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Every Branch In Me is an anthology of profound, thought-provoking essays that search for the essence and purpose of existence. -- Midwest Book Review

The sovereign purpose of this anthology, as the editor reminds us, is to reawaken a sense of man's sacred vocation. -- Harry Oldmeadow, La Trobe University Bendigo, and author of Traditionalism: Religion in the Light of the Perennial Philosophy

[The] leading perennialist authors direct the reader ... to that 'spiritual anthropology' which is the universal heritage of mankind. -- Whitall N. Perry, author of A Treasury of Traditional Wisdom, and Challenges to a Secular Society

About the Author

Barry McDonald's authoritative voice on the world's religions has been formed by a combination of academic study and first hand contact with various sacred traditions throughout the world. He received his undergraduate education at Goddard College and his graduate degree at Indiana University. The six months that he spent in the Middle East in 1973 began a series of life long contacts with authentic representatives of most of the world's great religions, including travels to the Middle East, Asia, North Africa, Europe and the American West. Thomas Yellowtail, the venerable Crow medicine man and Sun Dance chief, adopted McDonald into the Crow tribe.

He is a published poet and has edited Every Branch in Me: Essays on the Meaning of Man, in the Perennial Philosophy series and is in the process of editing, with Patrick Laude, Music of the Sky: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry, scheduled for publication in the Fall of 2003 in the Treasures of the World's Religions Series. His writing style combines the lyrical beauty of a poet, the penetrating metaphysical understanding of a scholar, and the personal insights of a spiritual seeker.

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  • Series: Library of Perennial Philosophy
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: World Wisdom (September 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941532399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941532396
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Compiled and edited by Barry McDonald, Every Branch In Me: Essays on the Meaning of Man is an anthology of profound, thought-provoking essays that search for the essence and purpose of existence in human life itself. Regarding various religious teachings, modern history, and philosophical dilemmas with evenhanded scrutiny, essays such as "The Role of Culture in Education" and "The Survival of Civilization" stretch the boundaries of commonly held wisdom in search of a deeper unifying truth. Every Branch In Me is an impressive compilation and highly recommended reading for students of religion, philosophy, and metaphysics.
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This book is a collection of articles that have been previously published in other magazines. Ostensibly about the Meaning of Man, it's real thrust is about the need to return to a traditional religious culture. The authors include Prof. Hossein Nasr, Schuon, Burkhardt, Huston Smith, Brian Keeble, Joseph Brown, Grey Henry, Marco Pallis, James Cutsinger, just to name a few. If you are already familiar with these authors and their writings you could probably skip this book.
The articles cover a wide variety of topics from dress, art, holy fools(a good article), modern psychology, Christianity in and its relation to Perennialism, education.
Brian Keeble has a fine piece on 'Work and the Sacred' the same with Thomas Yellowtail's work entitled 'Loss of Our Traditional Values'. Both are short but powerful.
Some of the most poignant for me were written by Grey Henry and Lilian Staveley as both wrote from the heart so to speak. Both pieces are quite moving.
Some are a bit outdated though. For example Titus Burckhardt rails against modern psychology which was defined in his time as Freud and Jung. However truthful neither Freud nor Jung theories mainstream anymore, western psychology has started to realize its limitations and now admits mankind's spiritual aspects with Transpersonal Psychology. Its not perfect but what is in this world?
Though I have some major qualms about of the articles and writers.
One is James Cutsinger's piece, which is a eye glazing head nodding attempt to show that one can be a Christian and still support Perenialism. He does this by invoking the obtuse Trinitarian dogma and using the works of Schuon. Whom is not recognized by any Christian doctor as a authority on Christianity.
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