It was very inspiring, the meditations, and the issues on light and dark and how that factors in to the diffeAnother Birgit Klein book that I adored.
It was very inspiring, the meditations, and the issues on light and dark and how that factors in to the different challenges in the different stages of spiritual development also were quite insightful. This is an author I just cant seem to get enough of. Will be back for more... (i realise this wasnt much of a review, sorry about that)....more
I can relate to so much of what Nouwen wrote. All the difficult emotions, anguish, pain and hope and love all mixed together in one intense mix. I'm gI can relate to so much of what Nouwen wrote. All the difficult emotions, anguish, pain and hope and love all mixed together in one intense mix. I'm glad Nouwen decided to share these personal feelings he recorded, because there's many of us, that like Nouwen have to live through this and it is a very lonesome process. Knowing that others, certainly others who we have much respect for, had gone through it too, is relieving. It brings hope. Hope that maybe we are good enough after all, maybe there is a way through, maybe it's all somehow okay, even if it hurts.
This was my first book of Nouwens but I will certainly be back for more. I found him to be a teacher and an inspiration with a very healing voice....more
A very beautifully written book about loss and about being left behind. About moving on and holding on. About death. And about what comes with it andA very beautifully written book about loss and about being left behind. About moving on and holding on. About death. And about what comes with it and how it changes us and the life we, the ones left behind, go on living.
Charlotte has captured all this in these few pages, words and images, in a moving way, where she tells a tale of death. And of life that goes on....more
(This is mainly a review of the first book, the second edition. I only got to page 220 (page numbers are continued from book 1) in book 2 before I qui(This is mainly a review of the first book, the second edition. I only got to page 220 (page numbers are continued from book 1) in book 2 before I quit)
Book one: I really liked many parts of this book, the reincarnation stories and the links between them, but oh my god how I was almost bored to death with the analysis of the operas and the supposedly links between these and the lives lived. It. Was.so.dull, and utterly insignificant to me, and the writing also went from interesting and humorous to boring and flat in the parts heavily related to those works. I don't know many of the works that was t just referred to lightly, which would have been okay, but was dissected meticulously which I as a reader found hard to digest. Honestly I would have heavily edited and minimized those parts had I had the chance. I'll still read the second book though, because I was rather curios about the main story and the thoughts and ideas presented throughout.
book two: So I started on the second book but quit about 40 pages in because I just wasn't feeling it. The explanations of the forces, relations and structures of (wo)man, the world(s), energies and so on are topics that I'm much interested in, but the 'explanations' and descriptions were both hard to follow, but also I just didn't resonate with it. I felt there was too much disagreement and discord between how the authour understands and describes these and how I both intuitively and explicitly understand and feel it. So, I see no need to bother trying to hang on for another 200+ pages but am saving myself and my precious time for more interesting and better explained books. ...more
**spoiler alert** If you read this for the romance there's a risk you might be disappointed. Because it's about so much more, and the romance unfoldin**spoiler alert** If you read this for the romance there's a risk you might be disappointed. Because it's about so much more, and the romance unfolding between Holly and Jason is not center stage but really more one smaller strand in a story about love, loss, growing up, healing, family and friendship. As well as the three much heavier subjects of Depression, Suicide and Alzheimer's that I think Heather Davis manages really well. She handles them delicately, lightly but very humanly. She gives you a glimpse on how it feels to be living it, in a way that feels honest; real. And that is one of the main assets of this book: the people seem real. The way they talk and relate and what they go through and the dilemmas they face. And it's not just the main characters, no pretty much all of the characters come off as real and not stilted caricatures which unfortunately often happens. The story moves along slowly, maybe a little too slowly at times (patience is not my strong suit), but then again I think that is actually one of the reasons the 'realness'ness is developed. Because that's life; it's mostly slow but yet there are small, and sometimes they turn out to be big, changes in us and in our stories as we deal with life - we grow, we learn. And I like that about this book: that it somehow managed to capture that feeling of life lived, of growing as we are dealing with the small stuff and the big stuff.
I read it for the love story but I wasn't disappointed - I was pleasantly surprised and I thought it was all well done....more
I'm a woman but I'm not a feminist. Not in the way the 'movement' is being portrayed by many of its spokespeople, anyhow. Don't get me wrong, I'm all foI'm a woman but I'm not a feminist. Not in the way the 'movement' is being portrayed by many of its spokespeople, anyhow. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for equal rights, freedom, awareness and the like. But i feel like much 'feminism' is doing women a disservice, narrowing in and limiting instead of opening up and expanding; moralizing and judging instead of respecting and celebrating diversity and choice. Woe on you if you are a 'girly girl' who likes pink and princesses and to dress up or play with barbies and dolls, or wear makeup and sexy outfits but weepie if you reject all that and all the better if you like guns and cars and traditional 'boy' stuff. But it's mostly about rejecting the traditional female roles and plays. But what then if you happen to actually LIKE them? What if you really LOVE dolls, dresses, pink and sparkly things, or if you feel empowered by embracing and showing off your female body and sexuality? Well then you have certainly been brainwashed and subdued by media and/or marketing. Because there is no room for those choices being genuine choices or preferences, because they happen to have been picked up by a money-making market who is indeed obviously further exacerbating all that. But that doesn't mean that it has CREATED it all on its own and that everyone who happens to like this culture have been brainwashed. I'm well aware that marketing, media and our social culture and values have impact and make us inclined towards certain choices and lifestyles, but I don't think it's an as all-empowering force as many feminists like orenstein make it out to be. And I think people are adfected by it in varying degrees, depending on the issue at hand. If you look around you people's choices are still varied, regardless of cultural dictates or majority's preferences. For some it even serves as an eye opener, as furthering awareness and personal choice, and I think THAT is an important lesson to learn. We are not all the same, nor should we be. It's okay to like pink and it's okay not to, and it's okay to like it AND like the other colors too.
Orenstein poses many of the good and interesting questions and dilemmas where she actually poses the different views and sides, but unfortunately her answers all quickly land on the classic 'pink is bad, and women are being used and manipulated by the big evil market' end of the spectrum, without any solid arguments but her own moral and personal views. None of the research she posts and uses as argumentation actually proves a cause-effect relationship, but more so serves to show that we do indeed have a culture focused on looks and materialism but that is a bigger, more important and more underlying problem than a gender issue or what toys or cartoons our kids play with. That is just one sign of what our culture values, and if we wanna work on that I think we should start with a broader scope and include both genders and more age groups.
I would suggest reading some social psychology studies and some social and cultural critics instead. ...more
Luckily this was a short read. Or I probably wouldn't have finished it. There were a few pages here and there are found good, but the majority was eithLuckily this was a short read. Or I probably wouldn't have finished it. There were a few pages here and there are found good, but the majority was either irrelevant or coming from a place of scriptures and religious experience I simply couldn't connect with....more