By Ira Rifkin
75 those that replaced the area is a superb, provocative number of brief biographies of reformers, students, martyrs and mystics – of many religions – who shook up non secular idea and perform within the 20th century. the quick profiles make fascinating examining – and, usually, discovery – and the quotations and bibliographies following each one profile make this a fair extra priceless source. it really is an admiring and instructive survey of influential non secular practitioners and pioneers. a party of the human spirit, excellent for either seekers and believers, the curious and the passionate, thinkers and doers, seventy five those who replaced the area is an authoritative advisor to the main inventive non secular rules and activities of the earlier century – a problem for us at the present time.
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Ill health kept her largely out of school, but by her early teens she was writing poetry that reflected on issues such as death and immortality. Her health continued to deteriorate through two marriages—the first ended after six months with her husband’s death, the second lasted twenty years. A decade into her second marriage, she met Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, a healer who believed sickness was a problem of the mind. Under his care, she recovered some of her strength, and she studied with him for several years.
This classification is obviously inexact. The very nature of innovation seems to defy clear categorization. Moreover, the century’s advances in communications and travel further blurred the lines that divide. How else can you explain the Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhist monk and pop culture phenomenon at the same time? ” If nothing else, the spiritual status quo was unrelentingly challenged during the twentieth century. It is equally appropriate to end the book with a chapter titled “They Spoke from the Power of Silence,” for silence, say the mystics, is at the core of spiritual transformation.
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75 People Who Changed the World by Ira Rifkin