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Re: [Down-to-Earth-Spiritual-Group] New book...

From: user 9.
Sent on: Thursday, May 20, 2010 8:55 PM
I would like to hear the group's thinking on Thomas Merton.  Anyone read or studied him?
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Sent: Thursday, May 20,[masked]:27 PM
Subject: [Down-to-Earth-Spiritual-Group] New book...

Hi, Folks!
Michael McIntosh, here... from the Springboro group.
I've been reading Bishop Carlton Pearson's new book, "God is not a Christian, nor a Jew, Muslim, Hindu...". For those of you who have come out of the more traditional, especially the hyper-conservative Christian camp, this book is a great read. Bishop Pearson was one of Oral Roberts' proteges, and he abandoned the wealth and power of his position with that ministry when his own growth process led him to re-evaluate everything he believed and taught.
I grew up with a missionary living next door to me in a suburb of Dayton. Something seeped into me in those early days, I guess, because I've always had a soft spot for Christian scripture. There is just something in there that touches me deeply. There are parts of this book that move me in the same way. Maybe it's just the joy of hearing about a man so deep in the dogmatic, controlling structure of the religion of his birth finding freedom by simply listening to his heart when it blew the whistle on the whole charade. It takes courage to listen and let go. He did. This is his testament. It is very much in harmony with much that we discuss in this group each week. It is amazing how far this man has come.
Next time you're at a bookstore, take a peek. You may find it to be your next favorite book.

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