New Book Gives a Different (And Very Human) Perspective on Being a Mystic

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In “Hineni: My Walk to Beautiful Life”, S. Joshua Mendel chronicles his 40 year journey of healing and personal growth; learning to accept himself as a gifted, hypersensitive, and gay mystic.

'Hineni: My Walk Into Beautiful Life' by S. Joshua Mendel

'Hineni: My Walk Into Beautiful Life' is an intensely personal and frank autobiography; an ethical will of how the author became a whole, human being, and what he learned and is still learning on his journey.

Every so often, our practical, science-dominated world is gifted with a mystic; a spirit based, spirit-directed person. The world doesn’t understand these souls. Mystics are disrespected at the very least, often bullied, sometimes drugged into submission and even institutionalized. Without recognition and support, the mystic believes something is wrong with him/her. Unhealed, these individuals may abuse themselves. . . to the point that they consider killing themselves. . . and do so.

In his autobiography, “Hineni: My Walk to Beautiful Life”, S. Joshua Mendel shares deeply and intimately about his challenges and miracles of being a mystic. “I didn’t realize that having a mystical mind was a closet more hidden and denied by me than being gay,” says Joshua. “It is also far more misunderstood in our society. We have such mistaken notions about mystics. . . we think they are perfect people who always know the answer, say the right word and always do the right thing—the first time. They don’t have feelings beyond love (they never get angry), and they don’t have normal human urges, including sexual feelings. My book—my life—shows that mystics are fully human, with all that that entails,” says Joshua. “I think it also shows that “being spiritual” and living full out in this world need not be in conflict.”

“Hineni: My Walk Into Beautiful Life“ is an intensely personal and frank autobiography; an ethical will of how the author became a whole, human being, and what he learned and is still learning on his journey. This book can start a reader thinking about places s/he have been spiritually, as well as the places s/he might go. Hineni clearly shows that life is a journey; not a destination. That the tools and guides on that journey are personal integrity and inner guidance. And that any time or effort spent learning in any community or spiritual discipline is never a waste, because any and all efforts and understanding get incorporated in who that person is becoming. . . and we are all "becoming” until we leave the planet.

The reader is encouraged—and challenged—to ask what s/he knows and believes on the basic questions of being human. . . a spiritual being having a human experience.

Contact: S. Joshua Mendel
216-321-4160
jmendel715(at)att(dot)net

About the Author:
Joshua was born July 15, 1955, in Cleveland, OH, the middle of three children. Joshua holds three and three-quarter college degrees, in a diverse range of subjects. Over a career of now 33 years, he obtained broad and detailed experience in non profit management. He has done considerable and unique volunteer service, including 13 years on a crisis hotline. At the same time, Joshua has been experiencing peak spiritual experiences and visions for over 50 years. More and more, he has been learning how to obediently follow those Messages to guide his life–including the “practical” aspects of his (work)life.

Joshua is single. He never married and has no children. However, Mr. Mendel is well loved and well-supported by a large family of blessing. He is currently the servant of two cats: Maple and Gracie.

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