Heart and Mind: The Four-Gospel Journey for Radical Transformation: Second Edition
In this fresh lens, each gospel account is more than a telling of Jesus' life and words. Each is the story of a practice in response to a core life question:
The four traditional gospels are more than the sum of their parts. In the sequence of early Christianity’s Sunday reading cycle, the four become the great map of a universal journey - one of love, growth and transformation.
The Four-Gospel Journey is the pattern of the living, here and now Christ - a pattern within the Cosmos, in everything and across all time. To make this universal journey with another or a small community - see the Heart and Mind Community Guides. The Guides follow the book. There is one guide for each of the four paths, as well as one to prepare for the journey, and another on the eight core practices of Quadratos.
Praise for Heart and Mind
"In 'Heart and Mind' Dr. Shaia gives us back our central sacred text – the four gospels – not as conflicted and faulty historical records, but as a vibrant, luminous path of transformation. He reveals The Four-Gospel Journey as a living guide, re-centering human life on wisdom, compassion, and service, rooted in a mystical relationship with Christ. And the potential for this living guide is already becoming manifest, as individuals, groups and entire communities are using it all over the world... and the word is spreading." Marc Andrus, Episcopal Bishop of Diocese of California
"This book enriches prayer. Every word is delicious." Mpho Tutu, Author, Director of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation
"This is a stunning book. You won't read the gospels the same way ever again. You won't think about your life the same way again. Anthropology, psychology, the heroes journey, the Bible: fear, struggle, hope, bravery, anticipation, euphoria, return – it's all here in this masterful work, by one of my favorite teachers-guides-gurus-leader-village elder – Alexander Shaia. Rob Bell, NYT bestselling author of "What We Talk About, When We Talk About God", "Love Wins" and "What Is The Bible?"
"Alexander Shaia has uncovered an archetypal pattern embedded in the four gospels which embraces all we know to date about human development and the psychological processes involved in spiritual transformation. What C. G. Jung called individuation. He skillfully weaves together many strands from inter-related disciplines, including history, tradition, liturgy, scriptural exegesis and analytical psychology. His resulting synthesis, Quadratos and the way it embraces the psycho-spiritual interface, will resonate with seekers young and old, longing to embrace the message of Jesus the Christ in a way which addresses the realities of living in the 21st century.
It is one of the most important books I have read in a long while. One which will give renewed hope to many people suffering under the apparent 'irrelevance' of institutional Christianity. It is timely and essential reading for all those seeking to rediscover the 'Heart and Mind' of Jesus the Christ – 'beauty ever ancient, ever new.'" Joy Ryan-Bloore, Jungian Analyst, Christchurch, Aotearoa, NZ