Solitude

Memories, People, Places

Author: Terry Waite

Publisher: SPCK

ISBN: 0281078831

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 175

View: 2166

‘This is a thoughtful and sensitive book from a man who endured the fear and loneliness of captivity. Now, years later, Terry Waite explores solitude in its many forms.’ ,Stella Rimington DBE, former Director General of MI5 ‘No one is better qualified to write about solitude than Terry Waite, who spent nearly five years of his life in solitary confinement. His exploration of solitude – he calls it a saunter – takes him from his personal ordeal to the Australian outback, to the home of a former British double agent in Moscow, and beyond. His book will be of great value to those who have suffered from too much company or too little, or are interested in the phenomenon of being alone, which is not at all the same as being lonely. Terry Waite’s saunter through solitude is wide ranging, original, well written and (best of all) companionable.’ Martin Bell OBE, UNICEF ambassador and former war reporter ‘This is a wonderfully perceptive and engaging book. Terry Waite takes the reader deep into other worlds, both geographical and psychological, from which they will emerge enlightened and spiritually enriched.’ Ranulph Fiennes OBE, explorer, writer and poet Some people long to find it, others long to escape it. But, whether we welcome or dread it, solitude is something we all experience in different forms at different points in our lives. After enduring nearly five years of solitary confinement, in cruel and terrifying conditions, Terry Waite discovered that he was drawn to find out more about the power of solitude in the lives of other people. The result is this haunting book, in which he recalls his encounters with people who have experienced some very different ways of being solitary: among them the peaceful solitude of remote and beautiful places; the unsought and often unnoticed solitude of lonely people living in the midst of busy cities; the deceptive solitude of those living in the twilight world of espionage; the enforced solitude of the convict and the prisoner of war; and, finally, the inescapable solitude of those who are drawing near to death. Through all these encounters, and through the memories and reflections they trigger in the author’s mind, we see how solitude shapes the human soul – and how it can be a force for good in our own lives, if we can only learn to use it well.

Solitude

Memories, People, Places

Author: Terry Waite

Publisher: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge

ISBN: 9780281078820

Category:

Page: 176

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Out of the Silence

Memories, Poems, Reflections

Author: Terry Waite

Publisher: SPCK

ISBN: 0281077622

Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 9120

At the height of the Lebanese civil war in the 1980s over 100 foreign civilians were taken hostage by Islamic Jihad. As the Archbishop of Canterbury’s special envoy, Terry Waite conducted several successful missions to negotiate the release of numerous hostages. But in January 1987, while on one of his many visits to Beirut, he was captured himself. Imprisoned for nearly five years, four of them in solitary confinement, he was chained, beaten, frequently blindfolded, and subjected to a mock execution. In this moving sequence of poems and reflections Terry Waite recalls the highs and lows of his life, both during that ordeal and throughout the happier years of humanitarian work that have followed. They give us a glimpse into the depths of faith, hope and love that sustained him through that intense time of suffering. They also take us into memories of his later life, reminding us of the joy to be found in meaningful work, and in the humanity we share with those around us. Out of the Silence not only offers a rare insight into one man’s experience in the throes of a bitter conflict of the past; it also bears witness to the enduring power of forgiveness, truth and reconciliation in the face of adverse forces still at work in the world today.

People. Places. Memories

Travel Stories and Photos from Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates

Author: Angelo Nino M. Santos, MD

Publisher: Partridge Publishing Singapore

ISBN: 1482852535

Category: Travel

Page: 128

View: 3153

People. Places. Memories: Photos and Travel Stories from Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates places in its readers hands a lushly illustrated and vibrantly worded travel diary that brings to life the faces, locales, and ways of life of four lands that typically do not appear on most people’s lists of tourist destinations. Angelo Nino M. Santos, MD, has honed his photography and writing by capturing images and observations garnered through years of travel around the world and presenting his insights on his travel and food blog, Beyond Toxicity @ docgelo.com. People. Places. Memories turns Doc Gelo’s camera and pen to the sights and experiences of Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. He wants all who immerse themselves in the pages of this work to share in the wonders he experienced, as he notes, “I keep my pictures raw with emotions I felt, with flavors I tasted, with people I met, with scents I smelled, with sounds I heard, and with experiences I encountered.” Whether you have traveled to unusual and alluring destinations or desire to share in the memories of those who have made such trips themselves, People. Places. Memories: Photos and Travel Stories from Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates will fill your mind and imagination with memorable pictures and prose. By sharing the journeys of Doc Gelo, you can more deeply appreciate the vast variety of the world’s peoples and find in the most unexpected places the distinctive touches of human culture.

