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The Great Escape Manual: A Spirituality of Liberation [Paperback]

By Edward M. Hays (Author)
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Pages   351
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.73" Width: 6" Height: 0.89"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2004
Publisher   Forest of Peace Publishing
ISBN  093951656X  
EAN  9780939516568  

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Have you ever wished that an author would write a book especially for you? Well, this is it! It was also written for your family, friends and neighbors - for we're all prisoners of something. The prisons addressed in this book are not those built with tall stone walls and iron bars; they are self-constructed places of incarceration that diminish our freedom. And so, the escape plans presented in this book are intended to help millions of prisoners break through the walls of anger, fear, impatience, prejudice, religion, advancing old age, as well as those shackled by the clock, crowded schedules and their work. In this his twenty-fifth book, Edward Hays has distilled over forty years of experience as a priest and spiritual guide, particularly aided by his recent work as a chaplain at a state penitentiary. In his characteristic creative, eye-opening writing style he weaves in insights from contemporary theology, scripture and psychology. As a result, Hays provides the reader with a daily, workable Spirituality of Liberation based on the lifestyle of Jesus the Liberator who began his liberating mission by announcing his intention " set the prisoners free." This escape manual translates that divine commission into practical ways to be set free from the countless realities of daily life that can hold us captive. In this truly down-to-earth escape manual, each chapter concludes with an Inventory of Escape Tools and Unshackling Reflections. This "how to" section provides practical, doable techniques for getaways from various dangerous emotions, negative attitudes and self-enslaving behavior. After reading this book, you'll return again and again to this Inventory of Escape Tools for practical assistance. Open this book anywhere, to any chapter, and you will find both a challenge and a practical way to daily live in the "glorious freedom of the children of God."

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Presents escape plans that will help you break through the walls of anger, fear, impatience, advancing old age, crowded schedules, and work.

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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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Manual for 'a spirituality of liberation'  Jul 8, 2005
Fr. Edward Hays, a priest and director of a Roman Catholic retreat center, has written a worthwhile and very useful guide to `escaping' from the various self-made `prisons' we twenty-first century humans find ourselves in. He believes that the salvation Jesus brought is aimed not only at getting us into heaven, but also that salvation involves freeing ourselves from the prisons we find ourselves in so that we can be the mature children our father intended us to be.

The book is devoted to a number of what he calls `prisons': shortage of time, anger, prejudice, depression, fear, old-age, and many more, each covered in its own chapter. He analyzes the causes of each prison, with attention paid to the spiritual dimension of each. And then, armed with his analysis of the causes, he goes into how we can go about breaking-freeing of each. The use of the noun `Manual' in the title is apt, as this book gives very concrete advice on how to deal with and when possible escape the various prisons analyzed. Every chapter ends with a number of specific suggestions for techniques things
to try, and things to avoid.

Fr. Hays is very insightful into the human condition, and seems to have a keen knowledge of human psychology, in addition to possessing a great spiritual maturity. His expertise is
in his subject matter, more so than the ability to write. His writing style is a little unusual, in that he uses extremely colorful language and describes things in very colorful metaphors
of his own making, frequently very novel. When they work they add a great deal of color and added depth. When they don't, they `clunk' and are blunt to the point of being shocking.

One of his prisons is `the sacred penitentiary of religion', in which he analyzes some of the ways religion is perverted and turned into a prison for the believer. Unlike another reviewer, our church study-group did not find this book to be at all hostile to biblical Christianity. Hays does however have some very strong (most would call 'liberal')opinions on some controversial issues, and does berate some abusive mis-use of the teachings of Christ by Christians and our churches,

This book is well suited to a church group-study format.
The Great Escape Manual is no escape  May 8, 2004
I found this book to be useless. It randomly rambled about the evils of any belief in truth. The author's bias against Biblical Christianity is so strong that he seems to be on more of a vendetta against real Christians than on a mission to free people. I'm sorry for the miserable life he must have lived to have written something like this. The only good thing I can say about this book is that it burned well in my stove.

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