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Metaphors of Meaning by Linda Wilson

Metaphors of Meaning

by Linda Wilson

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Wilson writes of how she explored spiritual metaphors and developed one, "tending to my spiritual home," that expresses and nourishes her spiritual understanding and guides her everyday relationships and activities to create a spirit-filled life. She discusses why some metaphors work for her and others don't, and includes a series of queries to help readers explore metaphors and their implications and helpfulness for themselves. This pamphlet should be useful and encouraging to many, as well as interesting for the story of this Friend from Aotearoa New Zealand. ( )
  QuakerReviews | Mar 30, 2016 |
Linda Wilson is a fourth generation New Zealander, from Scottish stock. She speaks of some Quaker influence, but never directly states she is a member of any Meeting, or whether her Scottish ancestors were Quakers. I found the lack of specific identification disturbing. Going to great lengths to locate herself geographically, I would like to have known how she locates herself religiously.

Wilson spends about half of the book discussing metaphors in general, and the second half discussing one she finds personally resonating. I found her style of writing clear and inviting. She pointed out certain things about praying which had never occurred to me, and other points about metaphors that have always been clear, e.g. They don't always survive in translation from language to language or culture to culture.

Definitely worth reading, and would make a good book for a discussion group. ( )
  kaulsu | Feb 24, 2016 |
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