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Fire in the Soul: A New Psychology of Spiritual optimism

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The author of the New York Times bestseller Minding the Body, Mending the Mind reveals the power of spiritual optimism: a philosophy that sees life crises as opportunities for personal growth and spiritual transformation.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 1st 1994 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1993)
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Fire in the Soul: A New Psychology of Spiritual optimism by Joan Borysenko is kind of a New Age-y self-help spiritual book with more self-help/New Age lingo than spiritual insights. But definitely a "feel good" book for me, and a very fast read. Like a nice chat with a good friend. It didn't "change my life" but it felt like a support in remembering ways to live well.
Nov 14, 2007 Shawn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Family and friends
Get cheered up reading the wisdom of the ancients, including popular wits like Jesus, Buddha, Rumi, and Mohammed. First place I read Rumi's stunning stanza:

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you
Don't go back to sleep
You must ask for what you really want
Don't go back to sleep
People are walking back and forth
Across the doorsill
Where the two worlds meet
The door is round and open
Don't go back to sleep.

Kinda gives you chills, don't it? Fourteen years later, I remember it--put it that way.
There was a lot of good info in this book, some of which will be helpful for clients. However, overall I felt this book was not very cohesive, and bounced around a lot, which made it difficult to stay involved.
Jul 04, 2010 Mark rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mark by: me
A bit too new-agey for me. Some good pointers and a reference related to walking mediation. Reasonable though somewhat out-dated reference and bibliography sections.
This book really was life-changing to me. It allowed me to reclaim a sense of spirituality that I had lost. I reread it periodically, and it remains a favorite.
Sidran gave this to me for my birtdhay. Her presentation is thoughtful and interesting
Reading for Three yogi's book club.
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