The Abundance

Author: Annie Dillard
Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 1782117725
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Annie Dillard has spent a lifetime examining the world around her with eyes wide open, drinking in all things intensely and relentlessly. Whether observing a sublime lunar eclipse or a moth consumed in a candle flame, the trembling of lily pads on a pond or hundreds of red-winged blackbirds taking flight, Dillard's awe at the fragility of the natural world rejuvenates and inspires pleasure and heartache. Precise in language and deeply meditative in spirit, this is a landmark collection from one of America's masters.

Traveling Home

Author: Mark R. Kowalewski
Publisher: Church Publishing
ISBN: 1640651942
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• Offers readers a way to find their place in God’s story • A creative invitation to those who are on the margins of the church Recent research in the sociology of religion indicates that around one in five Americans are religiously “liminal,” that is, they are on the fence about affiliating with a faith or a congregation. Traveling Home is an invitation to those people who are standing on the edges or just coming into the Church. It makes a case for why Christianity can make a difference by taking the reader on a spiritual journey through the story and ancient wisdom of the Bible. It shows the reader how to find a place within this great cosmic adventure. Why Christianity at all? How do we understand where we fit into a bigger picture? Anyone asking these questions, including people exploring other liturgical traditions, will find this book of interest. It is also a tool for clergy teaching newcomer/inquirer classes.

Animal Perception And Literary Language

Author: Donald Wesling
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3030049698
Size: 41.49 MB
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Animal Perception and Literary Language shows that the perceptual content of reading and writing derives from our embodied minds. Donald Wesling considers how humans, evolved from animals, have learned to code perception of movement into sentences and scenes. The book first specifies terms and questions in animal philosophy and surveys recent work on perception, then describes attributes of multispecies thinking and defines a tradition of writers in this lineage. Finally, the text concludes with literature coming into full focus in twelve case studies of varied readings. Overall, Wesling's book offers not a new method of literary criticism, but a reveal of what we all do with perceptual content when we read.

Zen And Therapy

Author: Manu Bazzano
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1317225856
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Zen and Therapy brings together aspects of the Buddhist tradition, contemporary western therapy and western philosophy. By combining insightful anecdotes from the Zen tradition with clinical studies, discussions of current psychotherapy theory and forays into art, film, literature and philosophy, Manu Bazzano integrates Zen Buddhist practice with psychotherapy and psychology. This book successfully expands the existing dialogue on the integration of Buddhism, psychology and philosophy, highlighting areas that have been neglected and bypassed. It explores a third way between the two dominant modalities, the religious and the secular, a positively ambivalent stance rooted in embodied practice, and the cultivation of compassion and active perplexity. It presents a life-affirming view: the wonder, beauty and complexity of being human. Intended for both experienced practitioners and beginners in the fields of psychotherapy and philosophy, Zen and Therapy provides an enlightening and engaging exploration of a previously underexplored area.

The Traveling Economist Using Economics To Think About What Makes Us All So Different And The Same

Author: Todd A. Knoop
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440852375
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This fascinating book introduces travelers—of the body or the mind—to a few simple economic concepts that will help them to think differently and more deeply about the differences between the people and the places they visit during their journeys. • Explains economic concepts in the context of international travel that allow travelers to better understand the differences in living standards between people and places, and why social behaviors or legal standards differ so dramatically between countries • Explores the role—and limits—of culture in explaining the differences between people around the world and the interaction between economics and nature • Addresses the reasons for why technology does, and does not, spread to different areas of the world; why haggling is so important in poorer countries, and what this tells us about the benefits and cost of trade; and why tourism is a public good and the benefits and challenges this reality creates for societies • Offers intriguing information and eye-opening perspectives for general readers with an interest in economics and travel, students of economics, as well as those who enjoy travel writing

Personal Narrative Of Travels To The Equinoctial Regions Of The New Continent

Author: Alexander von Humboldt
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108027989
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The Prussian naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was one of the most famous explorers of his generation. Charles Darwin called him 'the greatest scientific traveller who ever lived'. In 1799, Humboldt and the botanist Aimé Bonpland secured permission from the Spanish crown for a voyage to South America. They left from Madrid and spent five years exploring the continent. Humboldt reported his findings in a total of thirty volumes, published in French over a period of more than twenty years beginning in 1805. This English translation by Helen Maria Williams of one important component of Humboldt's account, the Relation historique du voyage (1814-1825), consists of seven volumes and was published in London between 1814 and 1829. Volume 6 (1826) summarises many of Humboldt's findings about the North-East of South America, its topography and geology, and compares the societies of the mainland with those of the West Indies.