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Jeffrey Rasley

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Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, The United States
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Jeff Rasley is the author of ten books and has published numerous articles in academic and mainstream periodicals, including Newsweek, Chicago Magazine, ABA Journal, Family Law Review, American Athenaeum, Pacific Magazine, Indy's Child, The Journal of Communal Societies, The Chrysalis Reader, Faith & Fitness Magazine, Friends Journal, and Real Travel Adventures International Magazine. He is an award-winning photographer and his pictures taken in the Himalayas and Caribbean and Pacific islands have been published in several journals.

Rasley has engaged in social activism and philanthropic efforts from an early age. In high school he co-founded the Goshen Walk for Hunger. In law school he was an advocate of residential renters' rights as a lob
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Review of Hero's Journey by Rita Kohn, Nuvo

I met Jeff Rasley, who respectfully backed away to the steps. He left a bag with four books. I said, “I’ll read soonest, or then again I might stay up half the night compelled to read.” We laughed.

It was four a.m. when I limped to bed, wrung out from front to back cover of the compelled-to-read “Hero’s Journey: John Ritter, the Chip Hilton of Goshen, Indiana.” The title brought several strands of Read more of this blog post »
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Published on April 14, 2020 15:14 Tags: basketball, celebrity, heroes, journey, memoir, sports
Average rating: 3.66 · 99 ratings · 38 reviews · 11 distinct works
Bringing Progress to Paradi...

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Godless-- Living a Valuable...

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Pilgrimage: Sturgis to Woun...

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Light in the Mountains -- A...

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False Prophet: A Legal Thri...

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Monsters of the Midway

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Polarized! The Case for Civ...

