The Soul of Christmas  -     By: Thomas Moore
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Franciscan Media / 2016 / Hardcover

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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.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Franciscan Media
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.00 X 4.75 (inches)
ISBN: 1632531208
ISBN-13: 9781632531209

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Publisher's Description

"If you enter the spirit of Christmas, the child could be born in you. You have a chance to rise above the unconsciousness that is widespread in the world today."

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 shouldn’t 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 child’s 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 other—whoever that "other" may be.

This may be the most profound reflection on the meaning of Christmas in a generation.

Author Bio

Thomas Moore is the author of the New York Times bestsellers, Care of the Soul, Soul Mates, and twenty other books on deepening spirituality and cultivating soul in every aspect of life. He has been a monk, a musician, a university professor, and a psychotherapist, and today he lectures widely on holistic medicine, spirituality, and psychotherapy. He has PhD in religion from Syracuse University, has won several awards for his work, and writes regular columns for Resurgence and Spirituality & Health magazines.

Editorial Reviews

"Thomas Moore in The Soul of Christmas helps us rise above the crass commercialism of Christmas and the nostalgia of childhood memories. With the eye of a mystic and the heart of storyteller, Thomas Moore explores the ancient myths, archetypal symbols, and profound images of this holy season. Be ready to gaze with Moore at the newborn Child and rediscover God’s message to you and to our world." —Richard Rohr is a globally recognized Catholic and ecumenical author and teacher and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he also serves as academic dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation
 
Praise for Thomas Moore
 
"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
 

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