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Villette by Charlotte Brontë
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The Perennial Philosophy by Aldous Huxley
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Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë
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Coming of age story, including her first job, the loss of a loved one, and falling in love. Very easy reading for such an old book.
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There and Back by George MacDonald
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Lovely story of love and integrity. I love MacDonald's characters. They are such admirable people.
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Island by Aldous Huxley
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A small island in the South Pacific has incorporated Buddhist practice, healthy psychology, and the use of hallucinogenic drugs with purposeful limitation of outside influences as to material wealth and commercialism to create a true utopia. I loved ...more
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Natural Great Perfection by Nyoshul Khenpo
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Contains some gems but hard going. Many untranslated words in Tibetan and Sanskrit. Even when all the words are English it's hard to understand, for example, "The inherent freedom of being is spontaneously, primordially present. All delusory percepti ...more
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Island by Aldous Huxley
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Sisterhood of Saints by Melanie Rigney
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Brief description of the life of a saint for each day of the year, all of them women. Each page includes an inspiring quote, from the saints themselves if available, or from the Bible, and a challenge or suggestion for some action to take based on th ...more
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Embraced By Compassion by Barbara Fiand
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I thought this book might help me learn how to experience God's compassion, how to feel God's response to my human longing. I was disappointed. It was academic in tone, with sentences so long I had to read many of them three or four times to understa ...more
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Ever After by Elswyth Thane
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The parts about people and their relationships were good but I didn't like the long section in the middle about war – lots of descriptions of injury, illness and hardship.
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William Wordsworth
“With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.”
William Wordsworth

Roberto Calasso
“Whatever else it might be, the divine is certainly the thing that imposes with maximum intensity the sensation of being alive.”
Roberto Calasso, Literature and the Gods

Mary Oliver
“Instructions for living a life.
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.”
Mary Oliver

“Monastic contemplatives have staked out a clearly limited area to be transformed by contemplation: the monastery. Lay contemplatives face the challenge of transforming the whole world.”
David Steindl-Rast

Frances Hodgson Burnett
“Two things cannot be in one place. Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow.”
Frances Hodgson Burnett

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