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Soul Provider: Spiritual Steps to Limitless Love [Paperback]

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Pages   287
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.1" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.85"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 14, 2009
Publisher   Image
ISBN  0385515537  
EAN  9780385515535  


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This contemporary look at the seventh-century classic The Ladder of Divine Ascent brilliantly illuminates the enduring relevance of centuries-old spiritual concepts. In The Ladder of Divine Ascent, Saint John Climacus described the thirty steps all seekers must take on the path to spiritual fulfillment. In Soul Provider, Edward L. Beck brings a fresh, modern sensibility to this classic work of Christian literature and its ideas, explaining how they relate to our lives today. Using real-life stories and experiences and incorporating all of the major religious traditions, Beck shows how the thirty steps lead to a deeper understanding of the ideas that guide our journeys, provide for our souls, and draw us closer to God. Beginning each chapter with an illustrative anecdote, Beck explains the significance of each of the steps, discussing its importance in Christian tradition and offering thoughtful, inspiring ways to incorporate it into present-day spiritual journeys. Soul Provider explores the connections between "old" spiritual notions and spirituality as it is practiced and expressed in modern culture. As Beck deftly weaves the past and the present, he reveals the true path to the limitless love we all desire.

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This contemporary look at the seventh-century classic "The Ladder of Divine Ascent "brilliantly illuminates the enduring relevance of centuries-old spiritual concepts.
In "The Ladder of Divine Ascent," Saint John Climacus described the thirty steps all seekers must take on the path to spiritual fulfillment. In "Soul Provider, " Edward L. Beck brings a fresh, modern sensibility to this classic work of Christian literature and its ideas, explaining how they relate to our lives today.
Using real-life stories and experiences and incorporating all of the major religious traditions, Beck shows how the thirty steps lead to a deeper understanding of the ideas that guide our journeys, provide for our souls, and draw us closer to God. Beginning each chapter with an illustrative anecdote, Beck explains the significance of each of the steps, discussing its importance in Christian tradition and offering thoughtful, inspiring ways to incorporate it into present-day spiritual journeys.
"Soul Provider" explores the connections between "old" spiritual notions and spirituality as it is practiced and expressed in modern culture. As Beck deftly weaves the past and the present, he reveals the true path to the limitless love we all desire.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! EDWARD L. BECK, C.P., is a Roman Catholic priest and a member of the Passionist community. A onetime parish priest, director of seminarians, and campus minister, he travels throughout the country preaching and organizing retreats and workshops. He has experience in theater, radio, and television. He lives in New York City.

Edward L. Beck currently resides in New York, in the state of New York. Edward L. Beck was born in 1959.

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Mostly good advice on the spiritual life  Mar 24, 2008
I received Soul Provider: Spiritual Steps to Limitless Love by Fr. Edward Beck and here was another book I was not to enthused to review. When you have a book cover with positive reviews by the Dalai Lama and reviews for his previous books by Anne Lamott, Andrew Greeley, Diane Sawyer, L.A. Times etc. you would certainly have a tendency to judge a book by it's cover reviews. Add to that that the book also quotes from Hindu, Islam, and other sources and throws in global warming a couple of times it would certainly seem that I might rather have my fingernails torn out then to read it.

Maybe since it was Lent I read it anyway and I do try to review books sent to me even though it gives me no pleasure to write a negative review when I have to. To my surprise thought I pretty much did enjoy this book. The book is a chapter by chapter following of The Ladder of Divine Ascent by Saint John Climacus. In the original work there are thirty steps along the spiritual path and the book follows this steps with thirty chapters.

Fr. Beck builds on the steps of St. John Climacus by trying these explain these steps in more modern terms. For the most part he succeeds. He tells a wealth of stories from his own life and dealings with others to help the audience see these steps and why following them are important to the spiritual life. My positive reaction to this book is mainly because I judge that this book was written for a larger audience and not specifically for Catholics. If the book was specifically written for Catholics then it is not very good since it almost totally lacks the framework of the sacraments so necessary to advance in the spiritual life. As I suspect that this is a more generic book on the topic of spirituality mostly rooted in a Christian context I have less problems with it.

As I mentioned there are example used from other religious traditions, but the large majority of references are to scripture. I did not get the feeling of syncretism in the use of these other sources and that what was quoted was applicable to the topic at hand. Fr. Beck is a capable writer and he keeps you interested in the topics at hand and has some good insights along the road. I certainly got the idea that he was firmly in the progressive camp when it comes to the Church, but it was not overt and for the most part did not distract from the steps from The Ladder of Divine Ascent. But mostly I had to remember what the audience was for the book for it not to annoy me at times. For people with very modernist ideas who are starting to take God and the spiritual life seriously there is a lot of good in this books. Fr. Beck has had a wealth of dealings I suspect with this audience and thus he examples will be quite useful for them.

One chapter I found that fell short of the rest of the book was the one on lust. This though was not exactly surprising since it is the telltale sign of the progressive side that when it comes to sexual morality that they just don't fully understand why it is sinful. He wants to take a "fresh look" and asks "would any of us be around without lust?" This question perfectly shows his error of understanding and even thought he quotes the Catechism on lust as a "disordered desire" he doesn't seem to understand that sexual desire within marriage does not have to be disordered. I think it is a rather sad worldview to believe that there has to be lust within the covenant of marriage. As if lust is a necessary evil. There are also a couple of mentions of homosexuality that while not condoning it certainly contain no caveats and in another chapter the "Course of Miracles" is mentioned without providing any caveats of this new age nonsense. I found it rather interesting that in the chapter on lust he was totally able to sink his teeth into denouncing avarice and was able to wax long on this subject.

So while I would not necessarily recommend this for most Catholics since there are much better books available on the spiritual life, I still find it quite useful for a wider audience.
 
Soul Provider nourishes the spirit  Dec 18, 2007
I had the pleasure of hearing Fr. Beck several times when he was a guest priest at St. Thomas More church in Sarasota, Fl. I have also read his earlier books. What I come away with is how genuine and real he is. His stories and his humor bring life to wonderful spiritual wisdom.

Soul Provider is practical and helpful in putting this wisdom to use. I will read this book often and I have given it as gifts because it "says it all".
 
Soul Provider really provides for the soul !  Dec 4, 2007
If you've been searching for a way to deepen your connection with God, and are uncertain about how to begin. Read this book.
In Soul Provider Father Beck takes you step by step in your spiritual journey by exploring the virtues and vices that we can all relate to as human beings. He bases his book on a traditional 30 step work by St. John Climacus which he updates into modern terms that people of all faiths and backgrounds can appreciate.
By sharing his own personal experiences, and the real life stories of the people he's met, Father Beck helps us to see how our relationships with other people, and how we treat them is essentially the path to God's limitless love.
How refreshing in this "me first" society that we live in to read a book that puts God and neighbor first.
I found this book to be quite cathartic, and growth inspiring to find joy in paths that are good for the soul.
I highly recommend Soul Provider to anyone brave enough to challenge themselves to seek true happiness.
 
Another great book by Father Beck  Oct 29, 2007
I purchased "Soul Provider" solely (no pun intended) on the basis of reading Father Beck's two earlier books, God Underneath and Unlikely Ways Home, both which I heartily recommend.

The real life examples he uses to illustrate the 30 steps are sometimes poignant, sometimes downright hilarious, but are always relevant.

Thanks, Father Beck, for yet another wonderful, inspirational book.



 

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