- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: TarcherPerigee; 1st Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam ed edition (October 9, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1585420670
- ISBN-13: 978-1585420674
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Original Blessing: A Primer in Creation Spirituality Presented in Four Paths, Twenty-Six Themes, and Two Questions Paperback – October 9, 2000
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Matthew Fox is well-known for having revived the tradition of Creation Spirituality and for being a compelling voice for ecological and socially progressive causes. He is the author of 35 books, including Original Blessing, which has sold more than a quarter million copies. He is the recipient of the Courage of Conscience Award given by the Peace Abbey of Sherborn, Massachusetts. Other recipients have included the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Ernesto Cardenal, and Rosa Parks. He lives in California, where he has founded the University of Creation Spirituality, and is codirector of the Naropa Institute in Oakland.
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I also recommend Rob Bell's book, "Love Wins" as an additional resource that will enhance your spiritual seeking.
The Four Paths are:
1) The Via (Path) Postiva (Positive) which is something that we get. Themes 1-10 are found on this path.
2) The Via Negativa (Negativity) which is something we lose, or let go of. Themes 11-14 are found here.
3) The Via Creativa (Creativity) which is celebrating who we really are, the image of the Divine. Themes 15-20.
4) The Via Transformativa (Transformation) which is how we become who we are destined to be. Themes 21-26.
There are three appendixes in the book, the first deals with Question One and the second with Question Two. The third appendix gives a list of books especially recommended to read for this type of spirituality and this book uses that list quite often when referencing.
Each chapter (what this book calls "Themes") starts off with plenty of quotations from different sources, all relevant to the subject of that particular theme. This book has several references and can come off as a bit scholarly, but if one takes his or her time, there is a lot of information strung throughout the book, the reader will surely be quite satisfied with the effort. It isn't difficult reading, but it can come off that way sometimes.
I got this book in excellent condition. It is a paperback with a dark green cover. The book is relatively heavy and fold back on itself, so during reading, I had to hold on to the book. I couldn't just sit the book down on a table and read. I got this book through Amazon Prime which is normally 2 business days, but because there was a weekend and a holiday, it was a couple of days shy of a week when I finally got the book (an oversight on my part).
I was recommended this book by a friend who was into Celtic Spirituality. He told me that this book helped him get started on his path. I am glad that I did get this book, because it has helped me put into perspective of how I can practically put what I learn from the Irish and Scottish monks into everyday use in this day and age. I proudly give it 5 stars and highly recommend it to everyone!
This chapter can help you understand: "The Word was in the beginning, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
And the Word became flesh and lived amoung us...The original "word" used for "The Word" was Debar, which means Creative and dynamic energy. This chapter alone can help Christians understand that Lord Jesus Christ is really the foundational energy of the universe, that is dynamic and creative. This understanding points to the primordial Light of Lord Jesus Christ,(all things were made through him) and goes hand in hand with Fox's understanding of The Cosmic Christ. Also the Word as Creative energy is in accord with the theology of St John, as he sets the readers of the gospel of John up to focus on Jesus as an object of devotion. And as I have found devotion is the doorway into the creative energy of life, the Jesus that is the same yesterday today, and tomarrow. I hope the book helps us you find the way of Jesus to be the eternal light of the universe.