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Providence: The Story of a Fifty Year Vision Quest (original 1995; edition 1995)

by Daniel Quinn

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Title:Providence: The Story of a Fifty Year Vision Quest
Authors:Daniel Quinn
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Glibly written, almost to the point of simple mindedness (especially regarding his philosophy of education-I agree with the spirit of it but has he not read of any already existing alternative schools, like Waldorf or Montessori?)...self indulgent, smug, smacks of the same narcissism I found in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance...and the conceit he uses of an imaginary dialogue with someone who has broken into his house is odd, if not a bit creepy... ( )
  Rob3rt | Mar 3, 2016 |
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Only slaves love being powerful.
Hans Erich Nossack
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The nudge of Providence has come to me through many people, including Thomas Merton, Michael Carden, John Ryan, Ada Saichy, and, always, Rennie.
This book is dedicated to them.
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Providence is Quinn's fascinating memoir of his life-long spiritual voyage. His journey takes him from a childhood dream in Omaha setting him on a search for fulfillment, to his time as a postulant in the Trappist order under the guidance of eminent theologian Thomas Merton.  Later, his quest took him through the deep self-discovery of psychoanalysis, through a failed marriage during the turbulent and exciting 60s, to finding fulfillment with his wife Rennie and a career as a writer. In Providence Quinn also details his rejection of organized religion and his personal rediscovery of what he says is humankind's first and only universal religion, the theology that forms the basis for Ishmael.

Providence is an insightful book that address issues of education, psychology, religion, science, marriage, and self-understanding, and will give insight to anyone who has ever struggled to forge and enact a personal spirituality.

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