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Balancing Heaven and Earth: A Memoir of Visions, Dreams, and Realizations by Robert A. Johnson

Nashville: Abingdon, Bozarth, Alla Renee. Womanpriest: A Personal Odyssey. San Diego: LuraMedia, Breyer, Chloe. New York: Basic Books, Cairns, Scott. New York: Harper SanFrancisco, Caldwell, Gail. A spirited memoir of friendship and loss. Good for studying powerful reflective writing, thematically grouped memories, and the writing of memories entirely from adulthood. Chernin, Kim. Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books, Covington, Dennis. Salvation on Sand Mountain. New York: Penguin, One of my all-time favorite reads.

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Covington covers the trial of a pastor accused of murder in Appalachia and gets sucked into his snake-handling, strychnine-drinking faith. Crane, George. New York: Bantam, A particularly beautiful opening forty-some pages. David-Neel, Alexandra. My Journey to Lhasa. Boston: Beacon Press, Doty, Mark. New York: Harper Perennial, Doty loses his partner to AIDS. His record of love, loss, and grief is eloquent. A good book to read for language and for linking reflection and narration. Doyle, Brian. Dubus, Andre. Duncan, David James.

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A Match to the Heart. New York: Penguin Books, Erdrich, Louise. Erdrich makes beautiful connections between the natural world and the life of her spirit. Foster, Patricia. Gallagher, Winifred. Working on God. New York: Random House, Gaustad, Edwin S , editor. Memoirs of the Spirit. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, Gilbert, Elizabeth.

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Goldberg, Natalie. Long Quiet Highway. New York: Bantam Books, Halpern, Sue. New York: Vintage Books, Hampl, Patricia. Virgin Time. New York: Ballantine Books, Hathaway, Katharine Butler. The Little Locksmith. New York: The Feminist Press, An unfinished narrative by a woman whose childhood was confined to bed.

Sensitive, lovely. Hendra, Tony. Johnson, Mary. Johnson, Robert A. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, Jung, Carl. Memories, Dreams, Reflections. Junod, Tom. Kamenetz, Rodger. Kingston, Maxine Hong. Kurs, Katherine , ed. New York: Shocken Books, Lamott, Anne. Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith. Anchor Books, Master of humor and faithful irreverence. Lamott speaks to a younger generation of seekers. Lee, Li-Young. The Winged Seed: A Remembrance. A difficult but beautiful book.

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Lyrical in style, circular in form. Levine, Stephen. MacDonald, Sarah. Holy Cow. Macy, Joanna. Widening Circles. Canada: New Society Publishers, Mairs, Nancy. Manning, Martha. San Francisco: HarperCollins, Matthiessen, Peter. The Snow Leopard. Many men are wounded fisher kings now. This wound is to be seen on the face of almost any man who passes on the street; the ache of life, the anxiety, dread, loneliness, the corners of the mouth pointing down It is the sense that life has lost its savor, or a fortune that one cannot enjoy, a marriage where there is an unbridgeable gulf between the partners, a fine body that no longer brings the runner's high that used to thrill one, the sound of applause that no longer affirms the performer.

In the myth of the Handless Maiden a miller makes a deal with the devil in order to get more work done quickly and with less effort. The devil demands the miller's daughter as payment. The devil chops off her hands and carries them away. The cry of contemporary women, like that of the handless maiden, is often some variation of "What can I do? As the tales of the handless maiden and the fisher king illustrate, women and men suffer differently and much of the tension and lack of communication between the sexes spring from this difference.

What is wounded in each is the ability to feel-to find joy, worth, and meaning in life. Robert A. Johnson's thoughtful analysis of these two timeless myths elegantly reveals the parallel and divergent ways men and women experience and overcome alienation and recognizes how the story of the king speaks to the masculine side of women, while the tale of the maiden addresses the feminine side of men. Reminding us that "a real myth always provides a healing or cure for the ill that it describes.

In this powerful work, popular Jungian author Robert A. Johnson explores our need to "own our own shadow"-the term Jung used to describe the dark, hidden aspect of the ego or persona. Johnson guides us through an exploration of the shadow: what it is, how it originates, and how it is formed through the process of acculturation, and the havoc that it can wreak if not absorbed. Anything less than this goes into the shadow. But anything better also goes into the shadow!

Some of the pure gold of our personality is relegated to the shadow because it can find no place in that great leveling process that is culture,," writes Johnson. Curiously, people resist the noble aspects of their shadow more strenuously than they hide the dark sides. Johnson sees the "owning" of one's shadow a means by which wholeness is restored to the personality. This is accomplished by coming to terms with the shadow and incorporating it into the conscious self.

In Transformation, Robert Johnson offers a new model to understand the stages of personal growth to achieve maturity and wholeness. Using three quintessential figures from classical literature-Don Quixote, Hamlet, and Faust-he shows us three levels development that are to be completed to experience the self-realized state of completion and harmony. We are all Don Quixote, Hamlet, and Faust at various stages of our lives. They represent levels of consciousness that live inside us, vying for dominance, one winning one moment, another the next. Don Quixote is the innocent child in us all, unaware of life's pain.

Shakespeare's Hamlet represents conscious imperfection, a man divided between the opposing forces within himself and full of despair in the face of the tragic nature of life. This is the state of the modern Western person-aware of one's shortcoming, anxious over what to do, neurotic and incomplete.