The Olympic Odyssey

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Books by Phil Cousineau

Phil Cousineau grew up in a family where they took the dictionary with them on vacations. In Wordcatcher, he writes about the origins of his love of words, and describes more than 300 of his favorite words and the fascinating stories behind them. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
As indispensable as forgiveness has been to the healing process throughout history, there is another equally profound action that is needed for ultimate reconciliation, which Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas Gandhi, calls “the other side of the coin.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
This book is a brooding, daring, exploration of the secret strength of storytelling, in which Phil Cousineau addresses the central theme which runs through all of his work, the transportive power of words. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Cousineau writes, "Creativity is as natural as breathing. To create is to grow, which in turn makes us feel vitally alive." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"If Joseph Campbell, the Dalai Lama, and Bill Moyers were to have collaborated on a book about journeys...I suspect it would look very much like The Art of Pilgrimage." ~Austin American Statesman ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Discover the meaning of tea through the eyes of tea lovers from eight countries around the world. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Huston Smith In Conversation with Native Americans on Religious Freedom ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Rekindling the True Spirit of the Great Games ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Conversations with Huston Smith on the Spiritual Life ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Power of Ancient Stories in Modern Times ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Readings from Socrates to Ray Charles ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Travel Stories ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Stories of Synchronicity That Illuminate Our Lives ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A Modern Book of Hours ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Poems ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Poems ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A Rhapsody on a Theme of Famous and Infamous Last Words ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Basball Haiku ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

THE OLYMPIC ODYSSEY: Rekindling the True Spirit of the Great Games

Invoking the original spirit of the olympics, Cousineau writes about the passionate display of excellence in mind, body, and soul all in one spectacular festival. Despite recent scandals, this ideal is as vital today as it was when the Games began nearly 3,000 years ago.

Cousineau weaves together myths and fables with modern anecdotes to emphasize the transcendent element that uplifts athlete, trainer, and spectator alike.

Themes include the philosopher coach, the festival dramas of ceremony and ritual, and the curious devotion of fans and fanatics--all in anticipation of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

The U.S Olympic Committee selected this book to be presented to all U.S. athletes competing in the 2004 summer games in Athens. (Quest)