Focuses on the inspiring themes of devotion and selfless action; serenity and the mind; mysticism and the individual's search for answers; and the direct path to the Divine.
5½ x 8½, 192 pp | 10 b/w photos & illus. | 978-1-59473-138-9
Four spiritual guides, four classic texts—timeless wisdom for our complicated world introduced by one of today's great teachers of spirituality.
Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, Ramakrishna: four of the world's most interesting and challenging spiritual masters. The core of their most important teachings—along with annotations from expert scholars and introductions from Andrew Harvey, one of the great spiritual thinkers of our time—now are all in one beautiful volume.
A Walk with Four Spiritual Guides contains selections from four classic texts: Bhagavad Gita (Krishna) Dhammapada (Buddha) The Gospel of Thomas (Jesus) Selections from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (Ramakrishna)
The selections focus on the inspiring themes of devotion and selfless action; serenity and the mind; mysticism and the individual's search for answers; and the direct path to the Divine. Andrew Harvey's warm and personal introduction to each guide offers his own experiences of learning from their wisdom.
“I am very grateful for Andrew Harvey and the way he so generously, and naturally, takes us on his pilgrimage to full awareness. This book is full of his longing. Andrew is a brilliant guide to these texts, of course, but not just that. He has great clarity about this desperate and glorious time we’re in (‘the hour of God’), so that this book, so nourishing for the inner life, also has a practical grasp on the urgent necessity of transformation.”
—Coleman Barks, translator and poet, Rumi: The Book of Love
“This is a luminous, uplifting look at the shared wisdom and harmony inherent in different spiritual traditions. To read A Walk with Four Spiritual Guides is to experience kinship with all peoples everywhere. At a moment in history when religious tensions are at a fever pitch, this realization is more important than ever before.”
—Larry Dossey, MD, author of Healing Beyond the Body, Reinventing Medicine, and Healing Words
“A stunning, accessible book that opens the door to four rich world traditions through four inspiring guides. Each had the courage to see clearly who they were and the times in which they lived. Their response to the call of the Divine is unique yet universal and will strike a chord in our hungry minds and our seeking hearts.”
—Lauren Artress, author of Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool, and Canon for Special Ministries at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco