The Richest of Fare: Seeking Spiritual Security in the Sonoran Desert

The Richest of Fare: Seeking Spiritual Security in the Sonoran Desert

by Phyllis Strupp


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ISBN-13: 9780974672700
Publisher: Sonoran Cross Press
Publication date: 02/28/2004
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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have always imagined deserts to be nothing but sand dunes. The Richest of Fare changed that ill-informed idea. Blending scientific fact, spiritual truths, and stunning photographs with thoughtful prose, the author has created beauty for our senses. Visually appealing and emotionally comforting, this book is one you'll want to keep. In ages past, Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed all sought spiritual renewal in the desert. Stark beauty, blessed silence, and the awesome nighttime sky drew them closer to God's message. On a daily basis, modern man has been estranged from the natural world. Artificial lighting prevents city dwellers from seeing the stars. Concrete and sprawling subdivisions separate us from earth's spirit. We sense an isolation; wonder at a feeling of indifference; and struggle unsuccessfully to create a finer meaning for our existence. America, especially, the richest and most blessed of all countries, is floundering. To paraphrase Thoreau, civilization has improved our houses but not the men who inhabit them. This richest country in the world boasts 44 million uninsured citizens; 10 million illegal immigrants; 9 million unemployed; and 4 million homeless souls. Something is wrong with this picture and Ms. Strupp makes a compelling argument in explanation. Quotes by Thoreau, Francis of Assisi, H.G. Wells, Marcus Aurelius, Charles Darwin and others are combined with Old and New Testament writings to make her point. Poetic metaphors enhance Ms. Strupp's well-written prose. In the desert monsoon season, 'air clings to you like a desperate beggar.' Runoff deposits after a hard desert rain become 'little shards of eternity.' Earth has been transformed by warring humans into 'a sponge to sop up blood.' Those who plunder Earth like a commercial commodity are 'spoiled children betraying their mother.' The writing, photographs, and well-chosen quotes create a spiritual picture I won't soon forget. The Richest of Fare is not a 'religious' book It's spiritually encouraging, emotionally comforting, informative and educational. It may impact how you look at life, your fellow man, the desert and the cosmos. This one is highly recommended for readers who are searching for true meaning in their lives.