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The Spirit of Tea

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For the first time, a discussion of tea's transcendental nature and reasons given as to why we keep returning to this Queen of the Camellia's, that offers us a few moments of respite in a world gone mad. Myths about tea are debunked while practical information given, including history, characteristics, and properties of the six classical tea catagories. (
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Sherman Asher Publishing
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I didn't think it was possible for someone ti be more passionate about tea than I. I enjoyed this book, but was disappointed that he chose ti source Gimbutas as a reference. Also, the I ching stuff seemed a bit irrelevant. But, this read like poetry. I am eager to recommend it to my local tea shop.
Okay, so being a serious student of tea, I was open to the subject of the book which is the author's experience with the spiritual effects of tea. While the author does draw from a number of texts central to Asian tea culture and history, there were way too many times in the book I found myself thinking, "You know, maybe you should have kept that to yourself". Not everyone needs to know about your dysphoria.
I met Frank at the Ann Arbor Book Festival, and he's as awesome as his book. If you're looking to connect to your planet in a unique and inspiring way, read this book! It's about the spirituality of the tea-making/drinking experience.
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