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The Hiding Places of God: A Personal Journey Into the World of Religious Visions, Holy Objects...
The bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Thief in the Night undertakes an exhaustive, around-the-world investigation of spiritual phenomena, miracles, and apparitions. First-hand experience forces him to confront his own skepticism and adjust his beliefs. A fascinating study and inspiring reading for those seeking meaning in everyday life.
Hardcover, 302 pages
Published October 1st 1991 by Warner Books (NY)
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May 03, 2009 Brian Erland rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: spiritual seekers and the thoughtful
As stated by author John Cornwell, `The Hiding Places of God' is "a personal journey into the world of religious visions, holy objects and miracles." Sit back in your most comfortable reading chair and prepare for a person, thoughtful and satisfying excursion into a multi-layered universe where doubt and belief, delusion and faith commingle. John's true life spiritual journey begins like so many spiritual encounters have through the centuries, with a vivid dream. It was a dream that would change ...more
As I noted at the time, the author looked at large and small miracles (for example his arriving at a place he had seen in a recurring dream). Through his experiences, research and reflections, he concluded that miracles shouldn't be treated literally or taken as proof of God's existence, which only makes them vulnerable to scientific debunking. Instead they should be interpreted like poems, as divinely-inspired acts of imagination.
This one didn't really do it for me. If I could have given it 2.5 stars, I would have. I got a couple of nuggets. I learned Padre Pio pissed folks off by not doing things their way but that's about it. For being a personal journey, there wasn't much 'personal' but certainly a lot of 'journal'. And, well, the author is a journalist so, well, it is, for me anyway, a journalist's journal but not much more.