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Blessed Relief

What Christians Can Learn from Buddhists about Suffering

Gordon Peerman

6 x 9, 208 pp, Quality Paperback


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A thoughtful, down-to-earth look at helpful ways to lessen human suffering.
This book takes you on a lively, sometimes light-hearted, journey through nine Buddhist practices that can bring “blessed relief” to a wide range of human suffering—and teaches you skills to reduce suffering in the long term for yourself and others.
The practices help you:
  • Loosen the grip of suffering
  • Engage and question limiting views, thoughts and opinions
  • Deconstruct ten common assumptions
  • Be present in each moment
  • Survive emotional storms
  • Develop peaceful communication skills
  • Deepen communication with your partner
  • Appreciate mortality and the preciousness of life
  • Cultivate compassion
As you read the chapters and engage in each practice, you will work with your own stories of suffering—stories in which you have felt abandoned, deprived, subjugated, defective, excluded or vulnerable—and you will learn how to release yourself from suffering by investigating it with curiosity and kindness.
“A spiritual banquet ... to heal our psyches and awaken our hearts. Helps us open to the unconditional love that is intrinsic to both Christianity and Buddhism.”
Tara Brach, clinical psychologist; author, Radical Acceptance
“Assist[s] the reader not only to accept and work through suffering, but also to grow spiritually from the experience…. Worthwhile.”
Congregational Libraries Today
“Both a moving personal story and a source of valuable insight for all those who are wrestling with questions of suffering in their lives. It is a serious book that is also fun to read.”
Phillip Moffitt, founder and president of the Life Balance Institute;
Dancing With Life
“Meets our contemporary struggles with refreshing clarity and power. Peerman’s understated humor in relating ordinary life encounters frequently had me weeping with the laughter of self-recognition.”
Marjorie J. Thompson, author, Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life
“Brings … mindfulness to anger and the option of transforming it into compassion and peace.”
Spirituality & Practice
“Exceptional…. With uncommon vulnerability, engaging humor, and sure-footed counsel, Gordon Peerman invites us to hear and make our own a far vaster story arising from deep sources of wisdom East and West, whose language conveys the liberating spaciousness of being truly awake, aware and alive.”
John S. Mogabgab, editor, Weavings Journal
“A guide to freedom from fear, filled with stories to make us laugh, sigh, cry, and wake up to compassion for ourselves and all the world.”
Margaret McGee, author, Sacred Attention:
A Spiritual Practice for Finding God in the Moment
“Remarkable. A spiritual exploration that unites centuries of Buddhist teachings with Christian wisdom. [The] approach is not only inspired, but also eminently practical … yet profoundly powerful.”
Derek Lin, translator/annotator, Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained
Gordon Peerman is an Episcopal priest and psychotherapist in private practice, and an adjunct faculty member at Vanderbilt Divinity School, where he teaches seminars in Buddhist-Christian Dialogue. He also teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Vanderbilt Center for Integrative Health, as well as mindfulness practices to Vanderbilt Law School and Vanderbilt Medical School students. He and his wife, Kathy Woods, lead a weekly meditation with the Nashville Mindfulness Meditation Group.
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