Finding Jesus, Discovering Self

Finding Jesus, Discovering Self: Passages to Healing & Wholeness

“William Dols and Caren Goldman offer us space, warmth, and nourishment. The authors highlight key stories in the life of Jesus by drawing upon their own candid autobiographies, skillfully posed questions linked with imaginative exercises, and artfully chosen readings.” —Robert Owens Scott, Founding Editor Spirituality And Health magazine


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“Using the story of Jesus as an archetype, Finding Jesus, Discovering Self is an invitation to self-exploration that integrates personal stories, psychological and spiritual insights, poetry and literature. A rich resource for individual readers and groups—for any who seek to understand their own life-journey more fully and deeply.” —Marcus Borg, bestselling author of Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time and The Heart of Christianity

“[Finding Jesus, Discovering Self] allows me as a Jewish reader to learn from the life of a great spiritual leader who has been historically off-limits to Jews.” –Rabbi Bruce Bromberg Seltzer, Chaplain, Smith College; Religious Advisor, Amherst College; and Director, Smith/Amherst Hillel

“A stunning and perceptive book!” —John Shelby Spong, author of The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible’s Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love

“William Dols and Caren Goldman offer us space, warmth, and nourishment. The authors highlight key stories in the life of Jesus by drawing upon their own candid autobiographies, skillfully posed questions linked with imaginative exercises, and artfully chosen readings.” —Robert Owens Scott, Director Trinity Institute & Founding Editor Spirituality And Health magazine.

“An autobiographical exegesis that is capable of transforming those who participate in it. I could scarcely put it down.” ––Dr. Walter Wink, author of Engaging the Powers and The Human Being

“Goldman and Dols offer more than a sensitive understanding of the Jew from Nazareth; they offer a courageous, poetic, and profound understanding of humanity’s brokenness and isolation, and our potentials for healing and wholeness.” —Amy-Jill Levine, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, Vanderbilt University Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion

“Imagine an original approach to the quest for the figure of Jesus that invites its readers to enter the quest not only to seek Jesus but to discover themselves in a process that brings together the eternal and the experiential. Combining their gifts and graces, Caren Goldman and Bill Dols do just that.  Every page of this remarkable study discloses new resources for continuing this journey.” ––William R. Herzog II, Sallie Knowles Crozer Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester, New York

“Goldman and Dols are spiritual alchemists who have turned dusty, tied messages into gold.  This volume will help anyone re-grow their spiritual roots and emerge stronger, more fulfilled, and more connected with the divine. Their message crosses all religious boundaries. In a world seething with fundamentalist hatred, nothing could be more important.”  —Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Beyond the Body, Reinventing Medicine and Healing Words: Prayer and the Practice of Medicine

“Powerful nourishment for lives of integrity, faith and work in our own day.” —Edwin M. Yoder Jr., author of Telling Others What to Think: Recollections of a Pundit.

“A fresh approach to the Jesus story that will appeal to spiritual seekers who have learned that truth cannot be equated with facts. A great study course for a group of open-minded people interested in making sense out of the life of Jesus and out of their own lives.” —James Rowe Adams, author of From Literal to Literary: The Essential Reference Book for Biblical Metaphors

“Drawing on the insights of humanism and depth psychology, the authors give us the tools we need to explore the archetypal meanings of sacred scripture and to find and embrace the questions that can change our lives.” ––Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, author of Holy Hunger and Christ’s Passion, Our Passions

“Finding Jesus, Discovering Self offers a remarkably rich, authentic, and inspiring way to work (and walk) with the stories of Jesus. Its combining of the gospel narratives with fearless inquiry, strong confessional voices, and resonant amplifications from poetry, literature, and film speaks to the heart and demonstrates the breadth of the Holy Spirit.” –E. H. Rick Jarow, Associate Professor of Religion, Vassar College

“This is a book that gives the reader permission to stop longer than a moment, to imagine treasures buried around us and within us, to explore intriguing thoughts that once flew by, and to gain a breathless perspective for living a full life.” —The Rt. Rev. William E. Swing, Episcopal Bishop of California

“If you read this book once, as you should, it will find a permanent place on your bookshelf. To say the least it is a religious treasure trove, filled with memorable quotations that go deep, literature that opens up the gospel texts which anchor the volume.” –The Rev. Earl K. Holt III, Minister, King’s Chapel, Boston

“Finding Jesus, Discovering Self is a deep well of refreshing water for the seeker, the believer, the preacher and the person in the pew. The stories, reflections, and questions offered by Caren Goldman and Bill Dols engage the mind, body, spirit and soul.” —The Very Rev. Tracey Lind, author of Interrupted by God: Glimpses from the Edge and Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio

“William Dols and Caren Goldman give diverse communities of faith a remarkable new way of encountering the Jesus of the scriptures. An invaluable resource to those of us working in multi-faith contexts.” ––Jennifer L. Walters, Dean of Religious Life, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts

“Profound in its psychological and spiritual insight and full of compelling human stories, this book offers a wealth of reflections and penetrating questions to last a lifetime.” –Rev. D. Andrew Kille, PhD, editor of Bible Workbench and author of Psychological Biblical Criticism

“Walks you through the biblical story and helps you to see your own likeness in it. Whether you’re trying to find your voice, licking your wounds, or just trying to make the next decision about how to live your life, this is the book to help you live into that likeness.” ––Ana Hernandez, author of The Sacred Art of Chant

“Blend together the Wisdom of Jesus, the psychological insights of Carl Jung, the integration of Elizabeth Boyden Howes, and the lively experience of the authors and the results are the book in your hands.” ––John Beverley Butcher, author of The Tao of Jesus and Telling the Untold Stories

“An ideal companion: clear, compassionate, celebratory, and unique.” –Nina Frost, president of The Vocare Group and author of Soul Mapping