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Portals to Freedom

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A unique account of 'Abdu'l-Baha's visit to America by one of American disciples.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 4th 1983 by George Ronald
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Jul 22, 2012 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More than merely a memoir, Portals to Freedom by Howard Colby Ives is both a loving portrait of a "holy man" and a deeply personal exploration of the slow convergence between intellectualism and spirituality. Ives, a former Unitarian minister, wrote Portals to Freedom nearly eighty years ago. His aim was to recount his experiences, still vivid 25 years after the fact, of sitting "at the feet of the master" in a nearly literal sense – that is, of spending time in the company of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, head ...more

I was first introduced to this book while participating in a youth project in the city that I would very shortly move to. The novel chronicles Howard Colby Ives', a Unitarian minister, meetings with 'Abdu'l-Bahá and journey towards the Bahá'í faith.

From 1910 to 1913, 'Abdu'l-Bahá, the son of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá'í faith, journeyed from Palestine to the United States of America and Canada. Portals to Freedom introduces the reader to the astounding figure of 'Abdu'l-Bahá and brings

Sep 23, 2014 Reyhani rated it really liked it
Page 169 of Portals to Freedom will remain in my heart and on the wall of my room forever. This is a good book if you seeking to understand the Baha'i faith and also if you are trying to imagine why Abdul Baha is repeatedly called the perfect man. This book could also serve those hearts that are investigating spirituality.
Aug 09, 2011 Gordon rated it it was amazing
Certain pasages in this book - about the author's meeting `Abdu'l-Baha - have influenced me more than anything else I ever read ...more
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Dec 20, 2012 Jordan Baese rated it it was amazing
Amazing first-hand encounter with a man who seems to embody Perfection. Inspiring read. Wonderful stories.
Jan 04, 2008 naree rated it it was amazing
wonderful snippits of Abdu'l-Baha
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