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Restoring Life's Missing Pieces: The Spiritual Power of Remembering & Reuniting with People, Places, Things & Self

Restoring Life's Missing Pieces: The Spiritual Power of Remembering & Reuniting with People, Places, Things & Self (paperback) addresses the universal need to revisit the past and to harvest our good memories.

Book coverAuthor Caren Goldman quotes an old tribal saying: "Sometimes you have to go back just to see how far you have gone." Indigenous people wisely crafted rituals to help people get in touch with their ancestors and learn more about their heritage and inheritance. Today many people participate in family or class reunions for that reason and others.

Goldman shows us how we can make the most of our remembering with quotes and commentaries from films, novels, poetry, plus a series of probing experiences. As poet Robert Pinsky said: "Deciding to remember, and what not to remember, is how we decide who we are" (SkyLight Paths).


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