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God's Dictionary Paperback – May 13, 2002

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From Publishers Weekly

Susan Corso's God's Dictionary: Divine Definitions for Everyday Enlightenment is a spiritual etymologist's dream, providing "the spiritual take on everyday words" such as disappointment ("not chosen"), companion ("sharing bread together") or support ("to carry near"). Corso's wordsmithing can have some profound implications, such as when she defines respect as "to regard again." She explains that this means that if we want respect from others, we first have to show it to them. Each meditation ends with an "infinition," a resolve to incorporate the word and its idea into daily life. Corso's dictionary is original, fresh and thought-provoking.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Corso, spiritual teacher and founder of Sanctuary, an omnifaith spiritual community, has written an interestingly structured and engagingly written book on spiritual meanings: she looks for enlightenment through etymology. From garbage and joy to eclipse and respect, Corso offers first a simplified etymology of the word and then reflects on its application to the spiritual life and daily human experience. Her explanations verge on folk etymology and would never satisfy the scholar, but her reflections have considerable charm. For most collections.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher (May 13, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585421693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585421695
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,769,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donna Henes on May 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
God's Dictionary is a brilliant book. Susan Corso is a clever, wise, and profound wordsmith. There is such great information here about the true meaning of many of the oft-used words in our spiritual vocabulary. Her research reveals etymology that is often surprising, sometimes shocking, and always fascinating.
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By Norma A on November 29, 2013
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Author has much insight and creativity, which I appreciate. I consider myself a wordsmith as well, and take meanings well into account. There are some interpretations that she pushes a little far, but as her own opinion, that's her prerogative.
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