When it comes to death, is there ever a best case scenario? In this disarmingly witty book, Julian Barnes confronts our unending obsession with the end. He reflects on what it means to miss God, whether death can be good for our careers and why we eventually turn into our parents. Barnes is the perfect guide to the weirdness of the only thing that binds us all.
Selected from the book Nothing to be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes
VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS.
A series of short books by the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human
Also in the Vintage Minis series: Calm by Tim Parks Drinking by John Cheever Babies by Anne Enright Psychedelics by Aldous Huxley
'An imaginative tour de force ... She really is a genius' Guardian
'A delight' New Statesman
FROM THE MAN BOOKER-SHORTLISTED AUTHOR NICOLA BARKER
To the world he is Sri Ramakrishna - godly avatar, esteemed spiritual master, beloved guru. To temple owner, Rani Rashmoni, he is the Brahmin fated to defy tradition. But to Hriday, his nephew and long-time caretaker, he is just Uncle - maddening, bewildering Uncle, prone to entering trances at the most inconvenient of times, known to perform dangerous acts of self-effacement, who must be vigilantly safeguarded not only against jealous enemies but also against that most treasured yet insidious of sulphur-rich vegetables: the cauliflower.
A brilliant, emotionally wrenching new novel from the author of Atonement and Amsterdam.
Fiona Maye, a leading High Court judge, renowned for her fierce intelligence and sensitivity is called on to try an urgent case. For religious reasons, a seventeen-year-old boy is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life. Time is running out.
She visits the boy in hospital – an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. But it is Fiona who must ultimately decide whether he lives or dies and her judgement will have momentous consequences for them both.
'An amazing book, one that every man needs in his life.'Jason Fox, SAS: Who Dares Wins
Become a stronger version of the man you already are with the life-changing potential of journaling. Using a powerful writing programme made up of three core stages and thirty writing exercises, this book is like a work out for your mind. Once you get started you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.
Join a legion of men now journaling and be part of the MindJournal movement.
Letter to a Priest encapsulates the sharp wit and questioning nature of Simone Weil. Regarded by Susan Sontag as 'one of the most uncompromising and troubling witnesses to the modern travail of the spirit', Weil grips the moral imagination as few others before or since. She was only thirty four when she died in 1943, yet despite her short life she left behind an incredible body of literature. Letter to a Priest, addressed to Father Joseph-Marie Perrin, a Catholic priest who Weil met in Marseilles, is one of her most powerful pieces. Written at a time when those who knew her considered her to be 'like a soul in torment whose thinking had all the signs of a deep inner conflict', it contains thirty five powerful expressions of opinion on matters concerning Catholic faith, dogma and institutions. Vehement and controversial, yet eloquent and moving, it is essential reading for anyone who has questions about faith and belief.
Master the art of living from one of the world’s most revered spiritual leaders.
Thich Nhat Hanh, the world’s most renowned Zen master, turns his mindful attention to the most important subject of all – the art of living.
The bestselling author of The Miracle of Mindfulness presents, for the first time, seven transformative meditations that open up new perspectives on our lives, our relationships and our interconnectedness with the world around us. He reveals an art of living in mindfulness that helps us answer life's deepest questions, experience the happiness and freedom we desire and face ageing and dying with curiosity and joy instead of fear.
Stimulating and inspiring, this book teaches us the importance of looking inside ourselves and developing compassion, before we can turn to our relationships at home and in the wider world. Full of remarkable stories from Thich Nhat Hanh’s own experiences and mindful practices for engaging with life, this will be a book that will help us generate happiness, understanding and love so we can live deeply in each moment of our life, right where we are.
‘Jack Kornfield is a wonderful storyteller and a great teacher’ Thich Nhat Hanh
Bestselling author of A Path With Heart, Jack Kornfield invites you into a new awareness: how you can free yourself, whoever you are and whatever your circumstances.
Renowned for his mindfulness practices and meditations, Jack provides the keys for opening gateways to immediate shifts in perspective and clarity of vision, allowing yourself to change course, take action or to simply relax.
