In Questions of the Spirit, author Brent Green guides readers through a thoughtful and inspirational journey of eighteen chapters.
Each chapter explores a significant question about mortal existence, the nature of loss, and life’s most difficult challenges. Evocative chapter themes include: What was your first experience of loss? Is there value in suffering? Have you been blessed? After each chapter, additional questions inspire further contemplation and healing insights.
This finely crafted book includes poems, essays, and inspirational stories about those who overcome illnesses, misfortunes, rejection, and death of loved ones. The author also explores loss of a friendship with someone still living, loss of status, loss of self-confidence, loss of purpose, and loss of opportunities.
Loss comes in many forms throughout life. Loss is a requisite part of the human experience. Loss often means pain, but loss also means growth.
This book can become a pathway to greater spiritual awareness, a more resilient outlook, renewed faith, and hope in times of tragedy. It adds value with each new loss. And the book can stimulate deeper dialogue among those who gather to discuss mortality and the hereafter.
“Love and loss are two sides of the same coin. Brent Green’s deeply insightful book explores both sides with equal rigor, skill and passion. This book is, ultimately, a guide to being fully human. We are mortal beings and Questions of the Spirit shows readers how we can revel in and be enriched by the truth of that mortality.”
“Wow! This is Brent Green's sixth and finest work—and right up there with the best books focused on loss, grief and renewal. Calling on his background in counseling psychology, he inspires readers to search within for answers to challenging and unresolved spiritual questions. The depth and flow of the narrative kept me engaged, helping me learn more about myself along the way. Appreciative audiences will benefit from his hard-won wisdom. I give this book five stars!”
“Questions of the Spirit is a remarkable document and something that has given me many insights. It’s hard to put down! I’m not sure in which category of ‘friend’ I must put Brent — with a great chapter on that subject and many helpful distinctions — but the book brings me closer to him, and I’m grateful for that. Brent is doing something very, very important here and the book is going to be of huge value to people.”
“Brent Green's wonderful book offers us the guidance we need when we lose someone we love. It's the kind of book we want to read before we lose someone we love and afterwards to remind us of the journey we all must go through. You will read it with joy as a reminder of how to keep our hearts open, even in the face of the inevitable losses we all must endure. It is truly a gift of love.”
"A handbook seeks to help readers survive loss and grow as a result. The latest nonfiction work from Green (Generation Reinvention, 2010, etc.) centers on an alarming reality for baby boomers: the prevalence of personal loss in their lives. The author alerts readers at the outset that he has lost many important people in his life--grandparents, aunts, uncles, and most tellingly his sister--and these deaths have motivated him to write a book addressing some of the essential questions surrounding the whole experience. Is there value in suffering? Can it make someone stronger? Is there more to existence than the life humans see on Earth? What are the virtues of showing mercy, even to those who seem not to warrant it? What changes occur when a person endures a major loss? What steps can readers take to prepare their own loved ones for their inevitable deaths? This last question is echoed throughout the volume by Green's frequent invocations of Randy Pausch's 2008 bestseller, The Last Lecture, in which that author makes exactly this kind of life summation for his children to consult after his death. Green's work sensitively elaborates on the larger questions raised by Pausch's book, using end-of-chapter discussion questions to help readers examine their own behavior at key moments. 'Each of us is likely to confront at some point in our lives the choice to be merciful or not,' Green writes at one point, following it up with the question: 'When you have punished someone in the past, how could the outcome and consequences have been improved through mercy?' These questions, as well as his many citations of modern motivational and spiritual authors, give this guide a very inviting conversational feel, a sense that Green is helping rather than merely lecturing. His reminders to readers to remember their blessings especially when times seem darkest will likely speak directly to those dealing with loss. A soulful exploration of the way humans love and how they cope with death." -- Kirkus Reviews
“Ernest Becker wrote, ‘Of all things that move man, one of his principle ones is fear of death.’ Indeed, denial of death has a huge impact on grief. Questions of the Spirit begins a much-needed process of asking questions that go to the heart of our denial of death and the defense systems that we erect over a lifetime. This thoughtful book provides an existential approach to grief support while honestly exploring our greatest mystery.”
“Questions of the Spirit is a beautiful and transcendent book for all ages. I was overwhelmed by the feeling of a comforting spiritual presence, which grew as the book plunged deeply into the great existential questions of life. This book is also of crucial importance for the Boomer generation. Always a questioning generation, Boomers have now entered the most spiritual life-stage as they resolve their purpose and meaning and work out their own spirituality. This is precisely the book to help them navigate through these issues and, for many, a lifetime of accumulated grief.”