The Solace of Open Spaces

Essays

Author: Gretel Ehrlich

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504042883

Category: Nature

Page: 144

View: 2493

These transcendent, lyrical essays on the West announced Gretel Ehrlich as a major American writer—“Wyoming has found its Whitman” (Annie Dillard). Poet and filmmaker Gretel Ehrlich went to Wyoming in 1975 to make the first in a series of documentaries when her partner died. Ehrlich stayed on and found she couldn’t leave. The Solace of Open Spaces is a chronicle of her first years on “the planet of Wyoming,” a personal journey into a place, a feeling, and a way of life. Ehrlich captures both the otherworldly beauty and cruelty of the natural forces—the harsh wind, bitter cold, and swiftly changing seasons—in the remote reaches of the American West. She brings depth, tenderness, and humor to her portraits of the peculiar souls who also call it home: hermits and ranchers, rodeo cowboys and schoolteachers, dreamers and realists. Together, these essays form an evocative and vibrant tribute to the life Ehrlich chose and the geography she loves. Originally written as journal entries addressed to a friend, The Solace of Open Spaces is raw, meditative, electrifying, and uncommonly wise. In prose “as expansive as a Wyoming vista, as charged as a bolt of prairie lightning,” Ehrlich explores the magical interplay between our interior lives and the world around us (Newsday).

From Cairo to Christ

How One Muslim's Faith Journey Shows the Way for Others

Author: Abu Atallah

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830890831

Category: Religion

Page: 192

View: 5511

"If I were to become a Christian, it would mean not only changing my religion but changing my whole identity, and bringing shame upon my family. My whole family is Muslim, and my society and culture were Muslim. . . . Changing from Islam to Christianity would mess up my life forever."So writes Abu Atallah, who grew up in Cairo as an ordinary Egyptian Muslim. He was deeply embedded in his family, religion, and country. For a time he was part of the Muslim Brotherhood. But as he came of age, he began to encounter people who followed a different way, who called themselves Christians. And a radically new life became possible--at great cost and risk, yet with great joy.From Cairo to Christ is the remarkable story of how one Muslim man was drawn to the Christian faith, and how he later became an ambassador for Christ with a ministry in the Muslim world. Atallah has personally helped hundreds of Muslims come to Christ. This narrative sheds light on Islamic cultural dynamics and what Westerners should know about Muslim contexts. Despite the challenges facing believers from Muslim backgrounds, God is bringing surprising numbers of Muslims to Christ. Discover how the good news of Jesus transforms lives in Muslim communities around the world.

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060531045

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 5353

One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world, and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize–winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America. Love and lust, war and revolution, riches and poverty, youth and senility -- the variety of life, the endlessness of death, the search for peace and truth -- these universal themes dominate the novel. Whether he is describing an affair of passion or the voracity of capitalism and the corruption of government, Gabriel García Márquez always writes with the simplicity, ease, and purity that are the mark of a master. Alternately reverential and comical, One Hundred Years of Solitude weaves the political, personal, and spiritual to bring a new consciousness to storytelling. Translated into dozens of languages, this stunning work is no less than an accounting of the history of the human race.

The Robber of Memories

A River Journey Through Colombia

Author: Michael Jacobs

Publisher: Counterpoint Press

ISBN: 1619022621

Category: Travel

Page: 272

View: 1944

Magdalena, a river that courses through the heart of Columbia, connects a violent past with the country’s uncertain present. British writer Michael Jacobs struggles to reconcile his love for the land and its people with the dangers that both still present. Determined to eliminate modern conveniences from his journey, he begins traversing the river by tugboat. He makes an exception for a cell phone that maintains a sporadic signal at best, in efforts to keep in touch with his mother suffering from deteriorating health. Jacobs cannot help but notice the irony of his mother’s dementia and his travels through Colombian townships with the world’s highest incidence of early-onset Alzheimer’s. While navigating the mysterious river and unfamiliar territory—both emotionally and geographically—Jacobs comes across Gabriel Garcia Márquez, whose own faltering memory shows a growing obsession with the Magdalena River of his youth. When Jacobs and his companions are apprehended by FARC guerillas who turn out to be as quirky and affable as they are intimidating, life begins to imitate the magical realism of Márquez’s signature works. Shortly after being released from captivity, the FARC camp is bombed by the Colombian air force, leaving no likely survivors among his oddly likeable captors. Exploring themes of adventure, endings, and “the utter pointlessness of it all,” Jacobs can only forge onward in his reflection of the mystical river.

