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Portals to Freedom

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Portals to Freedom is an intimate portrait of one of the most significant religious figures in recent history, 'Abdu'l-Baha-- the son and appointed successor of the Prophet of the Baha'i Faith. Author Howard Colby Ives offers us a remarkably candid and honest description of his own personal spiritual search as a Unitarian minister struggling with questions of faith and spi ...more
Paperback, 217 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Baha'i Publishing (first published January 4th 1983)
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Stephen
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More than merely a memoir, Portals to Freedom by Howard Colby Ives is both a loving portrait of a "holy man" and a deeply personal exploration of the slow convergence between intellectualism and spirituality. Ives, a former Unitarian minister, wrote Portals to Freedom nearly eighty years ago. His aim was to recount his experiences, still vivid 25 years after the fact, of sitting "at the feet of the master" in a nearly literal sense – that is, of spending time in the company of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, head ...more
Colleen
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction

I was first introduced to this book while participating in a youth project in the city that I would very shortly move to. The novel chronicles Howard Colby Ives', a Unitarian minister, meetings with 'Abdu'l-Bahá and journey towards the Bahá'í faith.



From 1910 to 1913, 'Abdu'l-Bahá, the son of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá'í faith, journeyed from Palestine to the United States of America and Canada. Portals to Freedom introduces the reader to the astounding figure of 'Abdu'l-Bahá and brings

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Martin Genet
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a book worth reading because he actually met the man. His candid descriptions of the impact Abdul B aha had on him are fascinating and most affecting.
Reyhani
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Page 169 of Portals to Freedom will remain in my heart and on the wall of my room forever. This is a good book if you seeking to understand the Baha'i faith and also if you are trying to imagine why Abdul Baha is repeatedly called the perfect man. This book could also serve those hearts that are investigating spirituality.
Jordan Baese
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing first-hand encounter with a man who seems to embody Perfection. Inspiring read. Wonderful stories.
Gordon
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Certain pasages in this book - about the author's meeting `Abdu'l-Baha - have influenced me more than anything else I ever read ...more
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