Spirituality of the Holy Grail, The
This book illumines the innermost beauty and treasure of the reader's heart, soul, and body.
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The Spirituality of the Holy Grail utilizes the mythology of the search for the Holy Grail as an outline for talking about the nature of the human soul, how it functions, how it is wounded, how it can heal. Peter L. Fritsch shows the reader how to recognize evil, and deal with its reality, without succumbing to non-Christian duality, or simplistic black and white thinking.
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Myth is where soul and spirit intersect with intellect. That is why myths are one of the most integrative, healing forces we know anything about, as Peter Fritsch shows in The Spirituality of the Holy Grail. In this insightful book, Fritsch rescues myth from its unfortunate reputation as ‘nothing but fiction.’ He restores to the Grail legend the restorative, guiding function it has served for centuries. Mythless cultures are without direction; they may be dying cultures. That is why The Spirituality of the Holy Grail is an antidote for the deadening effects of a soulless materialism, the greatest threat to our future and our world. ~ Dr. Larry Dossey, MD, Author of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters, and multiple books about prayer and medicine.
This is her recommendation. Peter Fritsch’s book is a treasure. It will appeal to a minister, a therapist, or the average reader interested in growing in Christ. It touches theology, philosophy, and rational thinking. It will enhance your life no matter where you are on life’s journey. It is full of gems you will want to linger over and digest slowly. It flows well with worthwhile examples of rich personal and professional experiences. Fritsch’s writing comes across as humble and knowledgeable at the same time. He forges complex issues into the readable and understandable. Personally Fritsch gave me words to express the growth and pain of others as well as my own. His practical and applicable thoughts at the end were adaptable for any who are open to their own interior growth. The bibliography is worth the price of the book. In the end, Fritsch conveys that there is more than we can ever perceive and in that there is hope. ~ Pamela Walden Taylor , Minister of Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Director at Friedens United Church of Christ, Indianapolis.
Dear Peter I finished your book on Monday and have taken a few days to attempt to digest it. You stated that your target market is for general seekers. I think you have achieved that goal. When I read through the book, it occurred to me that there was really enough subject matter to cover at least three books. Your use of biographical material to weave your story makes this book very enjoyable. Your struggles help to clarify the concepts you are presenting, which will help novices in this journey. The idea of the grail and the feminine in Christianity is compelling. It certainly is an area that has been sorely neglected in our culture and it may be the reason we have strayed so far from a wholesome human community. Capitalism is masculine Socialism is feminine. War is masculine. Peace, feminine. The stories about Jesus and Mary Magdalene are well known, but still rejected by evangelicals. It is almost as for some reason; Jesus would be diminished if he had a wife and child. Yet, in order to have been revered as a rabbi, in his day and age, he would necessarily have needed to be married in order to be respected. We inherited a skewed perception of how we envision Jesus through the ascetics in the early centuries, something which needs to change as we destroy our world where individualism and the resultant sterility have been rampant. Your writing was beautiful and compelling. I completely enjoyed the work. In many ways, it reminded me of some of the later works by C.S. Lewis. Have you read “Till We Have Faces”? Lewis discusses the journey of a queen who is struggling with conceptions of gods, certainly a struggle most of us encounter. Additionally, his treatment of the Fisher King in his space trilogy finale “That Hideous Strength” was one of my first encounters with this concept. ~ Sue Goetz, PhD Ethicist and Clinical Social Worker, retired , Email