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Ama Alchemy of Love by Nataša Pantović Nuit Historical Spiritual Fiction Giveaway
A-Ma Alchemy of Love - Nataša Pantović Nuit
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Goodreads Book Giveaway

A-Ma Alchemy of Love by Natasa Pantovic Nuit

A-Ma Alchemy of Love

by Natasa Pantovic Nuit

Giveaway ends May 11, 2017.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

 
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Tree of Life - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Wu Wei zen poem from tree of life spiritual poetry book by Natasa Pantovic Nuit

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review 2017-04-18 01:24
The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life - James Martin

An absolutely terrific book. Fr. Martin is funny, practical and inspiring. Not just for Jesuits... not just for Christians... fine thoughts here on the art of living in kindness and connection.

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review 2017-04-18 01:23
I Stand at the Door and Knock: Meditations by the Author of The Hiding Place - Corrie ten Boom
I have enormous respect for Corrie ten Boom, and certainly she's one of the most inspiring figures of 20th c. Christianity. This book, however, although full of her quiet, solid, faith, exposed a dogmatic approach that I find too narrow. This is entirely personal, and shouldn't deter anyone who is of a more conservative bent.
 
 

 

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review 2017-04-12 20:37
Magdalene, by Marie Howe [poetry]
Magdalene: Poems - Marie Howe

I began reading Marie Howe when I was an undergrad taking my first poetry workshops. At first, I wasn't sure I liked her style, which is deceptively simple or plain. This was a contrast to many other poets I was introduced to at the same time, such as Mark Doty and Yusef Komunyakaa. But somewhere along the line, I fell in love with her aesthetic, and that first book of hers I read, What the Living Do, remains a favorite and a touchstone.

 

I now recognize and admire the delicate straightforwardness of Howe's language, which packs as much power as any formal poem or one with more verbal jujitsu. Her lines can be long, with lots of room between them or stanzas. They feel quiet, contemplative, so when there's a turn or revelation coming, it heightens the impact. I'm trying to explain her appeal, but part of it is that I can't. Or I could if I analyzed it to death, and I prefer letting the magic linger.

 

The poems' subjects range from desire to mental health, self-perception, spirituality, and motherhood. Though I don't read the book like one overarching narrative, it does feel like there's an arc; there's a fullness to that arc that somehow replicates the sensation of completing a big, fat novel. You have an idea of a life.

 

Here's a favorite:

 

How the Story Started

 

I was driven toward desire by desire.

believing that the fulfillment of that desire was an end.

There was no end.

 

Others might have looked into the future and seen

a shape inside the coming years --

a house, a child, a man who might be a help.

 

I saw his back bent over what he was working on,

the back of his neck, how he stood in his sneakers,

and wanted to eat him.

 

How could I see another person, I mean who he was--apart from me--

apart from that?

 

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