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In "It Was You," a poem from Face to Face, Ms. Benjamin writes,
And I am not to blame
That I looked everywhere for truth
Before I knew Your name."
Outside of her awareness, God continued to work in her life, through a turbulent, ecumenical childhood and a long, incompatible marriage, through six miscarriages, and through notable careers as a school district administrator, a business consultant, an executive mentor, an international speaker and retreat leader, a graduate school professor of organizational leadership, and an author. "Barbara Benjamin sings an involvement with life and inner spirit that is breathtaking," says renowned psychologist and author James M. McMahon. He continues: "Deceptively clear and straightforward she touches the deepest in us and around us in every poem. Whether in vivid descriptions of the physical world or the silent struggles within us, the beauty of her poems forces us to engage life and mystery."
Slowly becoming aware of her attraction to God and the power of "His Abundant Love" in her life, Barbara asked God to wait with her, as she grew in spiritual consciousness of her calling--to seek the seekers and bring them closer. It took her twenty years to write her first volume of poetry, Through My Window, published in 1988.
"It Was You" concludes,
That You know what to do
With all the love I have to give,
For that loves comes from You."
Ms. Benjamin is also a talented and inspiring non-fiction writer. Published by Nepperhan Press in July 2010, her most recent book, The Joshua Priest, is an authorized faith biography of Father Joseph Girzone, author of the Joshua books. Since the publication of Joshua in 1983, countless millions of readers across the globe have found their faith transformed by "the good news" of Jesus’ unconditional compassion and love embodied in the writings of Joseph Francis Girzone, the Joshua Priest. Ms. Benjamin hopes that readers will find strength in discovering the deeply rooted faith and raw courage that, on critical occasions, saved the life of Fr. Joe and made his Joshua ministry possible, a faith that remained steadfast in the face of daunting personal crises and turbulent world events.
Joshua: A Parable for Today (1983)
Joshua and The Children (1989)
Joshua and The Shepherd (1990)
Joshua in the Holy Land (1992)
Joshua and the City (1995)
Joshua: The Homecoming (1999)
Joshua: The Journey Home (1997)
The Parables of Joshua (2001)
Joshua in a Troubled World (2005)
Joshua’s Family (2007)
Ms. Benjamin is immersed in writing her second book on leadership, Christ Conscious Leadership, slated for publication in July 2011. "The essence of effective leadership," she believes, "lies in our ability to be conscious of the unity of all existence and to be accepting of people in all their variety of abilities and aspirations. Every culture seeks Christ consciousness, that is, the Universal Absolute, and every culture calls that Universal Absolute by a different name. It is with Christ conscious awareness and acceptance of our unity that we can begin to make a difference in the world." In addition to mentoring and training executives in leadership in corporations, non-profit, and educational organizations, Ms. Benjamin has also designed and directed an award-winning graduate distance learning program in leadership for the School of Business at Mercy College where she was an assistant professor and mentor.
Ms. Benjamin’s other publications include Leadership in the Interactive Age: A Skills Development Workbook and the accompanying CDs, The Leadership Lecture Series; The Case Study: Storytelling in the Industrial Age and Beyond; and A Modern Prayer Guide to St. Teresa of Avila’s "Interior Castle." She also coauthored two cookbooks, The Lenten Kitchen and The Advent Kitchen, published by The Paulist Press.
A woman of many skills, Ms. Benjamin is available for keynote speeches and poetry readings— and for retreats on leadership or on spiritual growth and development. She is even more effective in running workshops in "Building A Conscious Leadership State of Mind."
Selected Poems by Barbara Benjamin from Face to Face
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