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Book Title: The Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living|
The author of the book: Joseph Campbell
Date of issue: March 3rd 1992
ISBN 13: 9780060167189
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.14 MB
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Campbell is the first voice I've heard that reconciles what I've been taught about God (religion) and what I feel about God (spirituality). Campbell and his views are a revelation to me that made me feel both justified for my doubts, and confident in where I'm going with my relationship with God. And on top of that, a lot of the typcial guilt associated with not being a by-the-book Catholic disspated.
This collection of Joe Campbell writings, quotes and lectures is a bit chaotic and disorganized. Inside his philosophical musings are poems by Whitman, speeches by famous Native American chiefs, gospel passages, the Gospel of Thomas, and small rants. However, this mural of wisdom seems to lend to the man's train of thought and instead of being frustrating show a glimpse into the mechanics of his mind. And most amazingly, he pulls a common thread from amongst all those voices.
I'm a fan of this era of writing, so was not suprised to hear that Campbell and Steinbeck (my all-time favorite) were friendly and shared many deep conversations about God, women/relationships, struggle, art and life.
While Campbell is certainly no Steinbeck when it comes to building words on a page, he has a wonderful soul coupled with an incredible mind.
A must-read if you feel a rift between what your church/temple preaches as dogma and what you are feeling in your heart: "Life has no meaning. We have meaning and we bring it to life." J.C.
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