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The Hour of the Tiger: Facing Our Fears is about the present moment - every moment. It is about facing life and death, fear and love, about facing all the hard issues of life and all the mysterious deep places of living. Megan McKenna has embraced the image of the tiger and chosen it to represent those who face fears head on, or to highlight those who turn with the pack and run. The mysterious tiger pushes us to confront the limits of our existence; the threatened extinction of the tiger tells us that we must move to the margins, walk along the edge and approach the gates of mystery so that we can live fully human lives. Through stories, anecdotes and scriptural passages, the author encourages us to 'be not afraid', to take courage and grace in the living of life to its fullest, to lessen the encroachment of fear by knowing and recognizing the possibilities and experiences yet to be embraced.
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Studio: Veritas Publications
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.1" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2008
Publisher Veritas Publications
ISBN 1847300790 ISBN13 9781847300799
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More About Megan McKenna
MEGAN McKENNA is an internationally known author, lecturer, retreat leader, and spiritual director. She received her doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and has taught in Dublin, Ireland, Chicago, San Francisco, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she currently lives. She is the author of more than fifteen books, including Send My Roots Rain and The New Stations of the Cross, both published by Doubleday.
Megan McKenna currently resides in Albuquerque Alburquerque Albur, in the state of New Mexico.
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Confronting the hard issues of life Apr 20, 2009
McKenna opens her latest book with an explanation of the title, emphasizing that it is more about "facing" than about fears or tigers, though the tiger metaphor is carried throughout. The introduction is filled with images of tigers in poetry, legend, and folk tale. Across the world tigers are portrayed as masterful, powerful, strong, and vicious, and also as defenders of the weak and poor and companions to children. In The Hour of the Tiger, McKenna uses the mystery of tigers as a parallel to "all the mysterious deep places of living" and all the hard issues of life humans are called to confront. The tiger's facing extinction, she writes, tells us that we must "move to the margins and approach the gates of mystery so that we can live fully human lives."
The phrase "hour of the tiger" is explored in the first chapter, which includes a three-page Japanese wisdom parable centered on a young monk and his fear of failure. McKenna connects the story to a reality for all humans: the hour around four in the morning when we awake to "a sense of distress, of vague uneasiness, dis-ease or outright fear, loneliness and dread. It is the hour of the tiger--the time to face our fears." She offers an extensive list of fears shared by all humans ranging from fear of death through fear of life itself. Most of them, McKenna states, are not based in reality, but are "heightened and intensified when they are manipulated and used by others for control that is fabricated into hatred and expressed in action." Alone and with one another we can find courage to face these fears with the help of Scripture, where so many stories begin with "Do not be afraid."
The remaining chapters address specific fears: facing death; fear of violence, terrorism and war; suffering, pain and disease; fear of isolation, loneliness and despair; money, possessions, insecurity; fear of the other--the stranger; fear of the earth, the weather and the universe; and fear of God and of mystery. Each chapter ends with suggested practices such as listing our fears, taking an inventory of our excess, and joining an organization like Pax Christi.