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Holy Personal: Looking for Small Private Places of Worship Hardcover – September 22, 2000

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Chester's decision to build a small chapel on her New England land eventually led her to write this intriguing and beguiling book. Inspired by her decision, she sought out similar private chapels across America. With photographer Donna DeMari, she has captured something of their essence. Here is the little storefront worship space called All Is Welcome Temple in Mississippi, just up the river from the tiny vodun temple of Priestess Miriam in New Orleans. Here, too, are a miniature Scandinavian stavkirke, or "stave church," in Wisconsin; a Guadalupe chapel in New Mexico; a Mother Goddess altar in San Francisco. Each was built to honor the presence of the divine in the midst of life, and each offers its quirky delights, whether because of its mundane constituent materials (e.g., the Chapel Made of Tires), its mode of creation (a Moonlodge was dug by the hands, literally, of women), or its location (e.g., the Garage Chapel). Look out for a surge in chapel building, if this book really takes off. Patricia Monaghan
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"The ultimate effect of a worthy spiritual life would be beautiful lives in a beautiful world. This beautiful book is an excellent start." --from the Foreword byThomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; 15 edition (September 22, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253338042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253338044
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,361,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on January 17, 2001
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PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY says that Holy Personal "is a fascinating, in-depth study of how spirituality can express itself in that most intimate of worlds, the home." John Manikowski for the Berkshire Eagle writes:"beautifully written, lavishly illustrated." In describing Little Rose Chapel he goes on to say-- "Every detail has been carefully planned, created and designed from within a deeply spirited heart, through immense love and with a devotional direction that almost seems fantasy like, but it is real." BOOKLIST says, "Holy Personal honors the presence of the Divine in the midst of life." And Clarissa Pinkola Estes for THE BLOOMSBURY REVIEW writes: "In Holy Personal, two dozen devout souls speak about their handmade sanctuaries, many of which shelter images of Mary and various santos. It is clear water from the artesian well. These site builders symbolize in real time the holiness they feel in their hearts. From a Moonlodge in New Mexico to stupas, from a Sandstone Cathedral to a Garage Chapel, we follow the artistic devotions of those not bound by the doctrinaire, but are instead freshly cut by the thorns of the Mystical Rose, those who can live in the atomic moment of merger with the Divine, who are overflowing with gratitude--this last being one of the holy proofs that Spirit has in fact visited the longing soul. The photographs by Donna DeMari, are worthy of long meditations."
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By Webgecko on February 18, 2011
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The book is excellent, well grounded and very well written. I found it fascinating to peek into so many very private and personal retreat spaces, they were as varied as the reasons people have for creating them. The photographs were sharp and beautiful, and although I expected a sort of tourist book to the spiritual, it was nothing of the sort. A lovely book.
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I bought this book because I thought that this book would surprize me with pictures that facinate me and filled with eye candy and interesting ideas or people. What I found was something less "fantastic" but more personal. The book is written from an aspect from a personal perspective of the authors travels. Written from the authors first person impressions and interviews. When I first got the book I flipped through it and didn't find it exciting, I might have forgotten about the book because of the less then fancy impression but I started reading a few chapters here and there and the Author writes about each picture... what was happening when she took the picture, and what it means to the person who created the place of worship. The book turns out to be very well written, amazing "feel good" impression of looking into a personal view of peoples spirituality.
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By A Customer on December 12, 2000
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This is a carefully researched and beautifully written book with excellent photography. I recommend it for anyone who has an interest in religion and/or spirituality. Is is truly inspiring.
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