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Overview Gathers brief stories dealing with the themes of prayer, religion, grace, love, truth, saints, and spiritual awareness
"Both what you run from -- and what you yearn for -- are within you." --Anthony de Mello, S.J. In the tradition of his bestselling "Song of the Bird," de Mello has written these story meditations as stepping stones toward a spiritual life based on self-knowledge and understanding. This book contains over 250 stories, grouped under the themes of Prayer, Awareness, Religion, Grace, "Saints," Self, Love, and Truth. Although derived from a variety of countries and cultures, these tales share the spiritual heritage and popular humor of the entire human race. As he does so skillfully in his other books, de Mello uses the medium of the story to enable his readers to work through their problems and arrive at essential Truth. With each seemingly simple anecdote comes a lesson powerful enough to break down barriers that limit self-understanding -- which in turn fosters a better understanding of others, in all situations in life. "Even if you read the stories in this book only for the entertainment," he warns, "there is no guarantee that an occasional story will not slip through your defenses and explode when you least expect it to." "Taking Flight" offers a joyful, transcendental experience. De Mello pilots a spiritual journey with the skill of a true master.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.27" Width: 5.59" Height: 0.51" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 1990
ISBN 0385413718 ISBN13 9780385413718
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More About Anthony De Mello
Anthony de Mello, S.J., was the director of the Sadhana Institute of Pastoral Counseling in Pune, India. A member of the Jesuit province of Bombay (Mumbai), he was known throughout the world for his writings and spiritual conferences. Although he died suddenly in 1987, through his many books, including Awareness, Sadhana, and The Song of the Bird, which have been translated into more than thirty- five languages, he leaves a rich legacy of spiritual teaching.
Reviews - What do customers think about Taking Flight?
Spirituality Apr 10, 2007
For those interested in opening their heart, this is a very good book which gets you to look at things with your heart and not your mind. For those just looking for a good and entertaining read, this is also very good.
Food For Thought Feb 20, 2006
Good meditation starter and companion. Much food for thought. A lot like his "Song of the Bird".
Books Can Speak Feb 17, 2004
Following Anthony de Mello's book titled Awareness, I rank this as number two for him. The work being great for those living a life of reflection and contemplation. Before I ever practiced Zen Buddhism, and while I was not Christian either, Anthony de Mello's works were my spirituality. And my were those ever enjoyable and fascinating times. New worlds opened up to my sluggish eyes. De Mello gave me hope, made it appear, "Why yes. Life does have potential you silly ***." This book's in essence a compilation of short to moderately long sections borrowed from various religious traditions and/or philosophical traditions. Following some of these allegories de Mello may add a concise commentary on the piece, at other moments he leaves it up to the reader to truly decipher what had been said.
You are going to love Anthony de Mello. So treat yourself to a great book. Go ahead. Do it. Buy this book.
The Best of de Mello�s Story Collections Jun 3, 2001
Of all the collections of meditation and wisdom stories that de Mello has put together I think that this one is the best (followed closely by Song of the Bird, which is equal in quality but has fewer stories). This book contains over 250 stories arranged by topic: Prayer, Awareness, Religion, Grace, The Saints, The Self, Love and Truth. These are real stories not just the didactic aphorisms and sayings (beginning with "The Master said") that are more typical of de Mello's One Minute Wisdom, One Minute Nonsense and More One Minute Nonsense. And the stories are more to some spiritual point, in my judgment, while the companion book, The Heart of the Enlightened, tends to have many that are merely humorous. So while he has a lot of good sayings and stories, were you to pick just one of those books, for my tastes it would be this one.
Stories that changes your outlook Oct 20, 1998
Original Indian title: "Prayer of the Frog, Volume I" ("Heart of the Enlightened" is volume II)
I'll keep this short. "Taking Flight" and "Heart of the Enlightened" are the best books I've ever read.