A Place of Healing for the Soul by Peter France

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The tiny, arid Greek island of Patmos is one of the most sacred places in the Christian world, and a place of bewitching power, where people come for a brief summer visit and end up returning, year after year, for the rest of their lives. They respond to an unexplainable force which they can find nowhere else. Perhaps it is the invigorating "Greek light" that infuses the Holy Island's rocks and hills with a breathtaking sharpness and clarity, dating back to the time when Zeus raised the island from the bed of the sea.
Or perhaps it is Patmos's incredible history: almost two thousand years ago, Saint John was exiled here, and lived as a hermit in the Cave of Revelation, where he experienced a vision that led to the most famous piece of apocalyptic literature, the Book of Revelation.

In A Place of Healing for the Soul, BBC commentator Peter France— who arrived on the island a hardened skeptic—tells how he came to change his life perspective. Learning from the island’s gregarious inhabitants and its religious eccentrics— hermits, ascetics, monks and nuns—he discovered the pleasure and security of living simply and doing without, in a timeless realm where history, myth, and spirituality are endlessly alive.


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Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press. 240 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Travel, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Like some of the people he has met on the Greek island of Patmos, France's latest book quietly exudes "charis," the word he uses to describe their charm and grace.

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