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Illuminations: Expressions of the Personal Spiritual Experience Hardcover – October 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 146 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587612771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587612770
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.7 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,138,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Try to love the questions themselves," wrote Rainer Maria Rilke in his oft-quoted Letters to a Young Poet. That's what writer and photographer Tompkins and editor and creative designer McMahon have done in this collection of prose, poems, interviews and artwork from 180 contributors in 42 countries that explore questions that launch and keep people on the spiritual journey. Each piece is prefaced with a description of the spiritual "influences" felt by the author or artist, highlighting the concept that despite differences in particular faith perspectives, the questions we all ask are much the same. Chapters address the need to ask questions, following a particular spiritual path, coping with dark times and the roles of beauty, nature, rites, doctrine, practices and creativity in spiritual quests. The full-color pages and the layout and design are inviting and signal that the book is to dip into rather than read straight through. As with any anthology, the quality of the pieces is uneven, but overall this celebration of curiosity and questioning will appeal to those who are on a spiritual journey and find individual exploration to be more fulfilling than institutional religious experience. (Oct.)
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About the Author

MARK L. TOMPKINS is an award-winning writer and photographer, partner in a real estate development firm specializing in low-income housing, and the author of Remembering to Live. He splits his time between Houston, Texas, and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
JENNIFER McMAHON is an editor and creative designer with a background in marketing and business development. She lives in San Francisco, California.

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Illuminations is a beautiful book, and reading it is a deeply moving experience.
N. Priff
It reads like a daily devotional or coffee table book that you can just pick up at any time, for only a few minutes, and get inspired.
Colin M
The visual art in Illuminations is of a consistently high quality and beautifully complements the written word.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Heinrich on November 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a marvelous collection filled with fresh and original graphics, poetry and prose dealing with struggles and successes along the spiritual path.

Disclosure first, though. I'm one of the contributors with two poems included. I've never been so stunned, however, by a finished product that included my work. The beauty of this book's production, the dozens of fine photos and paintings and the sincere sentiments expressed in the poetry and prose, compelled me to spread the word.

"Illuminations" is a very special book, in which spiritual seekers from around the world portray their struggles, their failures, their discoveries. It is packed with surprises and treasures.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By the ibu on January 9, 2007
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I gave this book to all my good friends for Christmas. Every one of them, and they are an eclectic group, loves it. This is a book to be savoured like a fine wine. Each time you pick it up, you discover something new and wonderful. I find a favorite poem or photograph or essay or quotation every time I look at it. There are so many jewels here, so much accumulated talent. The editiors, Jennifer McMahon and Mark Tompkins, have truly given all of us who are lucky enough to encounter this book a gift to be treasured for many years. If you haven't been lucky enough to have been given this book, buy one for yourself today. You will love it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Business Prof on November 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book. The first time I saw it was late one night, after a long day at work, when I came home and saw the copy my daughter had left on the coffee table. I picked it up for a quick look and two hours later I had to tear myself away from it. It is beautiful to look at, with the photographs and art work, and fascinating to read, with each piece being distinctly different from any other. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves beauty, art, poetry but I also recommend this book to those who love words. As a business professor, books on spirituality are not my "thing", but this book captivated me. Buy it for yourself and then buy it for everyone you love.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Helene Cardona on December 29, 2006
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I was delighted and fortunate to discover "Illuminations" through the publication
of one of my poems. It is a gem of a collection, encompassing all faiths and beliefs,
very spiritual and uplifting, filled with beautiful and inspiring pictures, a work of art
in itself. It is at the same time meditation, essay, poetry, and will even spur
your creativity. I was blessed to be part of it and recommend it as an opportunity
for communion with the self.
Hélène Cardona, author of Dreaming My Animal Selves
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pozueloliz on November 9, 2007
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ILLUMINATIONS is truly a MUST. This book is perfect for those of us who are looking for beauty, understanding, and spiritual richness in life. It is filled with magnificent art work, photographs, drawings and the myriad of various texts just left me astounded. I have given this book to a dozen friends and have received nothing but kudos for doing so! I have referred to ILLUMINATIONS several times during the past year and inevitably receive the inspiration therein.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Michael on December 3, 2006
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This book is a real treasure. It's a wonderful compilation of art and personal stories from people who are looking for greater spiritual meaning in their lives. Rather than preaching, it has people share their experiences from around the globe about their spiritual journey. It reminded me how alike we all are and validated some of my own inner reflections. I highly recommend this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rayn Roberts on November 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Here's a book with a unique perspective on World Religions and Faith Experiences; a book for anyone interested in spirituality or promoting peace through understanding and tolerance.

It was produced to promote interfaith understanding, something we sorely need in our world today. Full of beautiful photos and art work, poetry and interviews from famous and new poets, artists, writers and photographers from around the world, it makes a superb addition to any home library or to grace an elegant coffee table.

I sent five to relatives as holiday gifts and I'm sure they will love the book as I do. What better way to celebrate a Birthday or say Happy Holidays than to give the spirit of compassion, enlightenment and joy without any of the "negative qualities" sometimes associated with religions today!?
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