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Into the Dark for Gold

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Les Rhodes

320 pages
7 x 5 in.
ISBN 978-0831400880
$16.95 paperback

This book offers a wonderfully revealing glimpse of Les Rhode's travels into the experience and meaning of chronic illness. Anyone living through long term adversity may find valuable insights in these short, powerful essays about this rare woman's quest to embrace the depths of her life, her dreams, and her early-onset Parkinson's Disease.

The wisdom here speaks to anyone whose spirit includes the capacity for self-discovery and awe. As she writes in her preface, "Although this book deals with my process around my condition, I intended it to speak to any who struggle with adversity and long to transform personal sorrow and pain into a process of spiritual growth."

Les Rhodes, M.A., is an experienced educator, writer, and psychotherapist. A certified Family Life educator and clinical member of AAMFT, she has taught part-time at Duke University and at Appalachian State U. In 1998 she received the Living Treasure Award from Avanta, the Virginia Satir network.

"From time to time, I find an extraordinary book that stops my world. The eloquent, passionate, and often mystical story of Les Rhodes shows how we may journey daily into the darkness of an illness, of life itself, and yet emerge continually transformed and open to new experiences of love, joy, and inspiration."
- Bud Harris, Ph.D., Jungian analyst, author of Like Gold Through Fire and The Father Quest

"By transforming her chronic illness into personal meaning, love, compassion, healing and growth, Les Rhodes ... inspires us to dig deeply for the nuggets of gold buried in our bodies and psyches. This book is a must for anyone (everyone) whose life has changed because of a serious challenge."
- Ilana Rubenfeld, creator of Rubenfeld Synergy® and author of The Listening Hand

"Les Rhodes was a wise, generous, and loving woman before her illness ... made her a sage. Reading this book takes guts - and makes us yearn to be in her presence."
- Belinda Novik, Ph.D., psychologist

... with open arms [she] guides us through the hidden depths of her soul and lifts us with her to ecstatic heights."
- DeWitt L. Myers, Th.M., Pastoral Counselor

Copyright 2000 Science and Behavior Books

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