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You may want to consider reading our latest publication: The Road from Empire to Eco-Democracy. David Korten and Charlene Spretnak have endorsed this book.
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And you may want to hear a 25.29 minute talk by Gene Marshall on his newest book
The Enigma of Consciousness (Hear it on this site. Click Enigma.)
As a nonprofit organization, Realistic Living is focused on enabling fresh communities of Christian nurture and recovering the personal meaning of the great words of Christian heritage: God, faith, love, freedom, sin, grace, Holy Spirit, cross, resurrection, Christ.
To hear about our approach to this recovery, click the triangular button below and listen to a brief radio interview with Gene Marshall conducted by Lynn Carlson, a pastor in Bloomington, Indiana.
If you are open to profound religious renewal, Christian or otherwise, you need these two books by Gene W. Marshall in your library:
The 2003 Classic
of the Awe
The experience of Awe is explored as the key to both understanding Christian heritage and conducting fruitful interreligious dialogue. Even if we are not fully aware of it, each of us lives in a land of mystery with rushing rivers of freedom, imposing mountains of care, and wild seas of tranquility. This land of mystery penetrates the land of ordinary living at every point. Awe is our experience of this ever-present Eternity. This book is for all inquirers into the depths of being human.
The 2009 sequel
This book is about coming home to Reality as movement from identification with our personality habits to identification with our essential Spirit nature of Trust, Love, and Freedom. The enneagram analysis of personalities is used to assist us in our Spirit journey. Also described is the role that community plays in the Christian nurture of our solitary journey. We recommend Jacob’s Dream as both a devotional book for solitary time and a study book for small group life.
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Gene Marshall has a long history of participation in Christian renewal and interreligious dialogue. In 1952 he made a decision to leave a mathematics career and attend seminary at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas. In 1962 he joined a religious order of families, the Order:Ecumenical, and became a teacher and lecturer of Spirit topics, traveling across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia. These trips included a study of world cultures and religions and efforts to witness to the Christian breakthrough in the medium of these various cultures. In 1983 he began publishing books and essays.
Joyce Marshall did her university training in music and education with a deep passion for literature and feminine values. She is an avid reader of fiction and nonfiction books, and she reviews the best of them for the Realistic Living Journal which is published semiannually. She has been teaching theology and religious methods since 1974, as well as attending numerous religious workshops and retreats. She is one of the few living teachers of an innovative drama method called EcoTheater. She uses her drama and musical skills to lead a theater troupe in local performances.
Alan Richard has
20 years of experience as an activist and community organizer, 15 years
of experience as a published behavioral health researcher, and 10 years
of experience managing large behavioral health programs. He holds
a doctorate in Religion from Syracuse University, has designed and
taught courses in religion for lay people on topics such as existential
Christianity and new monasticism, and founded a Christian Resurgence
Circle “house church” in Houston, Texas. He is a contributor to
the Journal of Cultural and Religious Theory and continues to
participate actively in academic and lay conferences on theology and
ethics. He joined the staff of Realistic Living in 2010.