"WILDERNESS OF THE SOUL is a book about personal spiritual growth. It begins with the premise that life is a love story designed by a loving God, who calls each of us to be a part of that story. The book makes a frank and eclectic examination of a Wilderness God, a Deity that no religious system has been able to define or control. Rather than viewing God as a capricious prankster or bully, who toys with our lives just to test us, the book sees God as a mysterious presence who cannot be controlled or denied, but who loves everything unconditionally.
The book advances the life of Jesus as an example of the wilderness life, one who became alienated from his own religious tradition, because it imposed too many restrictions and excluded too many people. By entering fully into the wilderness of his own soul, Jesus found a path that brought him into the mystery of an all-inclusive and all-loving God.
The major portion of the book details ten stages (or marks) of spiritual growth for the one who seeks to explore the authentic or God-realized life. The initial stage is exile, which we all experience when we first enter this earth experience, and the final stage is graduation (or death). We go through these ten stages of growth and learning in order to learn the highest lesson of all: how to make our lives an expression of unconditional love to God and to the world.
The book concludes by asking the question, “Whose Side Is God On?” with particular reference to the complex and troubled situation of our world today as it hovers on the brink of war.
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Published February 15, 2008
Self Help, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference.