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Images Of Hope: Imagination as Healer of the Hopeless Paperback – September 30, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-0268005375 ISBN-10: 0268005370 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press; 1 edition (September 30, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0268005370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0268005375
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #737,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
I loved this book every moment I was reading it, and it lifts my heart to open it at random and reread passages I highlighted. Lynch says he bases the book on two assumptions. First, he believes whatever is ill with the mentally ill is human. Second, he says that the well can put off the impossible burden of trying to be as well as they think they must be, and can enjoy the privilege of getting tired and being a little mad! He focuses on three major aspects of hope: imagination, mutuality and wishing. He says hopelessness usually involves some constriction of the imagination. Without imagination to picture ways out of difficulties, we lose energy and become too apathetic to wish for anything. On the other hand, Lynch believes our society places all the burden for having and using imagination on the individual. "Half of hope," he says, "is help." On some of the most exciting pages of this book, Lynch describes the theological significance of our being able to wish. If what we want is not sinful or outside the realm of reality, Lynch believes God wants to communicate autonomy to us. Not understanding this can paralyze us. In the world of the mental patient, Lynch has seen a person agonize over making the "right" decision between a cup of coffee or a cup of tea. He shares the metaphor of a child who makes a toy that can operate on its own and shouts, "Look at it go!" He believes that God similarly exults in giving us the ability to make wishes and that "every wish, no matter how small, is a truly creative act." This book encourages the full use of our God-given powers of creative imagination to help both ourselves and each other.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michael Rock on August 23, 2001
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I read this book when it first came out in the 1960s. It became my favourite then, and it still is. I reread this book almost every year. When I call it a "living" classic, I mean precisely that: it is the fuel for living because it provides the mental scope, architecture and thinking processes to live a full and healthy life. The book has been an anchor for me for over 30 years precisely because it positions the role of imagination in such a clear fashion as the instrument of living. Imagination is not only healer of the hopeless, it is the healer of the process of living. I cannot thank the author enough for his contribution.
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By Ken Novak on May 6, 2013
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The product is in great shape as advertised. The binding is tight, the pages are sharply squared. The dust cover is secure. Quite happy with the product.
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By Ben F on August 14, 2014
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Very insightful and well written!
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