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With his trademark blend of storytelling, faith, and insight, author Thomas Moore turns his poetic attention to the birth of Christ in Bethlehem. The Christ Child reminds us of the infinite possibilities of life available to us, and we celebrate that vitality in the season of good cheer, gift-giving, and community. The Soul of Christmas offers us an opportunity to get in touch with our own mystical side by recreating the Nativity in our hearts, experiencing what is possible if human beings really love each other. Hardcover.
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Franciscan Media
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 4.75 (inches)|
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With his trademark blend of storytelling, faith, and psychological insight, New York Times bestselling author Thomas Moore turns his poetic attention to the most enduring story of them all: the birth of Christ in Bethlehem. Carefully and lovingly, he looks at passages from the Gospels, both canonical and non-canonical, comparing them to archetypal stories and ancient myths in order to understand his own beliefs and to gaze in wonder at the Holy Child.
Christmas, says Moore, belongs to everyone. It has meaning only as a plan for the entire human race. Christmas shouldnt be sentimentalized or turned into consumer frenzy: "The child lying in the manger is perhaps the most radical of all spiritual reformers."
The Christ Child reminds us of the infinite possibilities of life available to us, and we celebrate that vitality in the season of good cheer, gift-giving, and community. Christmas also offers an opportunity to get in touch with our own mystical side, to recreate the Nativity in our hearts. "If we could but mix just a small measure of the childs naïveté with an intelligent appreciation of the traditional Christmas symbols, myths, and images," Moore asserts, "we might be surprised at the profundity." The enchantment of Christmas is a taste of what is possible if human beings could really love each other. The infant in the manger symbolizes new life, the potential all human beings have to be a new kind of being dedicated to agape, a love of the otherwhoever that "other" may be.
This may be the most profound reflection on the meaning of Christmas in a generation.
"Thomas Moore has taught us how to discover the holiness concealed in the ordinary." Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, author of the bestseller
When Bad Things Happen to Good People
"When [Moore] is read closely, his depth is apparent…he stands to make some new converts to the non-institutional ranks of spirituality." Publishers Weekly
"Thomas Moore is one of the profound spiritual writers of our time."
John Bradshaw, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Homecoming