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Jeffrey Rasley

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Born
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
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Average rating: 3.67 · 93 ratings · 32 reviews · 11 distinct works
Bringing Progress to Paradi...

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Pilgrimage: Sturgis to Woun...

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Godless-- Living a Valuable...

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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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Nepal Himalayas -- In the M...

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Islands in my Dreams

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POLARIZED! The Case for Civ...

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Hero's Journey: John Ritter, the Chip Hilton of Goshen, Indiana; a Memoir (Biographies & Memoirs)
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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 13, 2015 06:38PM
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)
1 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:36PM
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 13, 2015 06:36PM
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 13, 2015 06:32PM
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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The Storm Before the Storm by Mike Duncan
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Historical Parallels between the Fall of the Roman Republic and the Time of Trump: Duncan introduces The Storm Before The Storm arguing that history does not repeat itself per se, but there are parallels between different historical eras. The paralle ...more
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History of the Russian Revolution by Leon Trotsky
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Trotsky’s History of the Russian Revolution on the Centennial of the Revolution
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An unopened boxed set of the three-volume Trotsky’s History of the Russian Revolution occupied space on bookshelves within my various residences for the las
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Manhattan Transfer by John Dos Passos
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It's literary jazz, man. Can you dig it? Characters stand up, and fade out, like Dixie Land. But it ain't Nawlins. The one character constant throughout is New York City. A collage of scenes and character sketches with stream of consciousness and poe ...more
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When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
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Lovely prose and attention to detail, but it fails in the attempt at the "unreliable narrator novel". Banks is not sufficiently disconnected from reality to be believable as simply an insane character/narrator. And, he is too rational and believable ...more
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The Incest Diary by Anonymous
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"The Incest Diary is ... an account, a true one," according to Amia Srinivasan's review in Harper's Magazine. Possibly, but I doubt it. As an attorney and pastoral counselor I represented and counseled many victims of rape and sexual abuse, including ...more
A Column of Fire by Ken Follett
"I love the Kingsbridge series, and had anticipated this third entry for a long time. I was really engaged with the time period in European history that Follett explored in this one."
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Weapons of War by Robert E. Wright
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This book is a moving account through letters and pictures of a soldier's story. While Bob Wright was fighting in the jungles of Viet Nam, his fiance was the first African-American cheerleader at Ball State University. They were living very different ...more
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A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré
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Nearing the end of a legacy:
I've loved le Carre my entire adult life, after reading The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, and have looked forward to each of his books since. George Smiley is one of my favorite characters in literature. I did not love "L
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A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
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Farewell to Ernest: The arms that are bid farewell could be either that of a lover or to war, or both. That possible double entendre is one of the more interesting aspects of the book. I found the first third of the book almost unbearably boring. Lit ...more
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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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“To prepare for the mountains develop mind, body, will and spirit as strong as a sword, soft as a pillow and fluid as water.”
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“You have to get lost before you can be found.”
Jeffrey Rasley, Light in the Mountains -- A Hoosier Quaker Finds Communal Enlightenment in Nepal

“Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.”
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“To prepare for the mountains develop mind, body, will and spirit as strong as a sword, soft as a pillow and fluid as water.”
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“Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest.”
Hermann Hesse

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Jeffrey Rasley Tom wrote: "Hi Jeffrey,

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Tom Blubaugh Hi Jeffrey,

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