Novelist Tom Perrotta sat down with George Stroumboulos to discuss his book The Leftovers, which was adapted into an HBO television series and will air on June 29. Perrotta begins by saying even though the idea of people vanishing into thin air might sound suspiciously like the Christian idea of the Rapture, he insists that there’s no religious framework in the novel and his characters struggle with whether or not the disappearance is a mundane or spiritual event. Even though he’s not religious, Perrotta says the idea of the Rapture and other apocalyptic thinking fascinates him because those events are meant to “clarify things” and is a symbol of the “ultimate justice” in the world where the “good” are rewarded and the “bad” are punished severely for their crimes.
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Like Dan Brown’s hit thriller The Da Vinci Code, Clysta Kinstler’s The Moon Under Her Feet presents a unique view of Mary Magdalene and even Jesus himself. Blending the traditional Christian stories with history, mythology, and a bit of New Age spirituality, Kinstler’s Mary Magdelene, here called Mari Anath, is a priestess of the Goddess Isis-Asherah and is the protégé of the High Priestess and mother of Yeshua and his twin Judas, Almah Mari.
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Although many religions like to bicker with one another over whose religion is “the right one” and whose version of God (or the Gods) is the “real one,” Lucinda Vardey’s God In All Worlds: An Anthology of Contemporary Spiritual Writing highlights all the best parts of many, if not all, of the world’s religions.
While the anthology does include bits and pieces from the Bible, the Dalai Lama, Mother Theresa, and Krishnamurti, it also includes the works of poets such as Allen Ginsberg and Maya Angelou. From Hinduism to Judaism and even Pagan beliefs such as Wicca, each of the 22 pages allows readers to adventure forth on their spiritual path. They’ll get a chance to delve into the depths of meditation, the power of mythology, and spiritual figures. All of the selections, whether it is from Martin Luther King Jr. or Albert Einstein, will give readers a new appreciation for spirituality and the world around them.
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Deepak Chaswal has been steadily gaining international acclaim thanks to his poetry. His first collection, Meeting With Christ and Other Poems, is a unique look not only at Christian spirituality but also all the different belief systems that are out there in the world.
Unlike the usual traditional Christian hymns and prayers, the Christ that appears in Chaswal’s poetry is more human than divine. He’s not some smiling figure on a cloud—no, this Christ is someone that the narrator can actually seek out in Jerusalem and have a lovely in-depth conversation with. Much like the Biblical Christ, the poetic form of the Christian Messiah is all about a global movement that will return mankind to their essential humanity. He dislikes greed, selfishness, and the high-tech world that we inhabit because he feels that it’s turning humanity into self-absorbed idiots who can’t see our true potential for goodness.
However, aside from the usual Christian figures of a Messiah figure, angels, etc, Chaswal also explores Eastern religions. The blending of Eastern and Western milieu creates a beautiful poetry collection that not only honors the common themes found in all religions but also the rich imagery that will leave readers feeling spiritually renewed, no matter what their personal beliefs may be.
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