Providence: The Story of a Fifty-Year Vision Quest

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From the Inside Flap : Providence is Quinn's fascinating memoir of his life-long spiritual voyage. Buy New Learn more about this copy. Other Popular Editions of the Same Title.

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Bantam, Hardcover. Quinn received a full scholarship to St.

Louis University because of his writing, though left after two years to devote his life to his religion, by becoming a Trappist monk at age nineteen. As a postulant at the monastery, Quinn decided after a troublesome moment at the monastery, involving a miscommunication with a novice , that he had to either completely submit his will to that of God or else he had to leave the monastery.

Providence: The Story of a Fifty Year Vision Quest

Summoning his strength, Quinn made the choice of submission to the complete guidance of God. The next time he stepped outside having been indoors for three entire weeks , Quinn experienced an unexpected moment of explosive, positive emotion, which he interpreted as infused contemplation , meaning utter centeredness on God: a feeling he describes as a "rage of joy.

Quinn told an incredulous Merton of this amazing experience, but was soon discharged from the monastery by Merton, who attributed the reason for Quinn's dismissal to the recent results of a Rorschach test. Quinn was crushed by his expulsion and began to see a psychoanalyst , as recommended by Merton. Quinn continued with his lifelong inability to understand his own sexuality, largely since his father always assumed him to be homosexual and because his current therapist thought him unready to be in any serious relationships.

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Quinn, however, soon married a woman who later left him for another man. During this whole time, Quinn continued to struggle with his self-destructive need to be perfect.

When Quinn talked to a priest who claimed to worry more about people than rules, Quinn's religious worldview began to crumble and he abandoned the faith. Quinn briefly mentions the failure of his second marriage and his own willing movement toward going back to psychotherapy.

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Quinn began to realize in therapy that his entire technique with social situations was to merely trick others into thinking he was worth knowing, while he actually believed himself valueless. One day, however, he was idly making a list of all his valuable attributes when he suddenly realized that he did not need to try to fake his personality in front of people; he did not need to be perfect—merely human.

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I cannot wait to read everything else he has to offer, and purchase as many books for my personal collection as I can so that I may pass them onto others. Daniel Quinn. Jun 13, Kayla rated it it was amazing. Not temporarily. For them, it was old and boring.

Quinn explains that this newfound insight gave him the courage to ask out his future and current wife, Rennie, on their first date. Quinn then delivers his most recent understanding of learning and education, notably including the idea that formal education is an unnecessary social institution, since children learn automatically by following the behaviors of fellow members of their culture and by pursuing their own innate interests which rigidly-structured public schools largely stop from happening. Providence is an insightful book that address issues of education, psychology, religion, science, marriage, and self-understanding, and will give insight to anyone who has ever struggled to forge and enact a personal spirituality.

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