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Caravan of No Despair

A Memoir of Loss and Transformation
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Awards and Acknowledgements:

  • Spirituality & Practice Best Spiritual Books of 2015 selection

On the day her first book came out—a new translation of Dark Night of the Soul by Saint John of the Cross—Mirabai Starr’s daughter, Jenny, was killed in a car accident. “My spiritual life began the day my daughter died,” writes Mirabai. Even with decades of spiritual practice and a deep immersion in the greatest mystical texts, she found herself utterly unprepared for “my most powerful catalyst for transformation, my fiercest and most compassionate teacher.”
 
With Caravan of No Despair, Mirabai shares an irreverent, uplifting, and intimate memoir of her extraordinary life journey.  Through the many twists and turns of her life—including a tangled relationship with a charlatan-guru, her unexpected connection with the great Christian mystics, and the loss of her daughter—Mirabai finds the courage to remain open and defenseless before the mystery of the divine. “Tragedy and trauma are not guarantees for a transformational spiritual experience,” writes Mirabai Starr, “but they are opportunities. They are invitations to sit in the fire and allow it to transfigure us.”

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Contents Paperback Book (277 pages) eBook (277 pages)
Filetypes EPUB, PDF
Dimensions 5 1/4 x 8 inches
Product Code BK04301 BK04301W
ISBN Number 978-1-62203-413-0 978-1-62203-455-0
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Mirabai Starr

About Mirabai Starr

Mirabai Starr teaches philosophy and world religions at the University of New Mexico, and is the author of new translations of Dark Night of the Soul by John of the Cross and The Interior Castle and The Book of My Life by Teresa of Avila. She lives in Taos.

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Reviewed by Heidi
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Beautiful, captivating, openhearted

This has been a wonderful discovery - finally a book containing the horrors of grief (thank you for such honesty), but filled with hope and inspiration for those of us questioning if there is light. It is so beautifully written and so captivating in its entirety, not just a source of hope for the bereft, but the sharing of an incredible life story and done so with an open and beautiful heart. Left me hungry for everything else written by this wonderful author.

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Reviewed by Mary
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Powerful, moving, illuminating

On one level, this memoir tells the core story of the author's daughter's death and how she dealt with it; but the true journey presented here is about responding to loss of all kinds, inherent in life and how it can be possible to deepen and grow in the cauldron of loss. This is not about taking a spiritual bypass through grief; it is very honest, real, and gritty at times. This cannot have been an easy book to write and the author has done us a great service in her profound sharing.

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