This expanded edition of Chinua Achebe's first novel portrays the collision of African and European cultures in an Igbo village. Okonkwo, a great man in Igbo traditional society, cannot adapt to the profound changes brought by the British conquest of Nigeria. Yet, as in classic tragedy, Okonkwo's character as well as external forces contribute to his downfall. This expanded edition includes new illustrations, maps, additional essays on history, culture,and literature, and reference material to help readers see Achebe's classic novel in social and historical context, and to understand its place in world literature.
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Pema Chödrön reveals the vast potential for happiness, wisdom and courage even in the most painful circumstances.
Drawn from traditional Buddhist wisdom, Pema Chodrons radical and compassionate advice for what to do when things fall apart in our lives goes against the grain of our usual habits and ex pectations.--from back cover.
The beautiful practicality of her teaching has made Pema Chödrön one of the most beloved of contemporary American spiritual authors among Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. A collection of talks she gave between 1987 and 1994, the book is a treasury of wisdom for going on living when we are overcome by pain and difficulties. Chödrön discusses: · Using painful emotions to cultivate wisdom, compassion, and courage · Communicating so as to encourage others to open up rather than shut down · Practices for reversing habitual patterns · Methods for working with chaotic situations · Ways for creating effective social action
Critical essays discuss the language, symbolism, characters, and themes of the classic novel about British colonialism in Nigeria.
Achebe's first novel portrays the collision of African and European cultures in people's lives. Okonkwo, a great man in Igbo traditional society, cannot adapt to the profound changes brought about by British colonial rule. Yet, as in classic tragedy, Okonkwo's downfall results from his own character as well as from external forces.
"The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves." "The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently." "We don't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." "When we protect ourselves so we won't feel pain, that protection becomes like armor, like armor that imprisons the softness of of the heart." ***Don't miss Pema Chodron's in-depth look at fear, suffering, loneliness, and the Buddhist-inspired teachings that can help you become the best version of yourself. Accepting the struggle is part of transcending it, and this book will show you how you can do that.*** What Will You Learn from Reading This Book? You will learn about compassion You will learn about suffering, death, and discomfort You will learn about meditation You will learn how to live in the present moment You will learn how to be gentle towards yourself You will learn about the path You will learn about fear of death and existence/life You will learn about the four maras Book Summary Overview Chodron utilizes the Buddhist teachings on suffering and death in order to come to terms with struggle, loss, and unhappiness in her own life. This book will teach you how you can do the same. Suffering is caused by our perceptions and opinions. We must not run away from suffering as it only brings us closer to the suffering we are avoiding. It teaches us about compassion and how it is directed not only to others but also to ourselves. This book incorporates teaching of the Buddha into its discourse such as suffering, dharma, and tonglen. Reading it will give you new perspective on the meaning of fear, how it is a vital part of our existence, and how to be kinder to yourself. Reading this book will make you feel instantly better about your place in the world, and within yourself. Click Buy now with 1-Click to Own Your Copy Today!
Early one morning in 2011, Hilary Neiman was hard at work in the offices of her own successful adoption and surrogacy practice, when three agents of the FBI entered without warning, read her Miranda rights, and informed her, "This is your Come to Jesus day." How does one go from being raised in a loving, ethical family and earning an advanced education, including in the law, to being accused in the headlines of joining a baby-selling, human trafficking ring? Eventually, Hilary would plead guilty, but not to baby-selling. She would forfeit her license to practice law, and spend five months in the Atwood Minimum Security Camp in Lexington, Kentucky. Things Fall Apart is the story of a young woman with nothing but the promise of a fulfilled life ahead of her, whose childhood dream turned into a nightmare.
"When women share the truth about life and loss . . . hope is restored" in this enlightening and comforting memoir about purpose, personal growth, and nature's ability to heal (Sarah Ban Breathnach). "There is so much life in the garden. That is why I come. Life that is gentle, self-supporting, and beautiful. Continuous in its cycles, grounded, pure." When her husband asked for a divorce after twenty-five years of marriage, Rebecca Winn felt untethered physically, spiritually, and emotionally. The security she'd had in her marriage was suddenly replaced by an overwhelming sense of fear, hopelessness, and dread. She felt invisible and alone and was horrified to consider that her deepest longing -- to know and be known by another person -- might never be realized. But from this fear emerged a powerful desire to answer one of life's most profound questions: How can we ever know another person if we do not truly know ourselves? Facilitated in measures by a love affair with a younger man, dedicated study of Jungian psychology, and a deep dive into global spiritual practices, Winn transformed heartbreak into wholeness through communion with the divine in nature. By turning to her garden for guidance, sanctuary, and inspiration, and dialing closely into the flora and fauna around her, she ultimately discovered what is possible when we are willing look at our unvarnished selves with an open mind -- and see others with an open heart.