ask are much the same. Chapters address the need to ask questions, following a particular spiritual path, coping with dark times and the roles of beauty, nature, rites, doctrine, practices and creativity in spiritual quests. The full-color pages and the layout and design are inviting and signal that the book is to dip into rather than read straight through. As with any anthology, the quality of the pieces is uneven, but overall this celebration of curiosity and questioning will appeal to those who are on a spiritual journey and find individual exploration to be more fulfilling than institutional religious experience. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781587612770
Publisher:
Ten Speed Press
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Pages:
146
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are Saying About This

"This celebration of curiosity and questioning will appeal to those who are on a spiritual journey and find individual exploration to be more fulfilling than institutional religious experience."
---Publishers Weekly

"Mark Tompkins and Jennifer McMahon have undertaken an important task, mining the spiritual diversity that lies at the heart of humanity. Understanding each other’s spiritual quest will lead to deeper healing for us all."
---Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love and Everyday Grace

"Illuminations merges art and spirituality into an elegant and moving collection of profound beauty. This book is a physical blessing to all who are fortunate enough to view it."
---Arielle Ford, founding partner of The Spiritual Cinema Circle

Meet the Author

MARK L. TOMPKINS is an award-winning writer and photographer, partner in a real estate development firm specializing in low-income housing, and the author of Remembering to Live. He splits his time between Houston, Texas, and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
JENNIFER McMAHON is an editor and creative designer with a background in marketing and business development. She lives in San Francisco, California.

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