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The Ladder: Parable-Stories of Ascension and Descension [Paperback]

By Edward M. Hays (Author)
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This latest book by Father Edward Hays contains 135 entirely new, creative short parables and stories that will challenge you to expand your religious horizons. Intended as a companion to your daily prayer book, The Ladder is a travel guide for the sincere spiritual seeker on the journey of transformation. Since prehistoric times, parables have been seen as the best way to communicate spiritual truths. They have been used as ladders that help us ascend to the heavens and descend deeply into the heart of daily life ? to find there the sparkling treasure of the Kingdom. In crafting these parables in the ancient tradition of the Desert Mothers and Fathers, Hays calls the book a "handheld spiritual teacher for anyone eager to become a student of the mystical path." As a bonus, there are 14 parabolic pictograms, original ink art pieces that are parables in picture form. The Ladder makes an ideal Christmas gift book ? especially as it is a fresh resource of brief and easily retold stories that would be useful for preachers and religion teachers.

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Contains 135 new and creative short parables and stories along with fourteen original ink art pieces that are parables in picture form to expand the reader's religious horizons.

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Studio: Forest of Peace Publishing
Pages   207
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.47" Width: 5.05" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   0.58 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2004
Publisher   Forest of Peace Publishing
ISBN  0939516462  
ISBN13  9780939516469  

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More About Edward M. Hays

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Fr. Edward M. Hays is the author of more than thirty books on contemporary spirituality. He was the co-founder and moving spirit of Forest of Peace Publishing and founding director of Shantivanam, a Midwest center for contemplative prayer. He has served as a chaplain of the state penitentiary in Lansing, Kansas, parish priest, and spiritual director. Hays has spent extended periods of pilgrimage in the Near East, the Holy Land, and India and remains a prolific writer and painter.

Edward M. Hays currently resides in Leavenworth, in the state of Kansas.

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A True Gem  Jan 19, 2008
I was introduced to Edward Hays years ago with his book, "Prayers for the Planetary Pilgrim." It has been a constant prayer guide for me over the years. I just bought and read "The Ladder." Through gentle and often humorous parables, he challenges us to view the world through new, more deeply spiritual eyes. Many of the parables are koan-like, designed to put the reader off kilter so that insight may occur. I found the book very easy to read, entertaining, reassuring and thought-provoking. Clearly, Edward Hays has done his own spiritual practice. The depth of his spiritual consciousness comes through in everything that he writes. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to live a life of greater integrity or who wants to become more perfected through union with the divine.
Do you have the will to climb the ladder?  Nov 26, 2000
Ed Hays is swiftly becoming one of my favorite authors and the simple reason why is because he challenges me to think. Hays's method of story telling in this book is through the use of parables as, "Jesus, along with the Desert Mothers and Fathers, Zen masters, mystical rabbis, Sufi teachers and other great spirit-guides, have always pointed us toward the Promised Land of What-can-be." Now I am not trying to call this man a prophet or something greater, but just as these great teachers once did, Hays is doing for today. Providing those who are searching for an understanding or ways to solve the problems in our world today, (which cannot possibly be anything like they faced throughout all of history, ha!)insight into life with all its wonder, joys, and sorrow, that makes it such a great gift to be thankful for. I teach History and I love a good story, but I also teach Theology to seniors in high school and I have found on more than one occasion that reading just one story within this book can challenge my students to look beyond what is just in front of them and find that something which is greater.

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