"Every one of these stories is about YOU." Anthony de Mello
Everyone loves stories; and in this book the bestselling author of Sadhana: A Way to God shares 124 stories and parables from a variety of traditions both ancient and modern. Each story resonates with life lessons that can teach us inescapable truths about ourselves and our world.
De Mello's international acclaim rests on his unique approach to contemplation and ability to heighten self-awareness and self-discovery. His is a holistic approach, and in the words of one reviewer: "his mysticism cuts across all times and peoples and is truly a universal invitation." The Song of the Bird uses the familiar yet enduring medium of the story to illustrate profound realities that bring us in touch with the problems and concerns of daily life, as well as with our common spiritual quest. The aim is to develop the art of tasting and feeling the message of each story to the point that we are transformed. "Let the story speak to your heart, not to your brain," the author directs. "This may make something of a mystic out of you."
Enhanced by lovely ink drawings, this is indeed a volume to treasure, to share, and to read many times over, for it is everyone's best companion on the road to spiritual growth.
|Publisher:||The Crown Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.38(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Anthony De Mello was a Jesuit priest known throughout the world for his writings and spiritual conferences. He died suddenly in 1987. Among his many books are Sadhana and Awareness.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Looking to expand your spiritual perspective? Want to challenge your "in the box" thinking about God and spirituality? This is an extraordinary book that I have used extensively...not only for me...but I have also used for reflections at work, retreats, and discussion too. This book is not for the "faint of spirit"....or those who have a "black and white" view of God. This will stretch you...challenge you...and you will love page!
For anyone looking for a book that will inform your soul about your own misconceptions of God and how this cultural universe works will really appreciate this book of short fables. They are not to be read capriciously but calmly and expectantly. Bon Voyage.
The Song of the Bird is a storybook. Collected in this book are stories after stories that make you think more than anything else. Rather than saying that one group, one tradition, has the best understanding of the Divine, Mello brings together stories from a variety of traditions and simply asks the reader to reflect on them. As a leader of worship in many settings I have used this book to illustrate stories and get people to stretch their minds just a little.
A fantastic source of parables and zen-like meditation material. Pick one of the pages - still down; read super slow; and stop. Invaluable.