Join us on a literary world trip!
Add this book to bookshelf
Grey
Write a new comment Default profile 50px
Grey
Subscribe to read the full book or read the first pages for free!
All characters reduced
A Place of Healing for the Soul - Patmos - cover

A Place of Healing for the Soul - Patmos

Peter France

Publisher: Grove Press

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

Summary

“France’s conversion is deeply touching . . . This is religious discovery for a postmodern generation.” —Philip Zaleski, Los Angeles Times   The tiny, arid Greek island of Patmos is one of the most sacred places in the Christian world—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 that 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.   “France, an erudite and amiable companion, who spices his writing with self-deprecating wit and thoughtful commentary on the eternal mysteries of the universe, has created a delight for open, even if skeptical, minds.” —Booklist
Available since: 12/01/2007.
Print length: 240 pages.

Other books that might interest you

  • Venice - Pure City - cover

    Venice - Pure City

    Peter Ackroyd

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    The Venetians' language and way of thinking set them aside from the rest of Italy. They are an island people, linked to the sea and to the tides rather than the land. This latest work from the incomparable Peter Ackroyd, like a magic gondola, transports its listeners to that sensual and surprising city.His account embraces facts and romance, conjuring up the atmosphere of the canals, bridges, and sunlit squares, the churches and the markets, the festivals and the flowers. He leads us through the history of the city, from the first refugees arriving in the mists of the lagoon in the fourth century to the rise of a great mercantile state and its trading empire, the wars against Napoleon, and the tourist invasions of today. Everything is here: the merchants on the Rialto and the Jews in the ghetto; the glassblowers of Murano; the carnival masks and the sad colonies of lepers; the artists-Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto, Tiepolo; and the ever-present undertone of Venice's shadowy corners and dead ends, of prisons and punishment, wars and sieges, scandals and seductions.Ackroyd's Venice: Pure City is a study of Venice much in the vein of his lauded London: The Biography. Like London, Venice is a fluid, writerly exploration organized around a number of themes. History and context are provided in each chapter, but Ackroyd's portrait of Venice is a particularly novelistic one, both beautiful and rapturous. We could have no better guide-enjoying Venice: Pure City is, in itself, a glorious journey to the ultimate city.
    Show book
  • The World War I Aviator's Pocket Manual - cover

    The World War I Aviator's Pocket...

    Chris McNab

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    How the first military pilots learned to fly—and fight: guidance from Great War training manuals.   Aviation was still in its infancy when World War I broke out—and newly formed air forces produced manuals to help pioneers heading for the skies as they took warfare into a new dimension with reconnaissance missions, primitive bombing attempts, and attacks on enemy aircraft.   Pulling together information from British manuals such as A Few Hints for the Flying Officer and Practical Flying, as well as American, German, and French training guides, this book shows the type of information the pilots were given, such as:   · The basics of how to care for, start, and fly an aircraft · Tactics and strategy in the air · Identifying whether vehicles below were friend or foe · Interacting with mechanics · Coordinating with army or naval forces, and more   This fascinating time capsule opens up the world of the Great War aviator and includes introductions to the manuals by Chris McNab, setting them in context and providing background.
    Show book
  • The Official Liverpool FC Quiz Book - 1000 Questions on all things Liverpool Football Club - cover

    The Official Liverpool FC Quiz...

    Dave Ball

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    Are you an LFC brain-box? If so, then put that claim to the test in the Official Liverpool FC Quiz Book.
    There are 100 quizzes and 1,000 questions on all aspects of the Reds, bang up-to-date with questions on the 2019.20 season and stars.
    Full of fascinating facts and featuring the all-time greats as well as those fleeting moments of fame, this is sure to be something any true supporter can't put down!
    Compiled by life-long fans and official club statisticians Dave Ball and Ged Rea. Dave s former BBC Sports Brain of Britain, has worked with Sky Sports and been a research consultant with the "A Question of Sport Team" since the days of Liverpool legend Emlyn Hughes. As well as being a contributor to major TV, radio and written media outlets, Ged has also been a question setter for LFCTV quiz shows as well as ITV Digital's "Do I Not Know That?"
    Together, a formidable team.
    Show book
  • Abbott and Costello: Preparing for Christmas - cover

    Abbott and Costello: Preparing...

    John Grant, Bud Abbott

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    The Prize Ring Murder Case began when Pop Manning, Fight manager was stabbed while in the ring taking care of his fighter Joey Martin. Philo Vance has established that Manning might have been killed by accident with Martin the real intended victim.
    Show book
  • A Complete Guide to Drawing - cover

    A Complete Guide to Drawing

    Domingo Manera

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    The author has spent many years in French art schools. At present, he is a renowned Master of drawing and a Professor at the "Scuola del Libro della Società Umanitaria". This volume contains mature experiences, stepped didactics and the clarity of concepts and lines that make it unique in the world of teaching, at all levels, of the most complex drawing techniques.
    Show book
  • How to be a Cyclist - An A-Z of Life on Two Wheels - cover

    How to be a Cyclist - An A-Z of...

    John Deering, Phil Ashley

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    No bicycle repair was ever made easier by turning your bike upside down. White shorts are for other people. A helmet perched on the back of your head is perfect if you ride your bike backwards - These and a host of other handy pointers jostle for attention within this A - Z guide to being a cyclist. Itapos;s an essential manual and source of wisdom for those who would be kings of the road. Many pitfalls await the unwary middle-aged-man-in-Lycra, but fear not, for the Guide is here to steer you through choppy waters. No more passing out halfway up a hill. No more ridicule in the work place. No more hurty knee. And no more sock crimes. Pearls of wisdom are scattered throughout this book like rose petals before a princess on her wedding day. For instance, who could deny that life is too short to drink bad coffee? That a noisy bike is marginally more annoying than a whiney toddler? Or that style should ever be sacrificed for speed? Written by experts who know everything there is to know about cycling, yet never forget that there is nothing funnier than a rabbit playing a trumpet, How to be a Cyclist is mandatory reading for all bike riders.
    Show book