Legacy of the Heart: The Spiritual Advantage of a Painful Childhood

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Simon and Schuster, 1993 - Family & Relationships - 204 pages
In celebration of the tenth anniversary of its publication, a reissue of the bestselling classic that is a "touching and important book with much to teach us about the redemptive aspects of suffering" (Robert Coles, author of The Spiritual Life of Children).

For almost three decades, Wayne Muller has worked with children and adults to heal their sorrow, helping them discover how their pain can become a powerful source of strength and peace. In this inspiring book, Muller reveals the resilience of the human spirit in the face of sorrow and teaches readers how to recognize and transform the damaging effects of their wounds and rediscover their natural vitality, creativity, and joy.

Regardless of the specific nature of their trauma, be it family violence, alcoholism, sexual abuse, illness, or loss, Muller's book has provided countless thousands a path for the awakening of the heart that is psychologically sound and reassuring, yet challenges us at the same time to believe in the possibility of real change. Filled with practical suggestions, this is a book that will bring every reader consolation, comfort, and the courage to seek a more fulfilling way forward.


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This book came at a perfect time in my life when many things were difficult, and I felt many truths of God beautifully explained. I would recommend it to anyone looking to learn more deeply the things ... Read full review


chapter two Fear and Faith
chapter three Performance and Belonging
chapter five Judgment and Mercy
chapter six Grandiosity and Humility
chapter seven Drama and Simplicity
chapter eight Busyness and Stillness
chapter nine Disappointment and Nonattachment
chapter ten Habit and Mindfulness
chapter eleven Isolation and Intimacy
chapter twelve Obligation and Loving Kindness

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Wayne Muller is an ordained minister and therapist and founder of Bread for the Journey, an innovative organization serving families in need. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, he is Senior Scholar at the Fetzer Institute and a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. He also runs the annual Institute for Engaged Spirituality and gives lectures and retreats nationwide. His first book, Legacy of the Heart, was a New York Times bestseller. He lives with his family in northern California.

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