Ten days after transpersonal psychologist Wilber married Terry Killam in 1983, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. This harrowing account of her losing battle against disease is unusual in several respects. Killam (who changed her first name to Treya) shared her husband's belief in the "perennial philosophy" of the world's wisdom traditions embracing rebirth, enlightenment and the all-pervasiveness of Spirit. Her condition tested their faith simultaneously. Her lengthy, candid journal entries, interwoven with his narrative, form a tremendously moving love story. Killam, who died in 1989, combined orthodox treatment with such alternative therapies as diet, meditation and psychotherapy. Wilber ( The Spectrum of Consciousness ) disputes the imputed New Age view that mind alone causes all physical illness. He intimately participated in his wife's ordeal, and here presents cancer as a healing crisis, an occasion for self-confrontation and growth.
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"A tremendously moving love story. Wilber presents cancer as a healing crisis, an occasion for self-confrontation and growth."—Publishers Weekly
"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
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 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 months ago by Pamela Maccabee
WOW...*sigh* I could not put this book down.
Ken Wilber is incredible. I actually find it hard to explain how I feel.
This is a true love story. Read more
Had to bypass some of the spiritually "technical" bits, but the book was refreshingly factual, and while obviously emotional and heart rending it remained objective and a... Read morePublished 13 months ago by nicola friesen
I was late to work every day until I finished it. Couldn't put it down.Published 13 months ago by REBECCA ALEXANDER
This book is amazing. Some of it takes time to process and digest but it's so worth it. What an amazing story!Published 13 months ago by Jessica Jenkins