Crafting the Soul: Creating Your Life as a Work of Art

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Jun 1, 1998 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 240 pages
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A profound exploration of what a meaningful life truly is and what we can each do to make our own unique and beautiful

• Offers the ingredients and strategies necessary to turn your life into a work of art

• Takes contemporary culture head-on, demonstrating the challenges of living a spiritual, meaningful life in modern times

• An ideal companion for anyone seeking meaning in their lives and eager to set out to find it

Within each human soul, meaning flickers as a spark waiting to be ignited. Just as a sculptor starts with raw clay and crafts it into a singular work of beauty, so we are each responsible for taking the material of our own life and shaping it into something unique, beautiful, and meaningful. This process, which Sherwin calls soulcrafting, can make the difference between an empty life and one that has all the energy, completeness, and profundity of a work of art.

Crafting the Soul examines what many of the greatest thinkers of the past have had to say about the meaning of life, then takes contemporary culture head-on, demonstrating how many facets of modern life prevent one from ever creating a spiritual, meaningful existence. It then presents all the ingredients necessary to turn your life into a work of art and offers strategies for achieving this. Infused with the deep spirituality of the author's thirty years of philosophical exploration, Crafting the Soul is the ideal companion for anyone curious about the meaning of life and eager to set out on an intellectual and spiritual adventure to find it.
  

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Contents

What Do You Mean?
1
Anchors Away
18
Lost in the World
29
HideandSeek
49
Are You Sick?
70
Truth to Tell
93
Meaning What?
108
Crafting the Soul
127
The Gift of Love
158
Whats Next?
175
Spiritual Rehabilitation
189
Notes
207
Bibliography
221
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Rabbi Byron L. Sherwin, Ph.D., is Vice-President for Academic Affairs at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago. An ordained rabbi and a recipient of the Presidential Medal from the Republic of Poland in 1995, he is the author of many books, including No Religion Is an Island and Sparks Amidst the Ruins: The Spiritual Legacy of Polish Jewry

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