Looking in the Distance : The Human Search for Meaning, Paperback Book

Looking in the Distance : The Human Search for Meaning Paperback

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Looking In The Distance celebrates the possibilities that life affords whilst examining how doubts and fears too often paralyse people, especially as they get older.

It is a highly personal and meditative work that will inspire whoever reads it, helping us to better understand the different ways in which the human search for wholeness and healing can be approached. As with all his books, Richard Holloway peppers his lively prose with an eclectic selection of writings from poets, philosophers and novelists from around the world and across the centuries.

The resulting book presents a brilliantly argued thesis that is both challenging and empowering.

Looking In The Distance is accessible, funny, serious, hopefully and heartfelt - a book that will change your life.




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An extended essay about the "place of committed unknowing". Though he has become, religiously, an agnostic, Holloway writes with passion and a strong sense of the need for change and development. He reserves some of his most scathing words for those who stick to dry old texts and patterns of living. As often with Holloway, one has the feeling that he is on the edge of something important, but that he has not chosen or is not able to penetrate far enough below the surface of the theme in hand to make his writing really satisfying.

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Explores human spirituality, with or without religion or God. In four parts: looking, speaking, listening and leaving; covers philosophy, psychology, ethics and ending - of traditions and life. Very readable and thought-provoking, well referenced and illustrated with poetry.

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