Presenting different paths to different kinds of freedom – freedom from fear, freedom to start over again, to love, to be yourself and to be happy – he guides you into an active process that engages your mind, heart and spirit, and brings real joy, over and over again.
Drawing from his own life, he presents a stirring call to be here, in the power of the now, the present, to work through life’s biggest challenges.
'I couldn't give this book a higher recommendation' BILLY CONNOLLY
Written by the Buddhist meditation master and popular international speaker Sogyal Rinpoche, this highly acclaimed book clarifies the majestic vision of life and death that underlies the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It includes not only a lucid, inspiring and complete introduction to the practice of meditation, but also advice on how to care for the dying with love and compassion, and how to bring them help of a spiritual kind. But there is much more besides in this classic work, which was written to inspire all who read it to begin the journey to enlightenment and so become 'servants of peace'.
A history of the role that the occult has played in the formation of modern science and medicine, The Rosicrucian Enlightenment has had a tremendous impact on our understanding of the western esoteric tradition. Beautifully illustrated, it remains one of those rare works of scholarship which the general reader simply cannot afford to ignore.
The debate about Christianity and other religions has stalled. The book aims to overcome this by enabling both theologians and pastoral workers to work out where they stand with regard not just to other faith traditions but to a variety of issues that arise for religious faith of any kind in a secular pluralist world. Introduction; 1 The Mission of Dialogue; 2 The Moral Heart of Vatican II; 3 Unity of Word and Spirit; 4 Keeping Faith in a post-Shoah World; 5 'A Reminder of God' - a Summons to Speak; 6 Reading the Mystery; 7 Learning New Vocabularies
This collection provides a guide to the mystical element of Christianity as a theological phenomenon. Part I offers a historical overview. Part II considers sources and practices of mystical theology. Part III examines conceptualities of mystical thought. Part IV explores contributions of mystical teaching to theology and metaphysics. List of Contributors; Mark A. McIntosh and Edward Howells: Introduction; Part I: Understanding Mystical Theology; 1 Rowan Williams: Mystical Theology and Christian Self-Understanding; 2 Mark A. McIntosh: Mystical Theology at the Heart of Theology; 3 Edward Howells: Mystical Theology and Human Experience; 4 Bernard McGinn: The Genealogy of Mystical Traditions; 5 Maria Clara Lucchetti Bingemer: Mystical Theology in Contemporary Perspective; Part II: Sources, Contexts, and Practices; 6 Kevin L. Hughes: Living the Word; 7 Andrew Louth: The Liturgical Mystery; 8 Joanne Maguire: Mystics as Teachers; 9 Luke Dysinger, OSB: The Ascetic Life; 10 Peter Tyler: Prayer; 11 Patricia Zimmerman Beckman: Lives and Visions; 12 Rob Faesen, SJ: Mystical Texts; 13 Alexander J. B. Hampton: Mystical Poetics; Part III: Key Patterns of Mystical Thought; 14 John Arblaster: The Image and Likeness of God; 15 Boyd Taylor Coolman: Spiritual Itineraries; 16 Charlotte Radler: Depth, Ground, Abyss; 17 Louise Nelstrop: Erotic and Nuptial Imagery; 18 David Albertson: Cataphasis, Visualization, and Mystical Space; 19 Cyril O'Regan: Theological Epistemology and Apophasis; 20 Rik van Nieuwenhove: Trinitarian Indwelling; 21 Bernard McGinn: Mystical Union; Part IV: Mysticism and Theology; 22 David Tracy: Metaphysics, Theology, and the Mystical; 23 Jean-Luc Marion: The Mystical -- or What Theology Can Show; 24 Rik Van Nieuwenhove and William Crozier: The Trinity; 25 Amy Hollywood and Rachel Smith: Christology; 26 Brandon Gallaher: Pneumatology; 27 Douglas E. Christie: Creation and Revelation; 28 Philip Sheldrake: Anthropology; 29 Aristotle Papanikolaou: Theosis; 30 Gemma Simmonds: Ecclesiology; 31 Ann W. Astell: Social Life; 32 Michael Barnes, SJ: Interreligious Dialogue; 33 Hugh Feiss, OSB: Eschatology