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Grace and Grit: Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber Paperback – February 6, 2001
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"A singular achievement. It succeeds as a story of one cancer patient's experience, as a guidebook for patients and their caretakers, as a love story, as a survey of the world's mystical traditions, as an examination of death and dying, and as an exploration of relationship as a means for spiritual development."—Natural Health
"A deep and searing look at living, dying, loving, death, and resurrection."—M. Scott Peck, M.D.
"A rare book—a love story that brings the perennial wisdom of the ages to life in all the anguish and exaltation that comprise the human condition. Treya Killam Wilber's honesty, vibrancy, and compassion speak through her many journal entries, masterfully woven with Ken's text, to make Grace and Grit a true experience of sacred partnership."—Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.; author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind and Guilt Is the Teacher, Love Is the Lesson
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I urge you to buy this book, and expand your own vision of what is possible: in a loving relationship, as one approaches the end of this physical existence, and within the human heart and soul.
This book woke me up. It reminded me about Love. (Saying that, the words seem so inadequate) The truth is, I can't come close to conveying the Love which comes through in this book. It�s personal love directed toward a wife, a husband, a family. It's universal Love which calls to you to find your way home. It beckons "Promise you will find me again."
I just finished reading the last chapter, and I cried and cried. I remembered what it was like when my mom died. Dannion Brinkley said that when someone dies, the doors to Heaven open up, and energy flows in both directions. I'll second that. My mothers death was one of the most sacred experiences of my life.
Reading this, I also remembered Love. A friend of mine used to tease his wife. She would say "Honey, do you love me?" And he would respond, "Only when I stop and think about it." Love is like that isn't it? If we don't stop and become present to Love, then Love isn't present in our awareness, and that which isn't present in our awareness isn't real to us in the present moment. At best, it is a myth about a "Once upon a time/somewhere someday" experience.
This book, and especially the last chapter increased my awareness of Love so dramatically, I felt like I just woke up. And then it repeated the experience.Read more ›
The philosophy is outstanding. Highly intelligent and compassionate. No-one I have ever read about worked at hard as getting her spirit well (in case that might cure her cancer) as Treya and yet she dies. A definitive repost indeed to all the Caroline Myss and Louise Hay's of the world. I have grown deeply angry with the "you can heal your life/ you create your own reality" approaches as I struggle with (I hope) grace and grit through my own, possibly terminal, illness. This book is a rare shining example of truth - bright, brilliant, loving truth - in amongst the heap of self-righteous publications out there.
Read it to be moved. To be enlightened. To grow in wisdom and courage.
psychology, spirituality, growth, enlightenment, alternative
medicines, life, death and healing. A real page turner that allows
you waste no time to finish it straight away. I read it during my
vacation two weeks ago. I took it with me during bath and each trip to
the loo. Every person, especially women,with or without cancer must
read this book. This is also a perfect gift for those with cancer
(the only downfall is of course the sensitive death issue so openly
talked about in this book the reality of which so many people in such
a predicament, both the patients and support people, find it difficult
to face and prepare for. This is most unfortunate since this could
perhaps be the only truly significant help and hope for both patients
and support people to make the remaining time left, say if miracle
doesn't come, worth living.)
It is a course on living (also death)
and how to be human and to accept all the human conditions that go
with it, written by both Ken and Treya Wilber. Ken Wilber has
skillfully increased my admiration and faith in the practicality and
superiority, both spiritual and intellectual, of (eastern)mysticism,
especially Buddhism, over mythical religions such as mainstream
Christianity and Islam (since there are also mystic branches in both
religions), although he wouldn't call himself a Buddhist for his deep
affinity for Christian mysticism and Vedanta Hinduism (despite his
rigorous Buddhist practice).As he noted in the book jocularly:
"All religions are the same, especially Buddhism".
love and dedication for Treya was so deeply touching.Read more ›
vulnerable, more approachable by more people. It's easiest to
imagine Ken Wilber as a scholar/monk, locked in his study
grinding out title after title. (See _Sex, Ecology, Spirituality:
the Spirit of Evolution_ for a recent imposing example).
In _Grace and Grit_ we come as well to know an all-too-human Wilber,
a tragic lover with a heart stung by nettles of distraction and despair.
Putting his writing aside for a period of years, Ken became a full-time
support person for his wife Treya during her protracted struggle
with cancer. Until the very end, the Wilbers hoped and labored
for a cure. In the end, they chose to make Treya's death a
lesson in living for all of us. This is a sad and joyous book.
Saddest of all: what might Treya Killam Wilber have shared with us
had she lived longer? (Longer, not fuller. Her life was
full - there can be no doubt.) Most joyous: in this work the
Wilbers have shared both a vision and practice of hope beyond
the boundaries of biological existence. Recommended reading for
all who wonder how life can end, when love cannot.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the best love story I ave ever read, immersed in deep spiritual development and a flavor of what life in wonderful persons looks like.Published 25 days ago by Vanesa W.
I just finished reading "Grace and Grit". As the caregiver to my wife who is suffering from kidney disease, I can honestly relate to his message. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Randy Bates
Incredible sharing of true love. Learned going through pains is liberating plus it points to "always already". A must read for soul/spirit seekers.Published 3 months ago by Coralis Salvador
A beautiful love story but so much more than that. This story was about how two amazing people struggled with cancer and came to terms with death and losing a loved one. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sophie
Inspiring book, makes me able to grow out of pains and sufferings, and better understand my father as he supported my mother in so many yearsPublished 9 months ago by lieyeqi
Incredible story. I've never read anything like this before. It is so humane and rich in philosophy as well as just so human. Great humanity at work.Published 11 months ago by Rafael E. Luna
This book defies description, almost. I have never read a book so full of love, grief, and joy. I recommend it to everyone I know whether they are interested in spirituality or... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Pamela Maccabee