• 9780824521028
Gernot Candolini (Author)


Walking Toward the Center

Gernot Candolini tells the story of his family’s journey in a borrowed camper to visit historic labyrinths across Europe. Each new labyrinth is a revelation that informs the family’s quest and deepens the author’s understanding…

Gernot Candolini’s book titled Labyrinths: Walking Toward the Center begins as a gentle travel guide. He and his wife, Uli, quit their jobs, placed their possessions in storage, and with their 2-year old daughter set out in…
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  • Title: Labyrinths
  • Subtitle: Walking Toward the Center
  • Page Count: 144
  • Available Formats: Trade-paper (9780824521028)
  • Edition: Trade Paper
  • Original language: English
  • Retail US: Trade-paper (16.95)
  • Retail Canada: Trade-paper (18.95)
  • Retail Canada: 18.95

Gernot Candolini (Author)

A former biology teacher and religious youth director, Gernot Candolini is a renowned author, photographer, and architect of labyrinths. As a part of his work with labyrinths he trains church leaders in the use of the labyrinth as a tool for personal spiritual growth. He also shares his knowledge of this important contemplative tool in his writing and lectures.

  1. “'The labyrinth is a sacred tool for knowing; an image that connects us to God, the world and ourselves. There is something of the mystery in it, and at the same time a fascinating clarity and perfection. It reveals something of our mysterious being to ourselves and offers us a glimpse of the beauty and harmony of the universe in which we are cradled.' With this profound statement Gernot Candolini ends his all too brief but profound study of the labyrinth through history as well as a sharing of the wisdom he has obtained from visiting many of the world’s ancient labyrinths and designing them throughout Europe. Beginning with the premise that the labyrinth is an image of life, a mirror of the soul, a symbol of humanity, Candolini believes that 'much lies waiting to be discovered in it, above all, oneself.' Each chapter begins with a drawing and explanation of a labyrinth somewhere in the world as well as a reflective quote. In the beginning chapters, Candolini shares his family’s experience visiting a specific labyrinth. As the book concludes he tells of the tales of Theseus and Ariadne and finding the Minotaur, which may be ourselves. With the renewed interest in the labyrinth today, this little book will be invaluable to readers as they enter into this ancient form of prayer, reflection and discovery as we seek balance and direction in today’s world. As Condolini notes, 'if life is viewed as a maze, every mistake is an unnecessary detour and a waste of time. If life is a labyrinth, every mistake is part of a path and an indispensable master teacher.'”
    --Ann Lynch, SSJ

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