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The Way of the Wound: A Spirituality of Trauma and Transformation Paperback – January 1, 1996


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Robert Grant (1996)
  • ASIN: B005Z5EHCW
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 2.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,432,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Raoul Adam on July 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
Robert Grant's 'Way of the Wound' will resonate with anyone who has spent a little or a lot of time in dark places. It's rare to find a treatment of suffering and the experience of 'evil' that is so brutally honest, free of quick-fix vitriol, and devoid of simplistic dualising and moralising. 'Way of Wound' explores how the examined life can be lived honestly between meaning and meaningless, purpose and purposelessness, life and death. Grant's encouragement to victims of trauma and those who support them, is to stand a while in the valley of the shadow of death, in order to know and encounter life more fully and deeply. Each chapter is powerfully illustrated with real life-examples of trauma and its aftermath.

It is difficult, if not impossible, to find a language to explore suffering that will not alienate one audience or another. No doubt, some readers will find the presence and/or ambiguity of Grant's god-concepts and spirituality a little disconcerting, but if any book on the meaning and meaninglessness of suffering is able to be appreciated by theists and non-theists alike, this is it.

A few minor typographical errors intrude here and there, but for its sheer, depth, wisdom, and honesty, 'Way of the Wound' is one of the most important books I've ever read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rosie2U on January 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
I took a bit of a gamble in buying this as I could not find as much as I'd like to assure me this was going to be a good book. And I had to pay a heap for it. Was I becoming a compulsive, out of control bookbuyer? Anyway, the reviews that were here swung me to buy mode, that & my needing to learn something else & good on the subject of tramatisation and recovery from it. I am now glad I bought it.

The author knows an awful lot and in a very broad way. And he has processed this knowledge very well. In addition, he has the gift of being able to convey the products of this journey in this book. I can speak only for myself on this, but as a very seasoned traveller through much myself, including personal & professional (as the professional) territory, I am grateful to this writer for his articulation & broad coverage of great wisdom.

It is not a typical, simplified self help book. But it could be a great self help book to the reader who is ready for it.It could act as a portal into greater wisdon for those willing to follow the clues. It is also great for a helping professional, in both his or her private & professional domains.

I'd go so far as to call this book a treasure trove. I will be delving into & pondering these treasures again & again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dave Lockridge on September 7, 2010
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Insightful and a great benefit to anyone wrestling with adversity. I found it a bit too mystical for my taste, but overlooking that, the book will remind you that there are no easy answers to life. I gives hope without being too sappy.
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I am still reading this book.
It is insightful and educational. Dr. Grant speaks from his experience and spiritual strength as well as frustration with the systems (eg.political,educational,religion parental etc.)
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