Stillpoint is a gripping odyssey spanning two continents and three generations. It describes a clash of ideologies and the onset of a long and vicious war.
American and Israeli policies collide in the ancient battleground of Palestine.
Stillpoint is a lucid and compelling vision of what it means to bring truth and wisdom to the political arena. The reader is drawn into a vivid and haunting world, replete with unforgettable characters. Crisis and opportunity arise together in this sun drenched and fractured land.
The reader comes face to face with the question: “If this happened to me, what would I do...?”
George Santayana famously said: “Those who refuse to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.” Do we learn from history? Probably not. War is still as popular as ever.
We all know, that what we learn we can easily forget. But, understanding is of a different order altogether. When it happens, it’s permanent: It is the stillpoint of the turning world,” to which the poet T S Elliot refers.
The stillpoint is a place where understanding dawns, banishing the shadows of racial, religious and national biases that cloud our vision. What emerges is the world as it really is, and it is here that peace can take root.
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About the Author
Colin Mallard played in bomb craters and bombed out buildings as a child in England during the Second World War. Perhaps this was the origin of his interest in peace. He attended University in Boston and was deeply involved in the Civil Rights and Anti War Movements of the 60s. In fact, the story of the sanctuary at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel, described in Stillpoint, was written from personal experience. He worked for a number of years at an inner city church in Providence with the local black population and was harassed, threatened and beaten by the police. Later the church was firebombed and destroyed. (Click on the link below and see some interesting photos from that time. He’s the one with the large mustache.) Some of his many jobs have included such esoteric skills as taxi driver, magician’s assistant, tree planter, mountain guide and a street counselor on Vancouver’s skid-road. Colin laughs, “Jack of all trades and master of none.” He spent eleven years as a Unitarian minister. His interest in exploring spiritual matters took him into the ministry and out of it again. For the next 20 years he worked as a psychologist. For some of that time he lived in Hawaii and worked with families in which children had been abused. The State of Hawaii believed the family was the best place to raise children and were prepared to provide the needed help. He taught parents effective communication and parenting kills, and helped them understand the sources of anger and conflict. It was during this time he wrote a first novel, a teaching story for his clients. Behind it all was a consuming interest in the nature of peace and who or what we are as human beings. This led him to a lengthy study of Taoism, and Zen and, latterly, the Advaita Masters, Ramesh Balsekar and Dr. Jean Klein. He has written a number of books on the subject of peace. Something to Ponder, reflections from Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching, and Understanding, draw the reader into a deep exploration of life and how it works. A number of his books have won awards in such categories as Eastern Religion, General Fiction and Interior Design and Layout. His latest novel Stillpoint uses fictional characters to bring to life the events that took place before, during and after the creation of the State of Israel. “If there is no awareness of what took place and what continues to this day, how can there be any real understanding?” Colin asks. “With deep understanding,” he continues, “shifts in behavior spontaneously take place and peace becomes a possibility.” “Beliefs are not facts” he points out, “We may believe we can fly but gravity doesn’t care what we believe.” Colin lives on Vancouver Island, where he writes and teaches about the wisdom and insights of Eastern Philosophy. He is also an avid soccer player and photographer.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a profoundly important book with the power to expose the truth behind the Arab-Isareli conflict. If you enjoyed Michelle Cohen Corasanti's The Almond Tree, you'll love this, and vice Versa. It's set over seventy years, two continents and three generations: "Threescore and ten I can remember well: Within the volume of which time I have seen Hours dreadful and things strange; but this sore night Hath trifled former knowings." - Macbeth by Billy The Bard but there's even more to it than that.
“Stillpoint” is an exciting and action packed novel, which follows the history of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict from the 1940s to the early 2000s. The characters are vivid, haunting and unforgettable, some you will love, some you will dislike. “Stillpoint approaches the subject of peace by taking the reader on a journey that leads to understanding and offers productive ways of achieving it; ways to break this endless cycle of violence. Mallard approaches issues of war and peace from a Taoist perspective. He asks the question what causes people to turn to religious fundamentalism and violence? And answers it. The Stillpoint is that place where there is no spin, no propaganda, no beliefs. Only facts: what happened, what is happening. It becomes obvious that resolution of this conflict cannot come about though lies, beliefs and misrepresentation, but must instead, come from the facts, the truth. It is from this place of fact, of objectivity that the reader is uplifted by a glimpse of peace, something that can and will be found. In reading “Stillpoint” the reader becomes aware of why we in the West are increasingly the subject of terrorist attacks. If we want a world that is fair and safe for us we must ensure it is fair and safe for everyone. If you are looking for something different, something which helps you think, helps you see things you might not have thought about, (the assumptions and beliefs we don’t even know we have)—you will enjoy this book. If you would like to understand more about what is happening and why it is happening, this is the book to read; a book which once started is almost impossible to put down.
It's about time somebody looked at the situation in Israel/Palestine with something other than a completely one-sided view. Dr. Colin Mallard doesn't play the usual favorites as he presents a rarely-seen view of the events within the creation of the State of Israel and the political acrobatics that continue to surround the issue today. His philosophical insights would be very valuable reading for a lot of politicians of today - not to mention his book is a darn good read.
The way I view the situation in Israel/Palestine has changed, because of Stillpoint. Stillpoint is an intriguing story with well developed characters that moves at a fast pace. It keeps your interest piqued right from the beginning and makes you want to keep turning pages to find out what happens next. It's obvious Dr. Mallard has done his homework and offers a plausible perspective. And wouldn't the world be a much better place if the leaders used Taoist principles!! Everyone should read Stillpoint - it changes the way you view the world! Lawrence Verigin, author of Dark Seed
Colin Mallard writes from a different perspective, from a Taoist. You'll be shown the truth behind the Arab and Israeli conflict. This book takes place in the United States and in the Middle East. There are characters from many different generations including the most current situation with September eleventh. Each character has an important role with an important voice. While among the chaos of Palestine and Israel, you can still find a positive message with meaning behind every word. If your thinking that Mallard is going to try to convince you of his opinions on war and religion, you'd be wrong. He simply introduces you to the other side of situations and hope that you can put yourself in someone else's shoes. In comparison most of our lives are much simpler. Do you know all that is going on between Palestine and Israel? What about what's going on in your own county? If you're like me and want your questions answered, pick this book up and take a walk through someone else's neighborhood. The book was a little hard to get into, and hard to keep my attention, so I think this book greatly deserves a 4/5.