Twelve Stones: Notes on a Miraculous Journey- A Memoir

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Gospel Light Publications, Feb 16, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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Twelve Stones is the story of Barbara Ilaynia, a secular Jew who worships Art and Romance, who tries to unravel the meaning of existence and make every moment a masterpiece. She lives and loves with passion, though not always with wisdom, in Parisian garrets and in Moroccan villages, in the light of Southern France and in sunny California. While embracing the drama of life and inhaling the fragrance of flowers along her path, her search is sometimes misguided by intensity and misled by intellectualism. At the zenith of her quest, Barbara discovers something even more meaningful than truth: She encounters the Source of love. Her life changing confrontation with God transforms a strong willed, sensual, tough minded individualist . . . and then her real journey begins. This book is Barbara’s altar of remembrance, built from the stones she has pocketed along her winding path. She builds this altar to honor the God of miracles.

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A personal story

User Review  - Irene -

The book is the personal story of the author, Barbara Carole. She writes in detail about her journey in life so far. Filled with interesting personal relationships and extremely difficult times, her ... Read full review

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I found this book to be very intense - her experiences and the way she writes about them, made it hard to put the book down.Barbara shares openly and honestly about her heartache along the path she ... Read full review

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Stranger on the Earth
One Flesh
Departed Full and Brought Back Empty
Streams in the Wasteland
Land of Vines and Fig Trees
The Woman at the Well
Road to Damascus
In My Fathers House
Manna for a Tentmaker
Members of the Body
If We Forgive
Kinsman Redeemer
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BARBARA CAROLE a former Fulbright scholar and graduate of the University of Wisconsin with B.A. and M.A. degrees, lived in Paris for several years as a translator and editor at the Paris Review, before returning to the USA to teach French and French literature at the UCLA. Three years later she became a writer and researcher for the undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau. She has worked in advertising and marketing as a writer. Her writing has also appeared in The Paris Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Issaquah Press, The French Review, FM Magazine and elsewhere. Barbara lives near her children and grandchildren with her husband and pets on a forested mountain near Seattle.

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