The Voice in the Stone

The Voice in the Stone

by David Irving


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The Voice in the Stone is a novel about the Dominican Priest Meister Eckhart (1260 to 1328), regarded by many scholars, theologians, and devotees as one of the great Christian medieval mystics and one of the most brilliant and important of all Christian thinkers.
Meister Eckhart was famous in his own lifetime as a preacher and spiritual leader who preached and taught in Germany and France. He was popular with the Beguines, a religious organization of primarily widowed women, many of whom were attracted to mysticism. One of Eckhart's highest priorities was to teach the ignorant and uneducated so that they could learn the art of living and dying. In this pursuit he gave his sermons in the common dialect which aroused considerable enmity from the clergy to whom Latin was the only appropriate language for giving sermons and who saw no reason for trying to lift the peasants out of their rut of poverty. In the year 1326 Meister Eckhart was charged with heresy by the Archbishop of Cologne, essentially on the grounds that he taught matters that could easily lead people astray. Meister Eckhart died during his trial. A year later, Pope John XXII condemned several of the Meister's writings as heretical whereupon they were removed from the church canon. The Meister was not alive to protest and his writings and good name were disgraced. Only in recent years has the church agreed with critics that Meister Eckhart was a good and orthodox theologian, though it has not lifted the official ban on his work.
The Voice in the Stone tells the story of Meister Eckhart's life and describes his central spiritual message of oneness with God and his methodology for achieving that union. Because so few personal facts about Meister Eckhart have survived, the author recounts his story through interactions with different characters as they engage in a series of adventures and brushes with the law in a society obsessed with the fear of heresy. The author uses Meister Eckhart's own writings for much of his spoken dialogue and for conveying his spiritual message.
The Voice in the Stone includes a short factual biography of Meister Eckhart's life and of the 700 year effort to keep his work alive after his death.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615937533
Publisher: Showalter Press
Publication date: 01/06/2014
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

About the Author

David Irving has written poetry, fairy tales, plays, short stories, essays, newspaper articles, magazine articles, and books. The Voice in the Stone is his first novel. In 2011 O-Books, an imprint of John Hunt Publishing, published his book The Protein Myth which has been endorsed by some of the top experts in the world in their respective fields. These include John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America and recipient of the Rachel Carson Award and the Peace Abbey's Courage of Conscience Award; Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease who President Clinton consulted in reversing his heart disease; and Dr. Samuel S. Epstein, author of The Politics of Cancer and recipient of the Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel prize), the 1998 Project Censored Award (Alternative Pulitzer Prize), and the Albert Schweitzer Golden Grand Medal for Humanitarianism. David's articles have appeared on Cyrano's Journal, Thomas Paine's Corner,, Press Action, Radical Noesis, Dandelion Salad, The Animals Voice, New Dawn Magazine, Vegan Views, and other blogs and journals. He has been interviewed in the press and on several radio programs for his book The Protein Myth. He has also just completed a book titled The Cruel Science: Animal Research from Aristotle to the 21st Century. An accomplished musician, David is also a composer and has played French horn with ensembles like the Marlboro and Cabrillo music festivals, the San Francisco Ballet, and the San Francisco Opera. He was a member of the 7th Army Symphony, the Graz Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra (Austria), and the Oakland Symphony. David attended the New England Conservatory of Music, the Vienna Academy of Music, and graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University where he also earned his Master's in music composition. His compositions are performed in the United States and Europe. David has lived in Boston, Vienna and Graz (Austria), San Francisco, and New York City. He presently makes his home in the upper Catskill Mountain region of New York where he attends to and is attended by his three cats, Lewie-Lew, Goldie Boy, and Loonie. David was born in Kankakee, Illinois and grew up in Bluffton, Indiana. He has a twin brother, Darrel, who is a classical guitarist and an editor and author.

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