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Close to the bone : life-threatening illness as a soul journey

Author: Jean Shinoda Bolen
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Conari Press, Red Wheel/Weiser, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 10th Anniversary rev. edView all editions and formats
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Close to the Bone is a wise companion and guide for people whose lives are changed by a life-threatening illness. When you or a loved one are facing such a situation, sharing this book helps deepen and connect people to what they know "in their bones." A serious illness is a crisis for the body and the soul. The first scary symptom, ominous scan, or abnormal blood test begins a descent into the metaphoric  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular Works
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Shinoda Bolen
ISBN: 9781573243032 1573243035
OCLC Number: 73927227
Description: xii, 244 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Jean Shinoda Bolen.
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Close to the Bone is a wise companion and guide for people whose lives are changed by a life-threatening illness. When you or a loved one are facing such a situation, sharing this book helps deepen and connect people to what they know "in their bones." A serious illness is a crisis for the body and the soul. The first scary symptom, ominous scan, or abnormal blood test begins a descent into the metaphoric underworld. Powerful ancient myths such as the Abduction of Persephone, the Descent of Inanna, and the last task of Psyche provide us with insights into illness as a soul journey. Jean Shinoda Bolen's telling of these powerful myths, helps us respond to the stories as metaphors for our experience and for the potential psychological and spiritual growth that a brush with death or onset of disability can bring. Sometimes the soul is healed and the body does not recover. Sometimes the possibility of death followed by the return of health serves as a wake-up call and turning point. Life for everyone is a terminal condition, after all. How we respond to unchosen circumstances shapes who we are and provides intimations about the meaning of our particular life. -- Provided by publisher.

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