THE HIDDEN POWER OF THE GOSPELS
The Groundbreaking Book That Reveals the Two-Thousand-Year-Old Message Hidden within the Gospels (www.quadratos.com)
Christianity is in crisis. Increasing numbers of people are opting out. Why? Have recent discoveries in archaeology uprooted our faith in the Bible? Do the gospels no longer serve our modern, complicated lives?
In THE HIDDEN POWER OF THE GOSPELS (February 2010; HarperOne), Dr. Alexander Shaia moves beyond the typical approach to unveil an undiscovered truth thats been dormant for over one thousand years. Combining ancient Christian traditions, anthropology, and modern psychology, Shaia reveals what has been in front of our eyes for two thousand years: that each gospel is centered on a different core metaphor and each focuses on a vital spiritual question.
Matthew begins with the question: How do we face change?
Mark poses the hard question of: How do we move through suffering?
John stirs and elevates the soul as he asks: How do we receive joy?
And Luke moves us forward on the practical path, as he inquires, How do we mature in service?
By using this lens, the gospels become practical guides for creating faith-filled lives that are relevant and useful in a time that is much more complex than village life a millennium ago. In the sequence Dr. Shaia discloses, the gospels become the map for our never-ending spiritual and psychological journey.
ALEXANDER J. SHAIA, PH.D., is an educator, psychologist, spiritual director, liturgist, writer, passionate professional speaker and practicing Christian. He is the founder and director of the Blue Door Retreat in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Shaia travels internationally, lecturing and conducting workshops on the four-gospel journey of quadratos, psychotherapy, rites of passage and Christian meditation and spirituality.
MICHELLE GAUGY is a writer and the owner of a large art gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is also the former president of the Awakening Museum and Foundation, and interfaith center of spiritual art.