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Escape Routes: For People Who Feel Trapped In Life's Hells
by Johann Christoph Arnold
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Nearly everyone knows what it means to be trapped in a private hell. Fortunately, for the vast majority, such misery and unhappiness are fleeting, temporary lapses in an otherwise pleasant existence. Arnold writes for those who find it difficult if not impossible to find their way out of such suffering. A counselor and prolific author, he dispenses much practical advice while exposing the roots of such human perennials as loneliness, frustration, alienation, and despair. Sometimes his medicine is Zenlike in its common sense. Why devote all your energy, he asks, to an eternal hereafter when you can experience heaven here and now? Today is the only day that matters. He readily admits that there are no easy answers, but while happiness flits in and out of our lives, he suggests that we can find hope in living life in the moment. Sharing the stories of some who have overcome obstacles or confronted them head-on, Arnold urges us to believe that we can consciously choose pursuing either heaven or hell. June Sawyers
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After decades of counseling, Johann Christoph Arnold still marvels at our capacity to make life miserable for ourselves and one another. This book, his tenth, points to a sure way out of life's hells.
Using real-life stories, Arnold exposes the common seeds of loneliness, frustration, alienation, and despair, and gives you the tools to uproot them from your life. In contrast to the makeovers and quick fixes hawked by popular culture, Escape Routes offers a tougher prescription. The choices he presents are clear: "to be selfish or selfless; to forgive or to hate; to burn with lust or with love; to defend your personal power, or dismantle it."
Why stake your hopes on some eternal hereafter, when you can taste heaven right here and now? No matter your problems, or who you are, this book will help you on your way, provided you're ready to take its medicine.
An outspoken social critic and spokesperson for the Bruderhof--an international communal movement dedicated to a life of simplicity, service, and nonviolence--Arnold has been a guest on hundreds of talk shows and a speaker at numerous colleges and high schools. An internationally-known peace activist, Arnold has worked together with world leaders and other renowned peacemakers for reconciliation and justice in many of the world's conflict zones. Recent missions have taken him to Northern Ireland, the Middle East, and Central America - and into local schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and prisons.
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