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Islands in my Dreams

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Hero's Journey: John Ritter, the Chip Hilton of Goshen, Indiana; a Memoir (Biographies & Memoirs)
1 chapters   —   updated May 25, 2016 03:50PM
Description: What makes a real hero? Chip Hilton was an ideal hero for boys growing up in small Midwestern towns in the 1950s and 60s. Chip was an A-student, loving son, and hard worker at the local drug store. He had a gang of loyal friends. But most importantly, he was the star player on his high school sports teams. Chip was a fictional character in a series of sports-action books. John Ritter was a real-live boy who seemed to be as close to Chip Hilton-like perfection as humanly possible. He grew up in Goshen, Indiana, to become a record-breaking All-Star basketball player and captain of Bob Knight's first outstanding Indiana Hoosiers team. But John Ritter's life journey took a very different route from that of his fictional twin and what his hometown fans expected. Solving the mystery of what happened to John Ritter and trying to understand why was what inspired the creation of Hero's Journey. Jeff Rasley's childhood memories of his story book and real-life sports heroes are the launch pad for an exploration of how we create, treat, and mistreat our heroes. Hero's Journey taps voices as diverse as Patti Smith, Homer, Shakespeare, the Grateful Dead, and Dennis Rodman in an examination of the cultural shifts in the meaning of hero. The lustrous triumphs and pitiable travails of mythical heroes, like Achilles and Lancelot, are compared to ethical martyrs, like Gandhi and King, and to more troubling champions like Allen Iverson, Mike Tyson, Caitlyn Jenner, and Donald Trump.
Godless – Living a Valuable Life beyond Beliefs (Religion & Spirituality)
1 chapters   —   updated May 14, 2015 02:38AM
Description: Beliefs divide us, values unite us. Fight violence with values. Godless – Living a Valuable Life beyond Beliefs is - A value-based alternative to fundamentalism and political gridlock. - A critique of organized religion and ideological politics and a remedy for what ails the Church and the political order. - A middle way between orthodoxy and atheism to save religion in the advancing age of unbelief and a pragmatic approach to encourage political activism to counter apathy. It shows how religious and political extremism can be defeated with pragmatism and positive values.
An Enlightened Partnership By Jeff Rasley November/December 2013 (Biographies & Memoirs)
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Description: I first went to the Himalayan Mountains in Nepal as an adventurer and mountain climber in 1995. After four Himalayan expeditions in five years I was forced to question what I was really doing in Nepal. In 1999 my climbing team barely escaped an avalanche which killed three Nepalese porters. Those men died carrying equipment for Western climbers. Was there any sense to make of the loss of three lives?
My Second Home, Basa Village (Travel)
1 chapters   —   updated May 14, 2015 02:36AM
Description: http://synchchaos.com/?s=Jeff+Rasley&x=13&y=13 Article published in Synchronized Chaos; an excerpt from "Light in the Mountains; Namaste, Rakshi, and Electricity in a Himalayan Village"
Islands in my Dreams (Travel)
1 chapters   —   updated May 14, 2015 02:32AM
Description: An island is a place to be alone or to experience intimate community. Islands can be an escape from the bonds of normal life and an embrace with a local culture far different from your own. Escape to an island may be a singular jewel of experience. I wanted to experience islands more deeply than that of tourist. I explored the islands described in this anthology as a traveler with an attitude of curiosity and adventure. The personal essays and stories in this book reflect some of what I have gained and what I have dreamed of islands as a spiritual seeker and adventure traveler.
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Godless-- Living a Valuable Life Beyond Beliefs by Jeffrey Rasley
“The purpose of a life well lived is not a happy ending. The end is for all of us the same, death. A life well lived is just that, well lived.”
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You Have to Get Lost Before You Can Be Found by Jeff Rasley
“I will never see you again with my eyes, but I will see you in my heart."
You Have to Get Lost before You Can Be Found”
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Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer
" Lyn wrote: "Currently around 60% of the way through the book. He does mention preparing rations many times. Also, he has mentioned eating or being ser ...more "
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The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George
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Mr. Misunderstood: Nero, according to author Margaret George, is a much maligned historical figure. We know Nero, through popular culture and Christian-biased history, as a monster. George's "Confessions" is a needed corrective to this long-held misc ...more
False Prophet by Jeffrey Rasley
“Everything in the world looks more beautiful when seen through eyes in love.”
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Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann
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Tyll is a legendary character in German folklore. So, Kehlmann may have intended to write the character so opaque. But I would have preferred to get to know the protagonist of the book more personally. As a child, Tyll seems very real, with understan ...more
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Fall, or Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson
Fall, or Dodge in Hell
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It's a mash up of mystery, thriller, techno-pop science fiction, mythology, and fantasy. There are two long and boring sequences imitative of the 2 Genesis creation stories. But there are fun, exciting, and suspenseful stories in the "meat world" and ...more
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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
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"You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these last twenty years at least."
Here we have a perfect example of Austen’s genius for creating memorable characters. With just four lines of dialogue, right away we know everything there is to know about Mr. Bennet, and we’re only a few pages into the book. He is convinced he is always right (“You mistake me, my dear”). He often says the opposite of what he means (his wife is not at all mistaken here - he lives for nothing more than to vex her constantly). His use of language is so adroit, one can spin his words to mean entirely opposite notions (watch here the high-wire act he performs of starting with the phrase “high ...more
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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
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“Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.”
Jeffrey Rasley, Bringing Progress to Paradise: What I Got from Giving to a Mountain Village in Nepal

“curling leaves and twining branches outside my bay window look like a Van Gogh in the starlight - there is a river out there somewhere”
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“I started out a human being. But pretty much had all the humanity wrung out of me after passing the Bar and practicing law for ten years. Not sure what I am now.”
Jeffrey Rasley, False Prophet: A Legal Thriller

“The purpose of a life well lived is not a happy ending. The end is for all of us the same, death. A life well lived is just that, well lived.”
Jeffrey Rasley, Godless-- Living a Valuable Life Beyond Beliefs

“Everything in the world looks more beautiful when seen through eyes in love.”
Jeffrey Rasley, False Prophet: A Legal Thriller

“You have to get lost before you can be found.”
Jeffrey Rasley, Light in the Mountains -- A Hoosier Quaker Finds Communal Enlightenment in Nepal

“Beliefs divide us, values unite us."

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Jeffrey Rasley Tom wrote: "Hi Jeffrey,

Thanks for joining my circle of friends.

Blessings,

Tom"

Likewise, Tom.


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Tom Blubaugh Hi Jeffrey,

Thanks for joining my circle of friends.

Blessings,

Tom


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