The Blessing

The Blessing

Author: Gregory Orr

Publisher: Milkweed Editions

Published: 2019-08-13

Total Pages: 169

ISBN-13: 1571317228

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An acclaimed poet’s “gripping” memoir of an accidental tragedy, a childhood haunted by guilt, and a quest to find healing through art (Publishers Weekly). When Gregory Orr was twelve years old, he shot and killed his brother in a hunting accident. From the immediate aftermath—a period of shock, sadness, and isolation—it quickly became clear that support and guidance would not be coming from his distant mother. Nor would it come from his father, a philandering country doctor addicted to amphetamines. Left to his own devices, the boy suffered. Guilt weighed on him throughout a childhood split between the rural Hudson Valley and jungles of Haiti. As a young man, his feelings and a growing sense of idealism prompted him to activism in the civil rights movement, where he marched and was imprisoned, and then scarred again by a terrifying abduction. Eventually, Orr’s experiences led him to understand that art, particularly poetry, could work as a powerful source of healing and meaning to combat the trauma he carried. Throughout The Blessing, Orr articulates his journey in language as lyrical as it is authentic, gifting us all with a singular tale of survival, and of the transformation of suffering into art. “Even a chaotic and hapless family, it seems, can confer a blessing—the strength to live in the world as it is, and the wisdom to love people as they are. The book is not so much about surviving pain so much as developing a writer’s instinct for transforming it.” —Kathleen Norris, New York Times–bestselling author of The Cloister Walk


The Blessing is in the Struggle

The Blessing is in the Struggle

Author: Jeremy Adam Pool

Publisher: R. R. Bowker

Published: 2021-04-09

Total Pages: 74

ISBN-13: 9781736699591

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This is a personal memoir of my struggles with my identity being biracial, addiction, and criminality. My life was interrupted with a family tragedy that changed the direction of my life. What followed was years of personal struggles that included 10 years of addiction to drugs and a criminal lifestyle. It wasn't until strangers showed up and loved me that I could understand the love that was around me at all times. I was a man filled with hatred of self and others, who has learned to love myself through the understanding of self. I believe that everyone has a personal mission statement waiting to be lived and this book is part of my personal mission statement. Becoming the author of my own life has helped me discovery my belonging and my purpose. My only objective is for all who read this book to understand we aren't are past and it only defines you when you accept your now as your forever.


Concerning the Book that is the Body of the Beloved

Concerning the Book that is the Body of the Beloved

Author: Gregory Orr

Publisher: Copper Canyon Press

Published: 2012-12-18

Total Pages: 218

ISBN-13: 1619320649

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“The heart of Orr’s poetry, now as ever, is the enigmatic image . . . mystical, carnal, reflective, wry.”—San Francisco Review This book-length sequence of ecstatic, visionary lyrics recalls Rumi in its search for the beloved and its passionate belief in the healing qualities of art and beauty. Concerning the Book that is the Body of the Beloved is an incantatory celebration of the “Book,” an imaginary and self-gathering anthology of all the lyrics—both poems and songs—ever written. Each poem highlights a distinct aspect of the human condition, and together the poems explore love, loss, restoration, the beauty of the world, the beauty of the beloved, and the mystery of poetry. The purpose and power of the Book is to help us live by reconnecting us to the world and to our emotional lives. I put the beloved In a wooden coffin. The fire ate his body; The flames devoured her. I put the beloved In a poem or song. Tucked it between Two pages of the Book. How bright the flames. All of me burning, All of me on fire And still whole. There is nothing quite like this book—an “active anthology” in the best sense—where individuals find the poems and songs that will sustain them. Or the poems find them. Gregory Orr is the author of eight books of poetry, four volumes of criticism, and a memoir. He has received numerous awards for his work, most recently the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Orr has taught at the University of Virginia since 1975 and was, for many years, the poetry editor of The Virginia Quarterly Review. He lives with his family in Charlottesville, Virginia.


The Blessing Way

The Blessing Way

Author: Tony Hillerman

Publisher: Harper Collins

Published: 1990-03-07

Total Pages: 323

ISBN-13: 0061000019

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Author's first mystery.


A Blessing over Ashes

A Blessing over Ashes

Author: Adam Fifield

Publisher: Harper Collins

Published: 2001-06-05

Total Pages: 340

ISBN-13: 0380800497

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On a snowy winter's night in Vermont, eleven-year-old Adam Fifield and his family awaited the arrival of his new foster brother, Soeuth, a fourteen-year-old refugee from the killing fields of Cambodia. Scrawny and terrified, Soeuth was mute for days, warily retreating into his room despite the Fifields' numerous attempts to make him feel welcome. But for Soeuth, whose young life had been plagued with fear and violence, it would be months before any place could feel like home. In this rewarding memoir, Adam Fifield recalls the months and years that followed his first meeting with Soeuth. He describes the boy's amazing physical prowess, his sense of humor, and, juxtaposed against his own typically American coming of age, the horrific details of Soeuth's early years. But even more compelling is the story of Adam and his brother's journey to Cambodia to meet the family Soeuth once thought dead. What awaits them on the side of the globe will both reunite Soeuth with his lost family and cement the relationship he has forced with his new one.


Blessing in Disguise

Blessing in Disguise

Author: Danielle Steel

Publisher:

Published: 2019

Total Pages: 290

ISBN-13: 0399179321

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Isabelle McAvoy, private art consultant in New York City. The first half of the book focuses on her past, having three daughters with three different men and following her through each of those relationships. When the narrative switches back to present-day, Isabelle learns that she's losing her sight and hires an assistant. She bonds with each of her daughters, one in India, one in New York, and one in Tuscany, and falls in love again.


Don't Block the Blessings

Don't Block the Blessings

Author: Patti LaBelle

Publisher: Berkley

Published: 1998-10

Total Pages: 0

ISBN-13: 9780425169988

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From girl group sensation to hair-raising disco-diva to high-octane superstar, Patti LaBelle has reinvented her image many times over. But Patti, the woman, is the same as she has always been--funny, sassy, and down-to-earth. Now, Patti tells all--from her wild encounters with some of the biggest names in show business to overcoming her own fear of death. Most of all, she reveals how she has survived, and made her own choices, for better or for worse.


Blessings in Disguise

Blessings in Disguise

Author: Nancy Mehl

Publisher:

Published: 2023-07-31

Total Pages: 0

ISBN-13: 9781961125360

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This series whisks you away to the scenic hillside of Ohio's Amish country and draws you into the excitement as Cheryl and her Amish friend, Naomi, work together to solve intriguing mysteries.


Sefer Ha-berakhot

Sefer Ha-berakhot

Author: Marcia Falk

Publisher: Beacon Press

Published: 1999

Total Pages: 580

ISBN-13: 9780807010174

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A collection of blessings, poems, meditations, and rituals presented in English and Hebrew offers a traditional perspective to weekday, Sabbath, and New Moon festival observances.