Providence: The Story of a Fifty-Year Vision Quest
Providence is Quinn’s fascinating memoir of his life-long spiritual voyage. His journey takes him from a childhood dream in Omaha setting him on a search for fulfillment, to his time as a postulant in the Trappist order under the guidance of eminent theologian Thomas Merton.
Later, his quest took him through the deep self-discovery of psychoanalysis, through a failed marriage during the turbulent and exciting 60s, to finding fulfillment with his wife Rennie and a career as a writer.
In Providence Quinn also details his rejection of organized religion and his personal rediscovery of what he says is humankind’s first and only universal religion, the theology that forms the basis for Ishmael.
Providence is an insightful book that address issues of education, psychology, religion, science, marriage, and self-understanding, and will give insight to anyone who has ever struggled to forge and enact a personal spirituality.
The One Spirit Book Club described Providence in this way:
“After writing Ishmael, perhaps one of the most powerful works of spiritual fiction recently published, Daniel Quinn returns with another story – his own. In Providence, Quinn – a Trappist postulant under Thomas Merton – details the long sojourn that shaped his revolutionary way of seeing the world.
Quinn’s autobiography sweeps from his earliest memories (including a prophetic childhood dream) to his short stay in Gethsemani monastery (where he had a life-transforming vision) to his personal rediscovery of humankind’s universal religion. Along the way, we see the radical ideas he would later set forth in Ishmael coming together like pieces in a puzzle.
Filled with penetrating insight, Providence follows the meandering road one man took to find our rightful place in the community of life.”
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