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Soul Work: A Daybook of Encouragement and Guidance for the Spiritual Journey Paperback – March 22, 2015
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About the Author
Donald A. Vessey has a Ph.D. in biochemistry. He was a Professor of Biochemistry (Medicine) at the University of California at San Francisco, and a Career Scientist at the V.A. Medical Center in San Francisco. Throughout his more than 40-year research career, he also included the spiritual dimension in his search for understanding. This dual endeavor compelled him to try to reconcile the scientific and the spiritual, and led him to a search for what rang true in the rich and rapidly expanding spiritual literature. The results of his threshing for truth are contained in this book.
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Not here. As other reviewers have noted, Soul Work is extensive and well ordered. I did not expect to encounter Aldous Huxley and Friedrich Nietzsche in the same space as Jesus and the Quran.
I liked that there was no agenda. Soul Work is 500 quotes or passages, many of which will make you pause and reflect, none of which will feel forced. It's rare to find a book like this that's actually nonjudgmental in the ordering and presentation of the quotes.
What is the yardstick for truth in words, though? How do we measure or judge that? Language is not like mathematics, where numbers and symbols can be manipulated to give one correct solution to a problem, with unassailable proof. After all, even Albert Einstein had to admit that “As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.” The human reality is one of uncertainty, of shades of grey, of constant existential questioning. The best answers to these questions, the wisest words, are those that lead us away from the “I” and point towards unity and not separateness, towards the divine in each of us. That is ultimately the yardstick for truth.
As a career scientist, Dr. Vessey has explored the fact-based evidence of biological phenomena, the basis of life. At the same time, he could not ignore the existential questions we all face that lead to exploration of philosophical, religious, and spiritual development. This compact daybook of quotations he has collected over the years contains many true pearls of wisdom—a mountain of them, in fact. Read it carefully, day by day; digest it fully, and then read it again. Keep it close and refer to it often. The truth may set you free.
I received this inspirational book from a friend and immediately fell in love with it. My daily meditations are enhanced with a reading of the quotations. I have tried many books of this genre; the problem has been that they had a narrow focus and the readings became repetitive and stale. This book avoids that problem by drawing from a wide net of diverse sources. The selected quotes are insightful and heartfelt; most speak directly to me. I am appreciative of the references so that I can read more about a particular author who interests me. This book speaks to
I received this illuminating book as a gift and immediately fell in love with it. It answered my need for inspiring quotes to read before my daily meditations. I have tried many books of this genre before; the problem has been that they had a narrow focus and in time became repetitive and stale. This book avoids that problem by drawing on a wide net of diverse sources. The quotations are insightful and heartfelt; many speak directly
I received this jewel of a book as a gift and immediately fell in love with it. It answered my need for inspirational quotations to read before my daily meditations. I have tried many books of this genre before but they had a narrow focus and in time became repetitive and stale. This book avoids that problem by drawing from a wide net of diverse sources. The quotations are insightful and heartfelt; most speak directly to me. I am appreciative of the references so that I can follow up on a particular author that interests me. Soul Work speaks to a lifetime of spiritual searching; I am in awe of the time and work invested to extract exactly the right quotation.
I am so grateful to have received this book; my intention is to give it to friends and family who also can benefit from its wisdom.