Iona Dreaming

The Healing Power of Place

Author: Clare Cooper Marcus

Publisher: Nicolas-Hays, Inc.

ISBN: 9780892545889

Category: Psychology

Page: 352

View: 4552

A journey of healing takes Clare Cooper Marcus on a 6-month long solitary retreat to the remote Scottish Island of Iona. Here she experiences a mirroring of her soul and reflects and reviews the life that brought her here to this magical place. Her compelling memoir Iona Dreaming is an inspirational account of personal survival and hope in which Clare shares her recovery from a life-threatening illness, which deepens into a contemplation of the events in her life and her physical, emotional and spiritual healing. Clare Cooper Marcus brings both a personal and academic life-long interface with place, environment, and people. Her five previous books about human response to architecture and environment were popular with the public and well-received by the press. Iona Dreaming will reach out to a broad audience: people entering retirement, dealing with serious illnesses, gardeners, lovers of nature, architects and landscape architects, people who are becoming more heath conscious, women who have shared the social and cultural shifts she lived through—especially those coming of age in the 60’s—and all those who seek a more authentic life.

Long Road from Jarrow

A journey through Britain then and now

Author: Stuart Maconie

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473527686

Category: Travel

Page: 352

View: 2144

The Sunday Times Bestseller 'A tribute and a rallying call' - Guardian Three and half weeks. Three hundred miles. I saw roaring arterial highway and silent lanes, candlelit cathedrals and angry men in bad pubs. The Britain of 1936 was a land of beef paste sandwiches and drill halls. Now we are nation of vaping and nail salons, pulled pork and salted caramel. In the autumn of 1936, some 200 men from the Tyneside town of Jarrow marched 300 miles to London in protest against the destruction of their towns and industries. Precisely 80 years on, Stuart Maconie, walks from north to south retracing the route of the emblematic Jarrow Crusade. Travelling down the country’s spine, Maconie moves through a land that is, in some ways, very much the same as the England of the 30s with its political turbulence, austerity, north/south divide, food banks and of course, football mania. Yet in other ways, it is completely unrecognisable. Maconie visits the great cities as well as the sleepy hamlets, quiet lanes and roaring motorways. He meets those with stories to tell and whose voices build a funny, complex and entertaining tale of Britain, then and now.

Southampton Memories

People and Places

Author: Peter Wardall,Rod Andrews,Ben Waring

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781445677439

Category:

Page: 96

View: 3329

A fascinating portrait of the people and places of Southampton through the years presented in a remarkable collection of historical photographs.

The Voyage of the Golden Handshake

Author: Terry Waite

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781909269620

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 7373

A warm and charmingly funny novel from a widely admired author.

Footfalls in Memory

Reflections from Solitude

Author: Terry Waite

Publisher: Coronet

ISBN: 9780340669228

Category: Books and reading

Page: 310

View: 9608

For the first year of his solitary confinement in Beirut, Terry Waite was given nothing to read. During those days, not only did he write his autobiography in his head, but he also attempted to remember all the books, poems and prayers he had read during his life. Eventually his guards mellowed and he was given books. He received a wide variety ranging from Herodotus to the novels of Dorothy L. Sayers.

Silence & Solitude

Yellowstone's Winter Wilderness

Author: Tom Murphy

Publisher: Riverbend Pub

ISBN: 9781931832007

Category: Nature

Page: 128

View: 1984

Coffee-table photo book on winter in Yellowstone.

Journal of a Solitude

Author: May Sarton

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1497646332

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 203

View: 7994

May Sarton’s bestselling memoir of a solitary year spent at the house she bought and renovated “Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is richness of self.” —May Sarton May Sarton’s parrot chatters away as Sarton looks out the window at the rain and contemplates returning to her “real” life—not friends, not even love, but writing. In her bravest and most revealing memoir, Sarton casts her keenly observant eye on both the interior and exterior worlds. She shares insights about everyday life in the quiet New Hampshire village of Nelson, the desire for friends, and need for solitude—both an exhilarating and terrifying state. She likens writing to “cracking open the inner world again,” which sometimes plunges her into depression. She confesses her fears, her disappointments, her unresolved angers. Sarton’s garden is her great, abiding joy, sustaining her through seasons of psychic and emotional pain. Journal of a Solitude is a moving and profound meditation on creativity, oneness with nature, and the courage it takes to be alone. Both uplifting and cathartic, it sweeps us along on Sarton’s pilgrimage inward. This ebook features an extended biography of May Sarton.

