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  • Paperback: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway (1 Aug. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0717132366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0717132362
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 821,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Who but Matthew Fox--former Dominican priest and author of countless influential books such as Original Blessing and The Reinvention of Work, who was silenced by the Vatican for his controversial statements about Creation Spirituality, and today an Episcopal priest--would combine rave dance with religious Mass? And who else would now attempt such a distillation of the world's religions as this book brings us? Combining writings from a breadth of spiritual traditions, Fox employs the idea of "Deep Ecumenism" which he has explored in a series of books going back to The Coming of the Cosmic Christ in 1989. Fox focuses on four categories of spiritual inquiry: how we relate to creation, to divinity, to ourselves and how we relate to the future. He sees these categories flowing through all spiritual tradition. One section explores issues of service and compassion, justice and "spiritual warriorhood." Others discuss meditation, art, ritual and sexuality. Foxconcludes with "18 New Myths and Visions" whichsummarises his central message.

Simplicity and clarity are the goals of this book, and to achieve this, Fox weaves his own terse commentary through a series of quotations drawn from a myriad traditions. While the author may be criticised by some for making easy connections between traditions, the book well serves its purpose as a kind of primer for Deep Ecumenism. It will be especially useful for those new to such ideas, and to those who might otherwise never have met Hildegard of Bingen and Julian of Norwich, Hafiz, and the Sufi Ibn Arabi--not to mention Thomas Aquinas, physicist Werner Heisenberg, and geologist Thomas Berry--all sharing each other's company. --Doug Thorpe --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Matthew Fox is one of the most important religious thinkers and teachers of our time. His theology of Creation Spirituality has revived the faith of countless seekers. Formerly a member of the Dominican Order, he is now an Episcopal priest and founder of the University of Creation Spirituality in California. He is the author of more than twenty books including 'Sins of the Spirit, Blessing of the Flesh'.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Erika Borsos on 7 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
This book by Matthew Fox is a wealth of information derived from many sources, the Old and New Testaments (Bible), the Koran, the Vedas, African religious traditions, Native American, Celtic sources, and Buddhism. Writing it must have been a huge undertaking but amazingly, the information flows *naturally* as it reveals the outpouring of Spirit in the lives of mankind throughout the world and over the millenia. Many of the experiences described are words which attempt to capture Divinity at work through particular individuals, societies, and their outcomes. The book is an *essential* exploration of mankind's relationship to each other, community, the earth, and the cosmos. It is an exploration of the meaning of Life itself. Like a previous reviewer, I had difficulty getting started. Initially, I tried reading it straight through but could not. Gradually, at different times, glancing at the chapters, I felt a surge of energy. The ideas and concepts explored by the author set my emotions and mind at ease. Eventually, I was able to "plunge in" and "swim" through the material with relative ease.
The book is divided into five sections, "Relating to Creation", "Relating to Divinity", "Relating to Ourselves: Paths to Encounter and Enlightenment", "Relating to the Future: What the Divine is Asking of Us", and "Where Do We Go from Here? How Deep Ecumenism Explodes our Imaginations with Eighteen New Myths and Visions". Each section has further subdivisions where the author expands on specific themes, such as, Creation, Light, Community, the Names of God, Form, Formlessness, Nothingness, the Divine Feminine, Meditation, Mindfulness, Art and Ritual, Joy, Suffering, and Dying, Resurrection and Reincarnation, the Spiritual Warrior and other topics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hikmati Hunzai on 28 July 2011
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The are thousands of books on the subject chosen by Mathew Fox,most of them being the result of a God gifted inspiration to acquire the true knowledge,which becomes available only once a certain distance is covered by hard work and indeed that is beyond the borders of our usual day to day type routine knowledge of science and arts. However, what Mathew Fox shows is much more than all such books. He shows us glimpses of the pure valleys of realities ,inspiring our hearts so much towrds them that we start loving them ,we plan to set out our journeys towards those highest valleys.
Knowledge in various forms is now a common commodity in the present day world ,you just need clicking the buttons of your key board to get all kinds of knowlegde instantly . But Realities -the last destinations of all knowledge still remain hidden and away requiring us to reach to them with certain conditions like have peity ,sincerety,pure love and above all the wishes of the Master of all Realities. Knowlege keeps on changing but relities are unchanged, all knowlegde is derived from the source of realities.
One River Many Wells is a collection of pearls from the knowlede flowing from the source of all realities but still it is not all reality itself ,it is a book of knowlege of God Himself but the Highest and Purest occain of Realities, The LIMLITLESS sea of LIGHT of Realities is only PERCEIVEABLE at different levels to different individuals but cannot be written. I believe Mathew my co-traveller has been touched by the Most High and has been Enlightened by Him Himself- only then you can write such a book.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
As complete a tome of spiritual knowledge possible 12 Dec. 2000
By M. B. Tankersley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Matthew Fox has outdone himself with this work, taking similar themes from the works of mystics spanning diverse traditions. To those who are regular consumers of Fox's writings, this compellation provides a "Bible" for his idea of "Deep Ecumenism". It is as complete a tome of humanity's spiritual knowledge that I have seen on the bookshelf. The best part- Fox has included sources not just from typical religious sources, but from science and literature as well.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
The Universal Church of God. 20 Sept. 2004
By Butch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Fox is giving the hounds of the status quo a run for their money with this near encyclopedic outline about fighting the good fight. Those with an open mind and heart will find much food for thoughtful contemplation here. Fox admits his book is in no way complete. That it is meant to be suggestive of what future Scriptures will and must contain; wisdom from all Wisdom traditions, a bias in favor of what we have in common; a religious humility that lets traditions other than our own speak for themselves; a use of primary sources; God as experience, not doctrine... Fox succeeds in his stated goal.

