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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Larson Publications (September 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943914485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943914480
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #879,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dying, grieving, and love inhabit the poems of Stephen Levine in Breaking the Drought:Visions of Grace (Larson Publications 2007, $15 paper, a collection that delves into themes he has often explored as a teacher of meditation and healing practices. Levine invites a Buddhist sensibility into reflective portraits of red-eyed lime-green frogs, the honeycomb of memory, and other evocative subjects. . . . Levine's verse carries the wisdom of a life lived open to vulnerability, greeting the reader with surprising empathy.

My heart lifted and my spirits rejoiced on reading his divinely inspired work. (Judy Collins)

Stephen cradles your heart with tenderness and places the lamp of truth in your hand. A wise and beautiful gift . . . (Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart)

There are many poems here you'll want to read to your friends. (Robert Bly)

At last the drought is over. Stephen's poems—a glorious deluge of the divine. (Wavy Gravy)

Here are poems of the heart that speak directly to our spirit today... Both timely and timeless, these visions of grace are like nectar to soul. (Lama Surya Das)

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"This insightful book has a little something for everyone and is uplifting and fun to read even though many serious topics are covered. Display this with any of Levine's other books to showcase the wide range of his writing talents."

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I found some of his experiences to be quite fascinating!
Laborcita
Mainly it is the grace that lays hidden within each thought that seeps into my heart nuruturing it, like the precious dew that nourishes our parched soil.
LizOra
Reading it, I found myself sinking in, trusting the words to take me on a journey . . . one with rich images, a clear mind, and an open heart.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Soren Gordhamer on November 5, 2007
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This is great stuff. Reading it, I found myself sinking in, trusting the words to take me on a journey . . . one with rich images, a clear mind, and an open heart. I particularly enjoyed "If Prayer Would Do It" and "I Sought Myself Unsuccessfully."

This is poetry as spiritual teaching. Highly recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John E. Welshons on August 10, 2010
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In Breaking the Drought, Stephen Levine makes a triumphant return to his critically acclaimed roots in poetry. After nearly forty years producing some of the most spiritually influential prose of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries (Who Dies?, Meetings at the Edge, A Year to Live, etc.), Stephen offers a collection of powerful poems as heartful, as searingly honest, as insightful, as precise, as spiritually uplifting and perceptually transforming as those of the greatest poets in history.

One of the most gifted spiritual lights and counselors of our time, Stephen's work since the early Seventies has been dedicated to healing the suffering in the human mind and the aching in the human heart. He and his extraordinary wife, Ondrea, have skillfully guided thousand of people toward the unveiling of their own Inner Light. They have spent decades supporting the often unrecognized human yearning to bask and flourish in the brilliance of that Light. They have given love and compassion graciously, gracefully, and generously without expectation of reward or personal gain. Their wisdom and kindness are legendary in the hearts of those who have had the great blessing of coming into their orbit.

Praised by spiritual luminaries like Ram Dass, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Jack Kornfield, and many others, Stephen now comes full circle . . . back to the simple profundity of poetic words . . . inspired by a lifetime of listening deeply to the wounds of others, and applying the one true healing balm . . . love, wisdom, and compassionate presence . . . flowing softly and freely from heart-to-heart.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 7, 2008
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Stephen Devine has sold over a million books of poetry, all of them seeking to help people with the healing and grieving process and his newest book of poetry, "Breaking The Drought: Visions of Grace" is no different. It grants fans the same creative intuition and poetic sensibility that Levine has become so known and loved for, as he channels his original muse as he opens his heart and invites all to enter. Highly recommended to both poetry lovers and community library poetry collections where it is sure to be a hit. A pinched nerve: A pinched nerve/at the root of the fingers/tried to pick up/more than it could handle/but in the pain/without reserve or wish/to be otherwise/the light./Ah there! Christ in the palm of your hand.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LizOra on July 3, 2008
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Poems that take my breath away. In part the selected words describe the countryside where I reside and it is due to grace that I live here. Mainly it is the grace that lays hidden within each thought that seeps into my heart nuruturing it, like the precious dew that nourishes our parched soil.

Levine is a remarkable poet when dealing with love, living and death. Although I know him the most through his nonfiction writing on coping with chronic and terminal illnesses and his report of his experiment, A Year to Live, what a joy to discover poetry is his true medium.
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I found the title to be powerful! Seeing all the news of drought in the state of California sent me on a search on the internet for spiritual answers on drought. Strange when I got the book..I said to someone I knew living in California at the time. I got this book to break your drought...and twice a few days later...it rained. It hadn't for months where he was. Thoughts become things..... Anyway, I can relate to this man completely as I have been on my own spiritual journey as he has. We must all break our own spiritual drought from within....the heart
is the healer of all things. I found some of his experiences to be quite fascinating! The spiritual awakening is a call from the heart for expansion of your mind...and uniting of your mind and heart in wisdom. A great read...always great to bring energy of someone who is so connected...into your space. These days, with the internet...we all have the opportunity to invite great people, great wisdom into our sacred space.
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