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...as I sat in my office, an idea began to take shape. I did not recognize the power of the thought when it first arose and, if I had, I'm not certain I would have pursued it. In fact, if I had recognized what this thought actually was, I'm quite sure I'd have scared myself right out of it. Staring at the phone on my desk, I prayed out loud so I'd be sure to hear myself, 'I will give my services at no charge to the next person who callswhoever it is, for however long I'm needed, whatever the reason. So be it.'
For five years in a row, the mothers of sick and dying children chose that exact moment to call, propelling the author into a crisis of protocol and faith. In this, her first book, Roseanne Farano delivers a riveting account of courage and innocence, of fear, doubt, and the miracle of the human heart. With the pace and style of a novel, The Dove in Downward Flight brings the lives of Farano's patients and their families into ours, and, in the process, challenges the very concept of healing.
|Publisher:||Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)|
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Why won't God meet me where I stand? Could it be because I refuse to believe God is already here?
Guided, if not pursued, by these questions, the first thing I attempt with patients is to meet them exactly where they are, in whatever pain or illusion. I want them to know that somebody understands how they feel. In being met in this way, in companionship and intimacy, illusion effortlessly falls away. That is communion, that is God coming through. It is physical, it is holy, and it is the result of simply being with someone exactly the way they are without expecting them to change. To be certain, I do not bring God into other people's lives; it is the act of being met where we are that enables us to let God in. Nothing more or less....
The ascent to heaven is inward. The Dove in Downward Flight is the symbol of that communion, a reminder that the prayer itself is the answer.
What People are Saying About This
Roseanne Farano has written a widely appealing, personal account of her experiences healing children. Her gift inspires the goodness and health-giving force that lies within each of us to be enlivened. singer-songwriter and author
Roseanne Farano has the gift of speaking deep spiritual truths in plain, simple, easy-to-understand language. No fancy frills, just the plain honest-to-God truth. Goes right in where it's needed! Just read The Dove Downward Flight, and you'll know what i mean! author of Hands of Light
When we want to be moved by great music, we listen to a symphony. When we want to participate in making the music, we study with a master. And when we want to encounter the hauntingly powerful aria of our own heart, we immerse ourselves in the harmonious mosaic of Roseanne Farano's The Dove in Downward Flight. author of Stepping into the Aquarian Age and the Sacred Blueprint