Bishop Paul-Gordon Chandler to publish new book

In Search of a Prophet: A Spiritual Journey with Kahlil Gibran | With a Foreword by Bishop Michael Curry

Rowman & Littlefield
Posted Mar 15, 2023

On April 15, 2023 Wyoming Bishop Paul-Gordon Chandler will publish a special new paperback edition of IN SEARCH OF A PROPHET: A Spiritual Journey with Kahlil Gibran, which includes a Foreword by Bishop Michael Curry, in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the publishing of Kahlil Gibran’s best-selling book The Prophet. The book will be published by Rowman & Littlefield, the largest independent publishing house in the US.

In Search of a Prophet is a fascinating journey through the spiritual life of Kahlil Gibran, the great Lebanese-American poet and author of The Prophet, a book originally published in 1923 that has sold over 10 million copies and been translated into dozens of languages. Capturing our imaginations and enriching our spirits, Paul-Gordon Chandler explores this beloved writer and artist, a celebrated mystic who sought to build bridges and tear down walls and who remains a cultural icon among all people of goodwill.

About the book, the publisher Rowman & Littlefield says, “This is not a traditional biography but a compelling spiritual journey through Gibran’s writings, art, and the places he lived. From Gibran’s birthplace village high in the snowy mountains of Lebanon, Chandler leads us through his immigration to Boston, art training in Paris, and career in New York, and to the far-reaching places of influence his writings and art have traveled, alerting readers to Gibran’s continuing relevance for today.”

In the Foreword by Bishop Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, writes, “This book opens to us Gibran’s spiritual journey of depth and breadth, offering our day much needed wisdom and guidance. And it can’t help but challenge us all. . . I encourage you to read this book with an open heart, allow room for transformation and embrace the way of love.”

About the book, Reza Aslan, New York Times best-selling author of the recently published An American Martyr in Persia: The Epic Life and Tragic Death of Howard Baskerville, says; “Paul-Gordon Chandler takes us on a profound spiritual journey into the life and work of one of the most famous and beloved poets, Kahlil Gibran, showing us how this timeless poet is a much-needed guide for our times.  In his hands, Kahlil Gibran becomes an intimate friend.”

In his Preface in the book, Bishop Chandler, who has spent much of his life in the Middle East, shares, “I have been struck by how little people know, even those who have been profoundly influenced by Gibran’s writings, about him, let alone of his life’s spiritual journey. This was why I first decided to write this book… I believe more than ever that Gibran can be an unparalleled spiritual guide for our time… Gibran’s timeless message, focusing us on an eternal essence, continues to cross cultural and religious divides, East and West, and can speak to readers just as much today as during his lifetime.”

In Search of a Prophet is a journey through the all-embracing nature of Kahlil Gibran. Bishop Chandler leads the reader to the far-reaching places of influence of Gibran writings, from Lebanon to Mexico City, capturing their imaginations and enriching their spirits. Delving into Gibran’s writings—both famous and lesser-known—he breathes life into this captivating poet-artist who moved beyond religion to the core of universal spirituality.

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