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There is healing too in
the reflections in the water,
and medicine in the ripples
and their widening rings.
Skirmishing birds do
inflame the situation.
They divert time, and
deprive the hours of
their slow passing.
But the depth folds the fury into
the trembling oneness of all things,
and holds out gently
to receive our sorrows.
The Courage of Being is set in Los Angeles. It is philosophical, lyrical, and transcendent, written in free modernistic verse. Blaze Pascal is a philosopher and broods on the brokenness of the world. He is drawn to a Platonic mysticism of truth, compassion for all beings, and the courage to be in the face of non-being. But he is a lonely old soul who loves music and dancing. He tells no one of his night visits to the big city, the city of music, movie stars, and mean streets. It is the tension between the bright road of philosophical reflection and the dark road of human desire that drives the novel forward. It is a novel of big ideas, East and West. It risks pushing the boundaries of mainstream expectations in astonishing ways.
Publication date: October 20, 2023
Paperback Pages: 396
Dimensions: 6.00 X 0.96 X 9.00 inches
Kenneth D. Stephens is originally from India, where he attended Christian missionary boarding schools in the Himalayas. He came to the United States to go to a theological seminary, after which he went on to do his Ph.D. in philosophy. He is the author of The Meaning of These Days: Memoir of a Philosophical Pastor (Wipf and Stock), Dark Night (Adelaide Books), and The Truth of the Skinny Fox (Adelaide Books). He is an active member of the African Wildlife Foundation, the Wilderness Society, and other environmental organizations, and resides on the outskirts of Los Angeles County.