Draws on the mystical writings of St. Teresa of Avila to explore how to maintain a connection with the divine, in a guide that compares the human soul to a crystal castle with rooms representing various stages of spiritual development.
It is the summer of 1961, and Jim Sandy is the new guide at Rhodes Castle, the great ancestral home and seat of the noble Dalmane family, hereditary of St. Helens. Jim, who came down to Dorset from the town of Cockermouth in the English Lake District, loves Rhodes Castle and the countryside of Dorset, and also loves his work as a guide to the visitors of the castle. But he has one problem. His friendship with Lady Susan Dalmane has become very intimate. In the end, their love for each other leads them into an unwise situation, which spells disaster for Jim.
This culmination of award-winning author Andrew Harvey’s life’s work bridges the great divide between spiritual resignation and engaged spiritual activism. A manifesto for the transformation of the world through the fusion of deep mystical peace with the clarity of radical wisdom, it is a wake-up call to put love and compassion to urgent, focused action. According to Harvey, we are in a massive global crisis reflected by a mass media addicted to violence and trivialization at a moment when what the world actually needs is profound inspiration, a return to the heart-centered way of the Divine Feminine, the words of the mystics throughout the ages, and the cultivation of the nonviolent philosophies of Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, and the Dalai Lama. Harvey’s concepts of radical passion and sacred activism fly in the face of restraint, of pessimism, of denial, of all that is inhumane, fusing the mystic’s passion for God with the activist’s passion for justice and for healing the division between heaven and earth, heart and will, body and soul, prayer and action. Sacred activism asks that we engage deeply on a personal, spiritual, and political level so as to become a fully empowered, fully active, and contemplative humanity that can turn tragedy into grace, and desolation into the opportunity to build and co-create a new world. Unlike many spiritual books, Radical Passion does not veil the dark with artificial hope. It explores the catastrophes of our current times and celebrates the ecstatic hope and divinity that is possible—right now and in the future. From the Trade Paperback edition.
This book covers my entire trip around the world from the inception of the idea through the planning and execution stages of the trip. It includes all of the great times I had and the wonderful places I visited while traveling through 16 countries. These places include Ireland, Northern Ireland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Bucharest, Constanta on the Black Sea, Kiev, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Lake Baikal, Vladivostok and Artem in Russia, Seoul, Tokyo and Honolulu and Hilo in Hawaii. Also included are nine interior full color photos. I recount the laughter and fun I experienced meeting several internet friends along the way. In addition, include a thank you to the many "angels" I encountered. I've also included the not so happy times and Negative Experiences I encountered and my thoughts on how to avoid them. Historical facts are included where tour guides and friends taught me a little history of their respective countries. In the final chapter is a recommendation on what to take and what not to take on such a journey.
Pocket Rough Guide Prague is the ultimate insider's guide one of Europe's most beautiful cities. Inspirational photography, neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood accounts and detailed, up-to-date maps help you get the most out of a visit to Prague - whether that means visiting the magnificent castle, exploring the atmospheric old Jewish quarter or visiting the modern DOX Centre for Contemporary Art. Frank, incisive reviews take you straight to the best of the city's cafés, restaurants and nightlife venues, from the ultra-stylish to the traditional, while tell-it-like-it-is listings help you find the right accommodation for your budget, whether that's a decadent, sixteenth-century palace or a family-run bed and breakfast. Pocket Rough Guide Prague is the perfect companion for a weekend away or a short city break. Now available in ePub format.
The Ultimate Collection of Vampire Facts and Fiction From Vlad the Impaler to Barnabas Collins to Edward Cullen to Dracula and Bill Compton, renowned religion expert and fearless vampire authority J. Gordon Melton, PhD takes the reader on a vast, alphabetic tour of the psychosexual, macabre world of the blood-sucking undead. Digging deep into the lore, myths, pop culture, and reported realities of vampires and vampire legends from across the globe, The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead exposes everything about the blood thirsty predator. Death and immortality, sexual prowess and surrender, intimacy and alienation, rebellion and temptation. The allure of the vampire is eternal, and The Vampire Book explores it all. The historical, literary, mythological, biographical, and popular aspects of one of the world's most mesmerizing paranormal subject. This vast reference is an alphabetical tour of the psychosexual, macabre world of the soul-sucking undead. In the first fully revised and updated edition in a decade, Dr. J. Gordon Melton (president of the American chapter of the Transylvania Society of Dracula) bites even deeper into vampire lore, myths, reported realities, and legends that come from all around the world. From Transylvania to plague-infested Europe to Nostradamus and from modern literature to movies and TV series, this exhaustive guide furnishes more than 500 essays to quench your thirst for facts, biographies, definitions, and more.
THE ROUGH GUIDE TO PRAGUE is the insider's handbook to the Czech capital. Features include: Entertaining accounts of all the sights, from the vast castle complex to the modern art museum - plus excursions outside the city. Extensive listings of the best places to stay, eat and drink, and the last word on the city's nightlife. Incisive background on Prague's culture and history, ranging from new wave cinema to the story of the Velvet Revolution. Full-colour map section plus 20 other maps and plans.