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The Road of the Heart's Desire An Essay on the Cycles of Story and Song by John S. Dunne

The Road of the Heart's Desire An Essay on the Cycles of Story and Song


The Road of the Heart's Desire An Essay on the Cycles of Story and Song by John S. Dunne

The Road of the Heart's Desire focuses on the emergence of the human race and the individual from an undifferentiated oneness and the return of the individual to the human community and to reflective and differentiated oneness with God. Dunne expresses this reunion through music and language. Thinking of the human essence, we can discern in story and song a double emergence and separation, that of the human race and that of the individual, he writes. Dunne traces four cycles of story and song: the unity of all things, an emergence and separation of the human race, the emergence of the individual, and finally a reunion of humanity with all in all. The road of the heart's desire is the path each person takes toward this reunion.


John S. Dunne is a Catholic theologian who really does understand what it means to listen and discern the voice of God. - Newsweek Dunne is one of our finest writers of spiritual literature. His intellectual breadth alone marks his work as significant. His poetic style prompts slow and careful reading... John Dunne offers nourishment to which we can return often. - Denise Carmody Santa Clara University

About the Author

John S. Dunne is the John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of more than fifteen books including Reading the Gospel and The Mystic Road of Love, both published by the University of Notre Dame Press. Dunne has won numerous awards and has been a visiting professor at Yale University and Oxford University.

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Publication date

30th November 2002


John S. Dunne

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University of Notre Dame Press


160 pages


Christian spirituality & religious experience



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