This book is an encouragement for fighting the good fight. For becoming a spiritual warrior. Anyone can be a soldier telling the Emperor or their Priest or their Boss what he or she wants to hear. Being a warrior means taking a stand. A warrior has a dignity a soldier never realizes. The warrior fights his holy wars with internal enemies before going on any external jihad. The enemies of personal pride and greed and such. Anyone can be a brute, or a terrorist, in the name of God or Country. Fox points out that even in Islam there is a distinction between a lesser and a greater jihad. The greater jihad being that struggle against one's own demons. As the Sufi mystic Hafiz states, battle without love, can render a person mad. As I like to say, it does not matter what a person believes if they don't have love in their heart.

With that said, "One River, Many Wells" is well worth the read. It is a very good outline to work from regarding one's own spiritual journey. Fox brings to light what Meister Eckhart said 700 years ago, "God is like a great underground river." Thus "One River, Many Wells" is short for One Underground River (Source, God), Many sacred Wells-religious traditions. Again, as I like to say, God speaks to anyone that will listen. To meditate is to dig one's own sacred well. Be still and know that I am God. There are no atheists in Foxholes.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Diverse Paths but One Experience 31 Dec. 2005
By Erika Borsos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book by Matthew Fox is a wealth of information derived from many sources, the Old and New Testaments (Bible), the Koran, the Vedas, African religious traditions, Native American, Celtic sources, and Buddhism. Writing it must have been a huge undertaking but amazingly, the information flows *naturally* as it reveals the outpouring of Spirit in the lives of mankind throughout the world and over the millenia. Many of the experiences described are words which attempt to capture Divinity at work through particular individuals, societies, and their outcomes. The book is an *essential* exploration of mankind's relationship to each other, community, the earth, and the cosmos. It is an exploration of the meaning of Life itself. Like a previous reviewer, I had difficulty getting started. Initially, I tried reading it straight through but could not. Gradually, at different times, glancing at the chapters, I felt a surge of energy. The ideas and concepts explored by the author set my emotions and mind at ease. Eventually, I was able to "plunge in" and "swim" through the material with relative ease.

The book is divided into five sections, "Relating to Creation", "Relating to Divinity", "Relating to Ourselves: Paths to Encounter and Enlightenment", "Relating to the Future: What the Divine is Asking of Us", and "Where Do We Go from Here? How Deep Ecumenism Explodes our Imaginations with Eighteen New Myths and Visions". Each section has further subdivisions where the author expands on specific themes, such as, Creation, Light, Community, the Names of God, Form, Formlessness, Nothingness, the Divine Feminine, Meditation, Mindfulness, Art and Ritual, Joy, Suffering, and Dying, Resurrection and Reincarnation, the Spiritual Warrior and other topics. Each theme is given a thorough examination connecting many different cultural viewpoints and providing unique insights. The author's vast experience in the realm or religion and personal enlightenment, along with his courage to tackle controversial subjects is greatly appreciated and admired.

The author's vision for mankind is very broad and inclusive ... he sees beyond the barriers of dogmatic belief, ritual, and any other differences that separate people. He gets down to *personal* experiences as expressed by the Great Spirit of Life in the vast expanse of time both from the past, in the present and future. The subject is spiritual expression in the lives of humanity and how the many different ideas and experiences have only One source. This is a very highly recommended book for anyone who is interested in comparative religions and spirituality. Also recommended is "One Heart" by Bonnie Louise Kuchler. Her book is an excellent source of quotations and meditations from different religions and spiritual practices. It is a less complex but similar work. Many readers who find Matthew Fox too deep would benefit from her book. Erika Borsos (erikab93)
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
FINDING IT ALL IN ONE PLACE 3 Sept. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I had a difficult time getting started in this book. I'd picked it up and put it down several times. But once into it, it was a pleasant surprise. I read about spiritual matters and paths of every religion and each reading talks of it's own spicific area of knowledge and experience. But Matthew Fox picks a subject and covers it from all angles, Jewish, Catholic, Islamic, Hindu, Buddist, Native American, African American, even the Celtic and the Goddess. It's a great book and a great read. And then you know why you like to study them all.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Inspiring 22 Jan. 2014
By D. J. Lenahan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am using this book as the foundation reading for a women's group that has been meeting for 8 years, and all eleven of us love it.
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