Q: What do Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, Jesus, and Mohammed have in common?
A: The Desert.
Why has the Desert attracted spiritual geniuses for the past four thousand years? Focusing on the mystical beauty of the world's most intriguing desert, The Sonoran Desert, The Richest of Fare explores how the Desert's spiritual power has galvanized the spiritual journeys of both civilization and the author -- and how it can transform yours as well.
The Richest of Fare will help you to paint the "you are here" dot on the map of your spiritual life.
We have learned much about the universe -- except what we really want to know.
Why does it all exist?
Is the universe a friendly place?
How do we reconcile findings such as evolution with the spiritual wisdom of the Bible?
What does God want from us?
The answers to these questions lie within the realm of spirituality and not religion. Religion is a human creation, and often tends to divide people. The divine gift of spirituality arises from our relationships with our own selves, each other, Nature, and God.
In seeking the calmness and joy of spiritual security, there is no need to recreate the wheel.
Just as civilization has produced intellectual geniuses such as Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein, it has also yielded spiritual geniuses who have left behind valuable insights about the path to spiritual security. Their teachings have been validated, not nullified, by scientific findings about Nature.
The Desert has played a crucial role in the lives of many of these spiritual geniuses: Moses. David. Isaiah. John the Baptist. Jesus. Mohammed.
Phyllis Strupp shares stories that reveal how the mystical beauty of the Sonoran Desert facilitated her exploration of the universe's spiritual landscape. The book includes over fifty color photographs of the Sonoran Desert, as well as numerous quotes from the Bible and such Western spiritual geniuses as Marcus Aurelius, Francis of Assisi, Charles Dickens, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, and William James.
Must reading for all who seek a fresh approach to understanding the meaning of life and death, The Richest of Fare tells how the Desert's spiritual power transformed the author's spiritual journey -- and can help transform your own.
Phyllis Strupp has been part of the Episcopalian faith community since 1993. Her own spiritual journey has included a Roman Catholic upbringing and over 20 years outside organized religion. In May 2002 she graduated from the international Education for Ministry (EFM) Program of the University of the South School of Theology, Sewanee, Tennessee. Since September 2000 she has also served as a mentor in the EFM program. She holds an MBA in finance from the Columbia Graduate School of Business and has worked in the financial services industry since 1986. Phyllis has lived in the Sonoran Desert with her husband Peter since March 1997.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.