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Sustaining Ecstasy
Dian Parker, author
Falling in love is dangerous. Is it real? Will it last? Can you trust it? Could this be just a lusty romance, destined to end? At 53, Dian Parker lives on her own land and is hardworking, talented, spiritual, and happily alone. Until she falls deeply in love. Everything she thought about herself crumbles in the wake of this new passion. She had thought she was successful, an independent strong woman, and confident. Instead, unresolved fears erupt from her past and doubt permeates her newly found bliss. In the midst of this powerful love, one woman faces herself head-on, determined to sustain the ecstasy she is experiencing, every single day for the rest of her life. A tale of courage and transformation, a modern-day Song of Songs and a bedside book for lovers, Sustaining Ecstasy fills you with gladness knowing extraordinary love really does exist as a possibility for us all. From the stages of London to the rugged coast of the Isle of Aran, from the desert sands of Syria to a yurt in the Pacific Northwest, Sustaining Ecstasy is one woman’s journey into the territory of ecstatic love.

Love and Life

By Ms. Castorp on May 17, 2014

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

In so many of the great love stories--Romeo and Juliet, Tristan and Isolde--the highest of earthly love leads to death, takes those who experience it away from life and existence on this earth. Lovers distance themselves from an earthly existence that seems somehow to have become too weak or faded or pale to support the greatest of passions. Eros is connected to the other-wordly, only able to be fulfilled in death because it is too great for life.
In her story, Dian Parker turns this view of love upside down. Her passion for another human being drives her towards life, not away from it--towards all of the pain and the beauty, towards a daily celebration of what it means to be a living human being on planet earth. To love another person, in her world, is most fully to be alive.
Sustaining Ecstasy is thus a celebration not only of love, but of life itself. The book reads sometimes like a sort of modern Song of Solomon, sometimes like a travelogue, sometimes like a meditation--always backed by wonder at human beings and the crazy things they do.