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Sacred Time and the Search for Meaningby Gary Eberle
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In Sacred Time and the Search for Meaning, author Gary Eberle contemplates how humans' view of time has evolved throughout history, how we came to measure time, and why we feel especially starved for it now. Eberle seeks to rediscover a renewed sense of meaning in life through looking for ways to enter the realm of sacred time or "sabbath time"—where we can reconnect with the slower, deeper rhythms of life that have traditionally been experienced through worship, prayer, and the observance of holy days.
Drawing from the work of Western philosophers from Aristotle to Heidegger, and on theorists from Jung to Foucault, he presents both an intellectual history of time and a personal account of his own search for sacred time. Along the way he formulates an insightful analysis of our culture's obsession with speed and efficiency, and he offers guidance for slowing down to savor life outside of schedules and routines, showing the way toward finding fulfillment in this increasingly accelerated world.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -222).
About the Author
Gary Eberle is chair of the English Department at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he has taught since 1982. His books include the critically acclaimed novel Angel Strings, as well as The Geography of Nowhere: Finding One's Self in the Postmodern World and A City Full of Rain, a collection of short stories.
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