With a remarkable range of cultural understanding and spiritual insight—from Salman Rushdie to soccer to sauerkraut—uncovers the mystical meaning of our everyday lives, through 26 chapters, A–Z, on such topics as awe, bodies, creativity and dreams.
6 x 9, 250 pp | 978-1-893361-80-5
Paradise is not some far-off distant time or place, nor is it beyond death. It is here and now, according to Howard Cooper—one of the most eloquent new voices in spirituality.
The Alphabet of Paradise contains twenty-six chapters, A-Z, on such topics as:
Awe • Bodies • Creativity • Dreams • Emotions • Food • Humor • Illness • Justice • Kabbalah • Love • Money
Throughout each, Cooper uses the ancient Jewish mystical interpretive technique of PaRDeS, examining:
• The Plain or literal meaning of the subject • Reminders, hints, or allusions that the subject evokes • Deeper spiritual meanings • And the Secret or mystical meanings that are sometimes present
Demonstrating a remarkable range of cultural understanding and spiritual insight—from Salman Rushdie to soccer to sauerkraut—The Alphabet of Paradise uncovers the mystical meaning of our everyday lives.
Praise for Howard Cooper’s work
"This is an extraordinary book. Without resorting to conventional piety, dogmas or religious language, Howard Cooper has managed to write a spirituality for everyday life that resonates with the most profound mystical teachings of the major traditions."
—Karen Armstrong, author of Islam: A Short History and other books.
"An innovative look at contemporary culture, from dreams and food to sex and work. A new, fresh voice in the landscape of spirituality books."
—Lawrence Kushner, author of Jewish Spirituality: A Brief Introduction for Christians and other books
Zeno's Paradox 198
Sources, References and Endnotes 206