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Beloved Spirit: Pathways to Love, Grace and Mercy Hardcover – September 11, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Glitterati Incorporated (September 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098237996X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982379967
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,803,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

At this time of wearying world unrest and fragility, with tragically destructive natural disasters, I am deeply grateful to have been given the opportunity to draw on the beauty expressed in these images of the past. To me, this beauty reveals a way to find order in chaos and leads us in turn to an expression of universal clarity, compassion, love, and healing.

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To all those who bring comfort to others:
In a timeless place of no hour or land,
Where the soul is free to seek soaring dreams,
The heart will know the true secret of life-- 
To steer love to others by gracious means.
Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave

More About the Author

ALEXANDRA VILLARD DE BORCHGRAVE has gained distinction as a photojournalist, author, and poet over the past forty years. Her photographs have appeared on the covers of internationally renowned publications, such as Newsweek and Paris Match. She is the co-author of "VILLARD: The Life and Times of an American Titan" (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday), a biography of her great grandfather, railroad magnate and financier Henry Villard, who masterminded the creation of General Electric. Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave is also the author of "HEALING LIGHT: Thirty Messages of Love, Hope, and Courage," "HEAVENLY ORDER: Twenty Five Meditations of Wisdom and Harmony," and "BELOVED SPIRIT: Pathways to Love, Grace, and Mercy" (Glitterati Incorporated). She is the founder and president of the Light of Healing Hope Foundation www.lightofhealinghope.org, a charitable organization dedicated to providing books of hope as gifts to hospitals to comfort patients and their families at a time of adversity. She currently also serves on the Board of the Blair House Restoration Fund. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and lives with her husband in Washington, D.C.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roland Flamini on September 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The poet Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave is a spiritual optimist. After the trials and tribulations of daily life, she writes, "On a night when the course/of life is run,/And the heart and the light at last entwine,/ the beauty of all the world/now unfolds/in breathless grace/ only faith may define." At that moment, planets "halt in their path/to receive the noble and sinner/ as one;/the truth of a fortune,/dismal or fine,/matters not when Heaven's/kindness is won."
This is the narrative of Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave's third and latest book of verses,"Beloved Spirit: Pathways to Love, Grace, and Mercy" (New York: Glitterati). Life on this earth is a hazardous journey full of injustice and suffering, but it will end, just as each day fades into night. The book's eight chapter headings in fact span the time cycle from Before Dawn to Midnight. We have little control over what the day brings, but how we live it will shape the night that awaits us.
A life of love and grace, of courage and humanity, avoiding vengeance "lest it strike the heart,/leaving sorrow, destruction, love torn apart," is a sure path to "mercy," by which she means forgiveness -- which "brings peace/ at the end of the quest."
The use of day and night in devotional literature is, of course, not new. In the Middle Ages books of the hour with specific prayers for certain hours of the day were popular. And the Angelus, a devotion to the Virgin Mary recited in the early morning, at noon, and at sunset, reflects the passing of time towards eternity. The poetry of "Beloved Spirit" is fundamentally different: it is deeply devotional but only incidentally religious. The poet has created "sounds and sweet airs" (to borrow from Shakespeare) that comfort, console and encourage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nemir A. Kirdar on October 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"What an Inspirational message Beloved Spirit offers in a harsh and uncertain world. With every word, it lifts the soul towards the intangible, radiates joy and optimism and exquisitely expresses the reality of divine love and the world of the spirit. With its wonderful illustrations so beautifully complementing the text, the book glows with loving light and is a truly remarkable work."

Nemir A. Kirdar
Executive Chairman & CEO, Investcorp
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By MA on February 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The latest book of trilogies "Beloved Spirit" by Alexandra de Borchgrave is a truly inspirational account of the beauty of mysticism in the form of contemporary thinking. It is not only an unplifting experience, but one of divine wisdom expressed through the eyes of the author, whose beautiful spirit shines through. The accompanying art work, carefully selected, enhances and captivates a new dimension in visual pleasure. It is truly an exploration of the height of the reader's senses in the realm of spirit and sight. It is also the perfect culmination of a trilogy. The author has a unique perspective of a dimension which is rarely seen in literature today: that of pure symbolism and mystic enchantment. Highly recommended as a book to be collected.
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