(With rock-bottom honesty, Carmody writes about the power ...)
With rock-bottom honesty, Carmody writes about the power of thinking, feeling, sharing, deciding, and praying, and of the joy that comes from fighting the good fight. Stocked full of everyday wisdom to help us make sense of a crisis and work through it, this just may be the most important book you'll ever read.
(John Carmody here offers 75 prayers forged in darkness an...)
John Carmody here offers 75 prayers forged in darkness and trouble. In the spirit of the biblical psalmist, he speaks openly to god, whether for blame or praise.
(These "psalms" have been positioned so that their regular...)
These "psalms" have been positioned so that their regular viewpoint is the end of life--serious illness, aging, death. In these "psalms" John Carmody demonstrates extraordinary insight into people whose "hourglass in running out"--people suffering from heart disease, terminal cancer, AIDs, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.
John Carmody worked at Wichita State University as a professor of religion during the 1980s. Later he became a senior research fellow at the University of Tulsa and later at Santa Clara University. Carmody sometimes shared authorship with his wife, Denise Lardner Carmody. He wrote one of his first books together with her. Contemporary Catholic Theology: An Introduction, was written during a period when he both taught at Kansas’s Wichita State University and tried to explain the development of Roman Catholic doctrine. After that, he wrote such books as Theology for the 1980s and Holistic Spirituality. Holistic Spirituality discusses the means by which the physical self and its responses are connected to the inner self.
In 1983, Carmody wrote The Heart of the Christian Matter: An Ecumenical Approach which demonstrates his modernist, non-denominational beliefs on theological topics. Contemporary philosophies also form the basis of Carmody's 1983 work Ecology and Religion: Toward a New Christian Theology of Nature. In 1992, Carmody was diagnosed with a deadly form of bone cancer. His next book, How to Handle Trouble: A Guide to Peace of Mind, strived to help others who might be experiencing a range of dilemmas, from everyday frustrations to the mortality-confronting situations such as his own.
Carmody’s final two works also explore a personal relationship with a higher being. Sadly, both appeared after his death. Carmody’s widow, Denise Lardner Carmody, wrote the foreword to his final work, God Is No Illusion: Meditations on the End of Life.
(With rock-bottom honesty, Carmody writes about the power ...)1993
(These "psalms" have been positioned so that their regular...)1997
(John Carmody here offers 75 prayers forged in darkness an...)1995
John Carmody argued that anthropocentrism, or the belief that humankind is the center of the universe and that other life forms are subordinate to it, is outdated and irrelevant to modern life.
With his illness, Carmody began to write on increasingly personal topics. He wrote of anger, the loss of friends, and the physical suffering, but much of Carmody’s insights deal with his faith in God, and his illness’s relation to it.
John Carmody married Denise Lardner. They had no children.