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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Book Review 5: Care of the Soul

Plate in Hans Christian Anderson's The Nightingale. Credit

This wonderful book by Thomas Moore, originally published in 1992, is actually titled Care of the Soul: A Guide For Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life. (You can purchase a decent used copy of this book for US $0.01 at the amazon.com website…something I find quite incredible.)

Reading Moore requires some patience and time. Not because his writing is complicated or dense, but because it invites reflection. Moore, an internationally renowned theologian, psychotherapist, and writer, lived as a monk in a Catholic order for 12 years, although he did later marry and have two children. His works include a number of equally thoughtful books on the soul and its importance in our daily lives and our state of well-being.

Amazon.com writes “Care of the Soul is considered to be one of the best primers for soul work ever written. Thomas Moore, offers a philosophy for living that involves accepting our humanity rather than struggling to transcend it. By nurturing the soul in everyday life, Moore shows how to cultivate dignity, peace, and depth of character. For example, in addressing the importance of daily rituals he writes, "Ritual maintains the world's holiness. As in a dream a small object may assume significance, so in a life that is animated by ritual there are no insignificant things." This is the eloquence that helped reintroduce the sacred into everyday language and contemporary values.”

This is a book I have had since 1993 and every so often I pick it out of the bookshelf and let it fall open to see where it takes me. And it is always worth the time.

Previous Posts in the Book Review Series:

Book Review 1 - The Language of the Goddess
Book Review 2 - Happiness Is A Choice
Book Review 3 - The Edge Effect
Book Review 4 - Finding Flow

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