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Voices of the Living Grail (A 13th Century Historical Novel) Paperback – September 29, 2004


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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse; First Edition edition (September 29, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1418488283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1418488284
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,380,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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WB DeLong is a student of human consciousness and spiritual paths. He was a San Francisco neurosurgeon for over thirty years, and now lives in North Central Idaho with his wife and their four dogs. ----

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Set in a 13th century European kingdom ruled by Grail descendents, including an heir of Jesus Christ, Voices of the Living Grail is a dramatic novel that begins with the discovery of a moldering codex and follows the life and trials of Parsus, a troubadour whose ties lie not only to his art of music but also to an ancient religious line. His survival is threatened by the dark reaches of a Cardinal determined to use the ruthlessness of the Inquisition to "save the souls of the heretics from Satan's fires" and quell destabilizing rumors about a holy family as revealed in ancient manuscripts. Ultimately a parable about the violence, greed and fanaticism that prevent humanity for advancing in its spiritual goals, Voices of the Living Grail is a suspenseful, engaging, and vividly told novel that embraces the virtues of true spirituality even as it ponders higher mysteries, as well as the crueler mortal mysteries concerning man's inhumanity to man in the name of God.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Halligan on October 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
DeLong tells a great story, while occasionally planting a zinger of an idea. The novel, set centuries ago, is surprisingly relevant to our own times and concerns. Living in a time of clashing paradigms, a band of friends, each personally touched in some way by an itinerant mystic, Saramontus, hold out against the power and values of the Inquisition. The action is fast paced, and so are the ideas. DeLong clearly has something to say about our human condition and the possibilities of expanded consciousness.

Be sure to check out the back of the book -- the glossary, notes and references. I found them fascinating, especially the information on Mary Magdalene.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Dr. Arlene J. Colver on March 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
Voices of the Living Grail

WB DeLong

This exceptionally well-researched novel is filled with as much fictional excitement as it is historical mystery. Mr. Delong's style immediately put me in mind of Robert Louis Stevenson! Pushing the envelope the author handles sex, violence and intrigue during the time of the Inquisition without a glove while allowing magic, myth and metaphor to bring light into the darkness of the Church's past. Opening the reader's mind to new thoughts regarding spirituality and the paths we all walk, DeLong's characters strive to protect the Grail descendants from the Roman Church under the guidance of the ageless teacher Saramontus. I was particularly taken with the diversity of religions mentioned and explained as well as the mystical bent to the teacher's instruction. The heroes, Parsus and a band of troubadours, call on god and goddess as well as strength and courage to assist in their mission. Through the heroine, Princess Alphania, and the women healers the author highlights the Divine Feminine giving voice to their call for her return. All in all this is a book you may want to read twice! Don't neglect those pages in the back filled with information on Mary Magdalene, the Holy Grail and the Merovingians.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Mcelhatton on November 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
WONDERFUL STORY!!!! Although this exciting tale is a work of fiction with wonderfully developed characters that you follow intensely, WB Delong has managed to infuse a wealth of religious theories to explore. He clearly has a lifetime of spiritual and religious reading that he has researched. His examination of these themes are suffused into his writings with references to back it up for further exploration yourself. Where "The DaVinci Code" was a primer, this book goes into further detail about the various religions leading to the convergent paths of enlightenment and how the Church has manipulated political policies to further expand it's own power. This is particularly relevant considering the current political climate of haziness in the separation of church and state. READ THIS BOOK- it will explain various religious paths of thought and will make you reflect on and examine your own spiritual quest to develop your own belief system. HAVE SOME GREAT READING!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn J. Root on August 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
WB DeLong's VOICES OF THE LIVING GRAIL is one of the most exciting books I've read in recent years! The story itself about "a special class of troubadours called joculators" which takes place in Europe during the 13th century is an exciting tale. However the spritual theme is the element that really intrigued me. It strongly mirrors my personal quest for spirituality and "the meaning of life." I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an open mind and is searching for connectedness to all creation. It leaves the reader with deep peace and a real sense of wonder.
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