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Notes on the Need for Beauty: An Intimate Look at an Essential Quality

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
The introduction of this book reads, "Beauty, like every other quality — courage, fear, ugliness, trust, truth, wisdom — is a part of us and apart from us, inside us and outside us, personal and impersonal. Beauty invites us to build bridges and make connections between the senses and the soul, between contemplation and expression, between ourselves and the world." In this ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 26th 2007 by Da Capo Press (first published April 25th 2007)
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Ashley
Jun 21, 2010 Ashley rated it really liked it
This book is whimsical, playful, and artistic and meaningful, opening the reader's eyes to new conceptions of beauty and ways of seeing and understanding the world. At times I felt the book went too slow, but in fact, the pace is essential to the experience of the book and the lessons regarding curiosity and delight that it offers. Overall, I loved it!
Tami
Apr 15, 2008 Tami rated it it was amazing
In our modern world, the word beauty has changed into something restrictive and judgmental. We are convinced that that actors and supermodels are beautiful and we as ordinary people will never achieve such status. It seems that we've lost that joyful imagination that we had as a child. A time when our parents told us we were beautiful and we knew it to be true, without question. When we all saw the beauty in a flower, in a rainbow, or in our favorite shirt.

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Naomi
Apr 19, 2014 Naomi rated it really liked it
Gendler presents a lovely, quiet series of meditations on beauty - our yearning for it, our creation of beauty, understanding and finding the beauty in what we consider ugly, body image, and spiritual expression. The written meditations are interspersed with Gendler's visual meditations, line drawings. Recommended for spiritual writing groups, individuals, and small spiritual groups.
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Shelves: didn-t-finish
The first chapter was perfect but it got a little tedious and too 'new age-y' after that. More of a book you pick up and get a taste of than something you chow down on.
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