In Search of a Prophet: A Spiritual Journey with Kahlil Gibran

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In Search of a Prophet is a fascinating journey through the spiritual life of Kahlil Gibran, author of the bestselling book The Prophet. Capturing our imaginations and enriching our spirits, Paul-Gordon Chandler explores this beloved writer and artist, a mystic who sought to build bridges and tear down walls. In Search of a Prophet is not a traditional biography but a compelling spiritual journey through Gibran's writings, art, and the places he lived. From his birthplace village high in the snowy mountains of Lebanon, Chandler leads us through his emigration to Boston, art training in Paris, career in New York, and to the far-reaching places of influence his writings and art have traveled. Delving into passages of some of Gibran's writings--both famous and less well known--Chandler breathes life into this captivating poet artist who moved beyond religion to the core of universal spirituality and was a unique blend of East and West. His voice is timeless, appealing to heart and mind, faith and reason--a much-needed guide for our times.

Product Details

Price
$19.95
Publisher
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publish Date
September 01, 2017
Pages
200
Dimensions
6.2 X 9.1 X 0.8 inches | 0.9 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781538104279

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About the Author

Paul-Gordon Chandler, an Episcopal priest, is an interfaith advocate, art curator, and social entrepreneur who has lived and worked in North Africa and the Middle East for many years. He is the founder and president of CARAVAN, an international movement that uses the arts to build bridges of peace between the creeds and cultures of the Middle East and the West. He is the author of Pilgrims of Christ on the Muslim Road: Exploring a New Path Between Two Faiths. He can be reached at www.paulgordonchandler.com.

Reviews

Paul-Gordon Chandler takes us on a profound spiritual journey into the life and work of one of the most famous and beloved poets, Kahlil Gibran, showing us how this timeless poet is a much-needed guide for our times. In his hands, Kahlil Gibran becomes an intimate friend.--Reza Aslan, author of No god but God and Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Paul-Gordon Chandler has done us a great service by writing this wonderful book. Part travelogue through the many places Kahlil Gibran lived, part journey through the artist's great works, it all comes together in a way that gives us powerful glimpses into the inner life of a spiritual giant.--Eboo Patel, founder and president, Interfaith Youth Core; author of Acts of Faith and Interfaith Leadership
There are certain places you should visit before you die, and to enjoy them best, you need a guide who knows them well. Similarly, there are certain writers you should read before you die, and you'll enjoy them even more with an experienced guide beside you. Kahlil Gibran is such a writer, and Paul-Gordon Chandler is such a guide. Gibran, assisted by Chandler, will introduce you to a great land that lies within you.--Brian D. McLaren, author of The Great Spiritual Migration
Paul-Gordon Chandler is a curious wanderer, a man of spiritual depth and refreshing insight. His journey into Kahlil Gibran's life and timeless teachings offers solace and shelter in our divided and troubled times.--Jeffrey Fleishman, senior writer on film, art, and culture, Los Angeles Times; author of Shadow Man: A Novel
In Search of a Prophet is a profound look at Kahlil Gibran's prophetic voice for peace and reconciliation during his lifetime. Paul-Gordon Chandler movingly demonstrates how Gibran, through his life and writings, issued a timeless call to respect all peoples and their religious traditions equally, thereby serving as an indispensable guide for our times.--Ambassador Rabbi David N. Saperstein, former US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom
In this deeply spiritual look at the life of Kahlil Gibran, Paul-Gordon Chandler opens us to a voice more relevant to our times than when his work appeared years ago. Chandler's biography rings with the same grandeur and deep insight present in Gibran's poetry, and it is pleasant to read and nourishing to digest. With our world so deeply suspicious and divided, Chandler's look at Gibran offers us a biography--and a spirituality--that displays a vision of our common humanity. It is a great inspiration during times like these.--Rev. James Winkler, president and general secretary, National Council of Churches
Here Paul-Gordon Chandler artfully traces the contours of Khalil Gibran's life--a life which transcended so many of the divides we human beings erect among ourselves. In a world increasingly fraught with voices calling us toward power and away from each other, this book arrives as a balm and an incitement to continue the important work of healing the world.--Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, senior minister, Riverside Church, New York
Paul-Gordon Chandler brilliantly captures the universal spirituality of the beloved poet Kahlil Gibran as we journey with him to discover how the Levant, his birthplace--the land of Moses's Sacred Valley, Jesus's Mount of Olives, and Mohammad's mosque of Al Aqsa--and early disappointments influenced his art and poetry. In Search of a Prophet is revelatory and a true inspiration for those seeking to build bridges, not walls.--Imam Mohamad Bashar Arafat, president, Islamic Affairs Council of Maryland and Civilizations Exchange and Cooperation Foundation
An inspiring and vivid exploration into the all-embracing spirituality of Kahlil Gibran. Chandler takes us on a journey into the inner and outer worlds of a man who defied religious and cultural boundaries to assert a vision of an underlying humanity and faith that all people share, free of dogma. This original and revealing account of Gibran's life and work is timeless, sharing with us profound wisdom that can guide us through the challenges of our world today. A modern classic of spirituality.--Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, president, Union Theological Seminary
Chandler blends memoir and biography in this introductory exploration of poet Kahlil Gibran's influences, writings, and impact. He traces Gibran's life from his birth in Lebanon in 1883 and his immigration to the United States in 1895 to his return to the Middle East in 1899 and his encounters with leading artistic figures in Europe before his death in 1931. Each chapter centers on a key work of Gibran's, with ample excerpts to get a sense of his style and messages. This orderly chronology will help readers fill in details and get a better sense of what events shaped Gibran's work, including personal losses, World War I, and the dislocation of being an immigrant. Those unfamiliar with the poet's work will gain solid insights into how and why Gibran sought out universal reconciliation of the religious impulses stemming from his Maronite Catholic upbringing, his Arab identity, and his Western education. Chandler includes anecdotes from his own travels, including (but not exclusively) to sites related to Gibran's life.... [This book] provides a solid introduction to Gibran and his complex work.--Publishers Weekly
Episcopal priest Chandler (Pilgrims of Christ on the Muslim Road) concedes that there are many fine biographies of Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), the early 20th-century artist and writer best known for The Prophet. Instead, Chandler invites readers to follow Gibran's spiritual journey, of which Prophet is but one vista. The narrative is also a record of Chandler's own pilgrimage. With each stop, Chandler reveals how Gibran's intense embrace of all that was around him mirrored a direct spiritual encounter that underlies the edifice of religion. Chandler enriches the narrative with quotes from Gibran's works and letters, descriptions of his artwork, reflections from people who knew him and those for whom his works are still transformative. Gibran was bound and embraced by many worlds: East and West, Muslim and Christian, pastoral and urban, ancient and modern; intoxicated with the teachings of Jesus, but not the church. VERDICT Chandler succeeds in providing a portrait of a hard-won spirituality that transcended religion even while embracing it.--Library Journal
Paul-Gordon Chandler takes readers on a fascinating journey across three continents as he explores the life, works and spirituality of Kahlil Gibran . . . Full of contemporary links to Gibran (who knew that Elvis Presley could recite The Prophet by heart?), In Search of a Prophet underscores the timelessness of Gibran's vision of a shared humanity that crosses all cultural and religious divides.--AramCo World
Before reading this book my only real knowledge of Kahlil Gibran was the poem often read at weddings in the 1970s and 80s, and frequently caricatured. What that limited knowledge didn't reveal was the story of his life, the depth of his convictions, and the gift of his wisdom. This book tells his story, revealing the depth and passing on that gift.--The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church