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Human Matters: Wise and Witty Counsel on Relationship, Parenting, Grief and Doing the Right Thing [Paperback]

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In his newspaper column, Human Matters, Steven Kalas answers readers' questions and adds his musings about life, love, family, ethics, sex, culture, art, philosophy, religion, celebration and suffering -- from the most noble aspects of the human experience to its deepest, darkest secrets.

He allows us to look through his unique and quirky lenses to see his view of the world.

Reading Human Matters is like talking with a therapist, writer, philosopher, father, former priest, performing singer/songwriter, and an amateur stand-up comic. Kalas is all of those things. Infusing his writings on everything from sexuality to hockey violence, are the repeating themes of personal integrity, responsibility, loyalty, spiritual enlightenment, and just being the best you that you can be.

Being human demands of us, that we act like human beings, and not lesser creatures. Or as Kalas wrote in a recent column, "I can't prove that being human matters. But I've decided to live as if it does."

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Pages   215
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 2008
Publisher   Stephens Press
ISBN  1932173579  
ISBN13  9781932173574  

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Be the best that you can be  Mar 31, 2008
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (4/08)

"Human Matters" is a newspaper column that the author Steven Kalas writes in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "Human Matters" contains a collection of his articles that have already been published. He covers a multitude of topics ranging from relationships, to authenticity, to grief, to spiritual matters. In his book, Kalas states that he provides "people a context of meaning, safety, and encouragement in which to confront themselves, learn, suffer, celebrate, grow." Through his writings he teaches us about human wholeness and authenticity.

In addition to being a therapist, he is a divorced parent and he was once an Episcopal priest. He has had quite a variety of life experiences that have provided him with some interesting, thought-provoking insights into our human condition. In his writings, not only does he relate experiences of others, but he also uses a great deal of self-disclosure. By incorporating self-disclosure into his discussions, he teaches us that it is okay to look into our own lives and reflect on what we are experiencing.

While reading "Human Matters" I discovered some important insight into an issue that has been troubling me for over a year. I find myself having difficulty forgiving two people who have betrayed me and treated me without respect. I distanced myself from these two people without directly confronting them. In spite of this, I frequently get hit with waves of anger. While I was reading this book, I came to the realization that the core of my anger is not directed at these two people, but more so at myself for allowing them to get in close enough and repeatedly hurt me. I discovered that I hurt myself by continuing to allow these people to mistreat me. So the real anger I need to let go of is directed at my self. I think that I will heal faster now that I have discovered what is really happening within me.

"Human Matters" is a book that we all need to read. So many issues are covered, if one doesn't directly involve us, it will still give us insight into someone that we know. I think that it is best read slowly, section by section, so that when we finish one part, we take some time for self-reflection. This would be an excellent choice for a reader's group. Every person reading it will be able to relate to some part of it, and it will definitely inspire some interesting discussions.


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