The gem you hold in your hands is the life of one man, a Christian Master, who had beginnings just like anyone else. Born into a large Catholic family, and emancipated as a teenager, Father Peter Bowes lived a life of rebellion and hope - rebelling against the limitations that hold most people from truly living their aspirations and hoping for something more. In the midst of marrying at a young age, parenting two children, starting numerous businesses, and completing a doctorate in psychology, Father Peter's strivings centered around spiritual growth and discovery. In 1974, at the age of 23, he was ordained a minister, and in 1982, a Priest and Master Teacher. Since then, he has been unstoppable. This autobiography takes the reader from the beginning to now - when after recording 14 CDs and authoring six books, he travels weekly teaching God's love into people's hearts and experiences. The Way, the Truth and the Life, shows how the life of one man can be the salvation of many.
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Autobiography of a Chrstian Narcissist
Bland. Egocentric. Long-winded.
I would have cut the times when he speaks about mundane events in a mundane way.
There were parts of this book that were interesting. I confess that I did not finish all of it, but I did listen to the majority. Some of the details of the esoteric teachings were interesting, but in general I found him to be arrogant and cold. When he spoke of his family it seemed to be only in the way that they reflected upon himself.
I consider St. Francis of Assisi, Thomas Merton, Anthony De Mello, Meister Eckhart, and Mother Theresa to be Christian Masters, but not this man. I'm sure he is a truly decent person, but I was not impressed by his teaching, nor his capacity for love.
An Amazing True Spiritual Journey
I recommend it to everyone who enjoys books on spirituality. As a child, I read about the saints and wanted to be that connected with God, but it always seemed like a chance miracle, or too long ago, or requiring selling everything and moving to a far-away country to meditate or serve the poor. It didn't seem possible for regular people. As an adult I read books about how to grow spirituality, but they didn't seem to be as deep and devotional as the lives of the saints. This is the real-life story of an ordinary, contemporary man who develops his devotion to the point of seeing Jesus, hearing God, and teaching others to do the same. It's so absolutely real and down-to-earth, warts and all, it finally feels like there's a way for all of us. He describes the deep Christian path step-by-step, how to find help along the way, the difficulties and the joys.
The author holds nothing back, he exposes the most difficult and embarrassing moments of his life, with wit and humility. I especially appreciated his descriptions of his spiritual experiences; it is amazing to hear it directly in his words and voice. He often expresses his feelings in poetry, and later in music (so pay attention to the musical parts of his life early on) and it reveals his heart along the way.
I listened to this audiobook on my commute, and found myself being happy about traffic jams so I could spend more time in the story. There were places that moved me so deeply I had to turn it off and wait until I got home to listen to the section again. I could feel it awakening my own soul. It's quite a long book, and a full life, but it all turns out to be important to come together in a complete picture. His early life molds who he becomes later on, and out of the ordinary grows something extraordinary, which is beyond inspiring - he describes a way for the rest of us to actually get there too.