Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words

Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words
Selected one of the top 15 books of 2015 by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic, and Maria Popova of Brain Pickings.

With the imagery of a poet and the reflection of a philosopher, David Whyte turns his attention to 52 ordinary words, each its own particular doorway into the underlying currents of human life.

Beginning with Alone and closing with Work, each chapter is a meditation on meaning and context, an invitation to shift and broaden our perspectives on the inevitable vicissitudes of life: pain and joy, honesty and anger, confession and vulnerability, the experience of feeling besieged and the desire to run away from it all. Through this lens, procrastination may be a necessary ripening; hiding an act of freedom; and shyness the appropriate confusion and helplessness that accompanies the first stage of revelation.

Consolations invites readers into a poetic and thoughtful consideration of words whose meaning and interpretation influence the paths we choose and the way we traverse them throughout our lives.

Details Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words

Title Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words
AuthorDavid Whyte
Release Date1st Jan 2015
PublisherMany Rivers Press
Pages247 pages

8 reviews on “Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words

  1. Lynne Jaffe

    The only words that will not belittle this treasure are Truth and Beauty. For any beloveds, for all who are in need of comfort, or for a place of timeless reflection, including yourself…Gift them this book!…

  2. Ann

    Absolutely fabulous..David’s words are a healing balm to my soul in countless ways..will be building my library of his works….

  3. Gary Shunk

    This book overflows with generosity and courageous wisdom. Painstakingly written, deeply reflective, its words will halt the mind, opening the soul to the mystery and majesty of life….

  4. Jandel T. Allen-Davis

    This is a beautiful book. To be read in small doses, margins to be written in and reflections to come back again and again. I try and read one of the words and writings a few times a week. I think his best yet. Beautiful. Just beautiful….

  5. Mary Ann Willoughby

    David Whyte is one of the most brilliant author, poet, and speakers out in the world presently. I continue to be amazed and enthralled with his vision and voice. I cherish everything that I read and hear from his vast collections of books and recordings….

  6. Heather

    David. Oh, David! Poetry is David Whyte. Like a close and intimate friend, his words caress the soul and cradle the heart….

  7. Dogearred Bookmarker

    Wow! If you find it hard to conceive how a book with ruminations about different random words could be this good, you should read this book. I have always loved how words have connotations. This book explores the depth of a word, often finding its spiritual nature. Reading it was like finding a rare plant or flower in the woods and contemplating it. A delight….

  8. Customer

    David Whyte and Mary Oliver are my two favorite writers. Both express the wonder of life through poetry that integrates the natural word with our human experience. “Consolations” for me was another side of David Whyte presented as poetry through prose with a wondrous structure. I could explore feeling states like Honesty, friendship, Maturity, Giving, or Heartbeak through stand-alone chapters. Joy and Gratitude were most heartfelt and soulful. You will soon seek out “Pilgrim” and “River Flow” among his other writings….

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