Taken on Trust

Author: Terry Waite

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781473637115

Category:

Page: 512

View: 5712

Terry Waite's personal account of his harrowing experiences as a hostage in Beirut. This book gives a fascinating insight into human life on the edge - the things people are willing to do to each other, and what it feels like to be treated in that way. Terry's endurance in the face of unimaginable suffering and long days spent in solitary confinement makes for a compelling tale. This new edition includes an updated foreword and new final chapter conveying just a few of the many and varied experiences that came Terry's way post-release, and conveying his passionate engagement in Middle East issues since his release 25 years ago, an issue of just as much relevance today as ever.

Adventures in Solitude

What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound

Author: Grant Lawrence

Publisher: Harbour Publishing

ISBN: 1550176471

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 3827

From Captain George Vancouver to Muriel “Curve of Time” Blanchet to Jim “Spilsbury’s Coast” Spilsbury, visitors to Desolation Sound have left behind a trail of books endowing the area with a romantic aura that helps to make it British Columbia’s most popular marine park. In this hilarious and captivating book, CBC personality Grant Lawrence adds a whole new chapter to the saga of this storied piece of BC coastline. Young Grant’s father bought a piece of land next to the park in the 1970s, just in time to encounter the gun-toting cougar lady, left-over hippies, outlaw bikers and an assortment of other characters. In those years Desolation Sound was a place where going to the neighbours’ potluck meant being met with hugs from portly naked hippies and where Russell the Hermit’s school of life (boating, fishing, and rock ’n’ roll) was Grant’s personal Enlightenment—an influence that would take him away from the coast to a life of music and journalism and eventually back again. With rock band buddies and a few cases of beer in tow, an older, cooler Grant returns to regale us with tales of “going bush,” the tempting dilemma of finding an unguarded grow-op, and his awkward struggle to convince a couple of visiting kayakers that he’s a legit CBC radio host while sporting a wild beard and body wounds and gesticulating with a machete. With plenty of laugh-out-loud humour and inspired reverence, Adventures in Solitude delights us with the unique history of a place and the growth of a young man amidst the magic of Desolation Sound.

Four Birds of Noah's Ark

A Prayer Book from the Time of Shakespeare

Author: Thomas Dekker

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802874819

Category: Birds

Page: 176

View: 778

A timeless, little-known literary classic. As the Black Death ravaged London in 1608, the theatres closed, many people moved out of town for safety, and playwrights scrambled to find other outlets for their talent. While Shakespeare retreated to his hometown of Stratford, Thomas Dekker wrote Four Birds of Noah's Ark, a book containing fifty-six prayers for the people of London and all of England. Dekker's prayers bear witness to his deep faith and profound understanding of human psychology with a power and poignancy that few written prayers in English literature achieve. Bringing this devotional classic back into print for the first time since 1924, editor Robert Hudson has included a fine introduction, annotated the prayers, and modernised the language without sacrificing any of its beauty and simplicity. This lovely book at once surprises and enchants with its literary voice, devotional heart, and accessible writing.

Warriors

Life and Death Among the Somalis

Author: Gerald Hanley

Publisher: Eland & Sickle Moon Books

ISBN: 9780907871835

Category: Travel

Page: 228

View: 2720

A superb portrait of one of the world's most desolate lands, inhabited by fiercely independent tribesmen. Describing a little known aspect of WWII, a group of British Army soldiers try to prevent bloodshed between feuding Somalian tribes.

Things My Dog Has Taught Me

About being a better human - perfect for all who love dogs, by Jonathan Wittenberg

Author: Jonathan Wittenberg

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 147366439X

Category: Cooking

Page: 224

View: 9113

'A book about faithfulness and constancy in a world where both seem lost - highly recommended for dog lovers and would-be dog lovers - gentle and wise' - Justin Webb In this book for dog lovers everywhere, Jonathan Wittenberg says his dogs have taught him -- more than anything else -- how to appreciate the wonderful world in which we live, and how to develop better relationships with his friends and families. In this wonderful, warm account of one man and his canine companions, Jonathan shares his inability to resist the big, brown-eyed look which says, 'I'll melt your heart if you even think of going out without me', and the security he feels on a twenty-mile trek across the bleak Scottish Highlands with not a soul for a friend but his border collie. A good read if you enjoy watching Paul O'Grady's ITV series For the Love of Dogs, about the work of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.