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Grammar for the Soul : Using Language for Personal Change - Lawrence A. Weinstein

Grammar for the Soul

Using Language for Personal Change

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Published: 1st April 2008
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"A witty meditation on the ways in which grammar can improve morale, bolster confidence, and provide an invigorating spiritual workout" -O, The Oprah Magazine "Grammar for the Soul is an entirely fresh, amusing, and authentic approach to spirituality. Expressing ourselves through language creates the way that we sculpt reality...and allow ourselves to be sculpted by it. If you read just one book this year, let this be the one. I loved it!" -Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of Your Soul's Compass and Minding the Body, Mending the Mind In this wise and charming book, Lawrence Weinstein explores how self-expression reveals the psyche and how changing language can change lives. In chapters like "Tolerating Ambiguity" and "Getting Out of One's Own Way," he describes how the proper use of an element of punctuation or syntax, even the simple reversal of an object and subject, can help one become a whole human being. Clear examples, amusing anecdotes, and telling quotes support Weinstein's technique for teaching self-improvement through improved grammar.

"A witty meditation on the ways in which grammar can improve morale, bolster confidence, and provide an invigorating spiritual workout" --"O, The Oprah Magazine" ""Grammar for the Soul" is an entirely fresh, amusing, and authentic approach to spirituality. Expressing ourselves through language creates the way that we sculpt reality...and allow ourselves to be sculpted by it. If you read just one book this year, let this be the one. I loved it!" --Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of "Your Soul's Compass" and "Minding the Body, Mending the Mind" "Lawrence Weinstein confirms what we literary types have always known inour hearts: grammar equals virtue." --Anne Fadiman, author of "Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader" and "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down" "This book is a true gem -- finely honed, deeply reflective, and lit from within. It brought the wonder of language back to me, but that was only the beginning. Weinstein's mini-essays are sensual, provocative, filled with stunning new insights about turning written expression into a transformational quest. He demonstrates how any humble paragraph, when blessed with exquisite attention, can become a perfect prayer."--Raphael Cushnir, author of "Unconditional Bliss, How Now," and "The One Thing Holding You Back" "In "Grammar for the Soul," Weinstein coaches us not only on how to write, but on how to live. With wit, mischief, and wisdom, he shows us the inner workings of the English language so we can unlock our best selves. Strunk and White, move over!" --Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, scholar, Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco; author of "Kabbalah: A Love Story"

Introductionp. 1
Bootstrap Grammar - Taking Life in Handp. 7
Getting Noticed: Colonsp. 9
Energy: Transitive Verbs in the active Voicep. 13
Wherewithal: Prepositionsp. 18
Doing What Works: Anomalous Commas and Beyondp. 20
Lack of Time: The Imperativep. 25
Grammar for Creative Passivityp. 29
Getting Out of One's Own Way: Passive Voicep. 32
The Latent Repertoire: Triple-Spacingp. 36
Hybrid: Blessingp. 40
Grammar for Belongingp. 43
Touch: Many Elementsp. 46
Communication: Commas, Quotation Marks, Modifiers, Pronounsp. 52
Bonding: Ellipsesp. 57
Being Correct: Apostrophesp. 61
Compromise: "They" - Made Singularp. 65
Trust: Exclamation Marks, Italics, Intensifiersp. 71
Generosity: Semicolons, Cumulative Sentencesp. 75
Friends in the Graveyard: Present Tensep. 80
Grammar for Freedomp. 85
Modeling I-Statementsp. 88
Using E-Primep. 91
Shifting into Past Tensep. 95
Our Linguistic Limitsp. 98
Grammar to Restore the Egop. 101
Fulcrum: "But"p. 103
Grammar, Thing of Beauty: Sentence Length and Repetition, among Other Thingsp. 105
Grammar for Mindfulnessp. 111
Speaking Without Feigning Certainty: Part I: Avoiding the Third-Person Omniscientp. 115
Speaking Without Feigning Certainty: Part II: Emily Dickinson's Dashesp. 118
Checking Preoccupation: Future Tense and Adverbial Provisosp. 121
A Digression on the Spiritual Value of Dictionariesp. 125
Tolerating Ambiguity: "And"p. 129
Codap. 133
Acknowledgmentsp. 135
Sourcesp. 139
Indexp. 150
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780835608657
ISBN-10: 0835608654
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 155
Published: 1st April 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.32