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This Too Shall Pass: Reflections on Faith, Psychology, Black Lives Matter, the Pandemic, Ethics

Updated: Feb 1, 2022


This Too Shall Pass are four words that contain wisdom that has been passed down through the ages. These words were believed to have been written on the inside of a ring worn by King Solomon as a maxim that leads to a happy life lived with a sense of purpose. It is a truth about life that neither the good times or the bad times last forever. When we hold this thought as a core understanding, we can better cope with the challenges of life and cultivate grit and resilience This wisdom is essential navigating the recent challenges of our world, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the urgent battle for social justice. Understanding human nature, the dynamics of faith, and why we do what we do are keys to living life to the fullest. This book concerns how personal ethics, political ethics, as well as bioethics can help guide us to make decisions that impact us and, ultimately, make a positive impact on the lives of others. "The Reverend Jim Squire's collected writings here are exquisite. They come from the heart, soul, and mind of an experienced and skilled ethicist. He is a teacher, thinker, and sensitive man, as he ponders the many ethical issues facing our world today." -The Reverend Alexander McCurdy, PH.D. Episcopal Priest, Jungian Analyst. Was a visiting lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Jefferson Medical College. "This Too Shall Pass is a collection of lessons and stories that enlightens, engages, and inspires. Rev. Squire leverages his rich foundation in counseling, teaching, and spiritual leadership to speak with a passionate and empathetic voice. He fuses current events, daily encounters, and ethical dilemmas to create a compilation of passages relatable to readers of all backgrounds and beliefs. This Too Shall Pass is my go-to read when I am seeking a conversation with a friend, a helping hand, or an insightful perspective on the everyday experience. Whether read from start to finish, uninterrupted, or one entry at a time, it adds both a thoughtful reflection on the big picture and a renewed appreciation for each of life's individual moments. It is a timeless treasure trove of actionable readings not to be missed." - Christy Rivard Episcopal Academy, '10, Harvard Class Day Speaker, '14, Physician Assistant. In essence this book is about personal ethics, political ethics as well as bioethics to help us to make the right decisions. The Reverend James R. Squire has spent thirty-eight years teaching ethics and biblical studies as the head chaplain at the Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He specializes as well in bioethics, faith development, positive psychology, diversity work, and the development of student leaders. He was chair of the Religion Department. After the 9/11 attacks, he created a national conference on "Understanding Islam."

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