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Close to the bone : life-threatening illness and the search for meaning

Author: Jean Shinoda Bolen
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this beautifully written and profoundly affecting new book, Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen explores what it means when serious illness brings one "close to the bone": close to the soul's needs. As in her critically acclaimed best-seller Goddesses in Everywoman, the author weaves myth, experience, and story to produce a book which at once illuminates the experience of the seriously ill patient and shows that facing one's
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Shinoda Bolen
ISBN: 0684822377 9780684822372
OCLC Number: 34951537
Description: 224 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Close to the bone: illness and the soul --
Ground gives way under us --
Harbinger of truth --
Like green meat on a hook --
Procrustean dismemberment --
Illness as a turning point --
Sometimes we need a story --
Soul connections --
Summoning angels: prayer --
Prescribing imagination --
Rituals: enacting myth --
Helping each other --
Musings.
Responsibility: Jean Shinoda Bolen.

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In this beautifully written and profoundly affecting new book, Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen explores what it means when serious illness brings one "close to the bone": close to the soul's needs. As in her critically acclaimed best-seller Goddesses in Everywoman, the author weaves myth, experience, and story to produce a book which at once illuminates the experience of the seriously ill patient and shows that facing one's mortality can be a life-transforming, and even a.

Life-saving, process. Close to the Bone follows the patients and their loved ones on a path which, soon after diagnosis, brings them into a kind of underworld of experience, a state of emotional trauma that has the potential to strip away what become merely superfluous concerns, focusing the individual on what is truly important. This process can be enhanced by prayer, meditation, participation in rituals, the sharing of stories, and a deeper and more honest level of.

Communication with those we love and with ourselves.

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