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Product Details

  • Series: Finding the Sacred in the Commonplace
  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Quest Books; 1st edition (January 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0835606392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0835606394
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
Alice O. Howell has written the type of simple book that holds profound truths. It is personal in the wonderful love story of Alice and her husband Walter and universal in their search for spiritual truth. I always wanted a book like the ones Marmee gave each of the Little Women and this is it. There are excerpts of spiritual passages from all the world's religions and there is the connection of the Earth, its feminine nature and the Divine Spirit. If you are interested in Celtic Christianity, the Hagia Sophia or the esoteric tradition in Western Philosophy I highly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reinhold Beuer-Tajovsky on September 30, 2011
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"The Dove in the Stone" is Alice O. Howell's piece de resistance, her 'Holy Writ' for the New Age. It is Einstein's famous 'E=mc squared' scientific equation translated and made comprehensible for us, the uniniated, non-scientific folk. It brings us back to thinking 'polaristically', which she calls "symbolic thinking." In this book she does not deny 'dualistic' thought that engenders thoughts of unending war and strife, good and bad, the sacred and profane, battles between dark and light, etc. That deep chasm between thoughts of life and death. No, Ms. Howell leads us instead to discover the "Sacred in the Commonplace', the "Hagia Sophia/Holy Wisdom" who, as she explains, the ancients recall: "...at the time of creation, hid herself playfully from God in matter as 'drops of light." 'Light' which science tells us is 'matter-in-motion' and where, polaristicslly speaking, 'matter is Light-at-rest'. "The Dove in the Stone" is a reminder that: "Nous n'avons pas la choix: nous devons nous entrainer dans l'amour, ame veritable de la terre." Or, as Ms. Howell tranlates this thought by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin so beautifully : "We have no choice: we must root ourselves in love, the veritable soul of the earth." "The Dove in the Stone", a truely seminal work for this, our Aquarian New Age.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By baphomette de medici on September 13, 2008
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a unique, conversational mystery play of sorts...but it's autobiographical and universal at the same time. we share in walter and alice's discussions and musings. one of my favorite books. now with fall arriving soon, i am somehow drawn back into reading it again. one of those kinds of books you want to revisit.

it's a mirror.

keep your eyes open...
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. L Wilson on February 4, 2006
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This book made me actually plan a trip, and reserve a hotel, on Iona, but to my everlasting regret, circumstances caused a cancellation of our plans. But like Wiederkehr's "A Tree Full of Angels", there is definitely some over-the-top stuff here, just not Catholic in nature. Very definitely New Age. Howell is a Jungian psychologist, which should tell you much. The lure of this island, though, as Howell describes their stay there, is almost unbearable. Perhaps someday.
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More About the Author

I am now an old lady of 83 and have lived quite an unusual life. From the age of 5 to 25, I never lived in a home but grew up in hotels and boarding schools abroad, never more than 3 mos. in one place. By the time I was 15, I had been in over 30 countries, so the adventures of Teak in my THE BEEJUM BOOK are mostly autobiographical. By contrast, when I came back to the U.S. and married an artist and had 4 children, we never went out to dinner in 19 years! I taught children for 18 years and eventually, thanks to a lifetime of study, I went on to teach at Jung Institutes and to lecture worldwide on the value of seeing astrology as a symbolic language of archetypal processes and the individual chart as a unique description of how a person is likely to process experience and thus a helpful diagnostic tool as well as a guide to spiritual growth. Two of my books THE DOVE IN THE STONE and THE WEB IN THE SEA are devoted to the reemergence of feminine wisdom and are set on the Isle of Iona in the Scottish Hebrides.
The 8 books I offer have all been written since I was 60 years old which should encourage other late-bloomers! My second and beloved husband Walter Andersen gave me a computer and the encouragement! My books are all easy to read, as my mission in life, is to convey serious ideas as simply as possible with humor and delight.I am indebted to the wonderful teachers of all kinds, too numerous to mention here.
I am now a widow and live in an old house in a hamlet of 800 souls in the Berkshires of New England surrounded by beauty. As I had a stroke 8 years ago, I am handicapped and cannot use my right hand, but keep in touch with the world through a Jungian group on the Internet. I am helped by the proximity of one of my daughters and her husband. Am now the proud grandmother of 10 grandchildren and 2 1/2 great-grands. I live with a remarkable pussycat Bunky and am resigned to being eccentric but not yet cackling!


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