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Sustenance By Glenn Martin
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Patrick begins under a cloud of gloom, rejected by his girlfriend and unsure of his occupation. But an encounter with an old Chinese man gives him a message of hope – his fate is his to create... More > if he is willing to let go of things as they are. So he begins again elsewhere, finding a job working with unemployed youth. But the simple search for sustenance can lead into vexing terrain. How will he relate to the sadness, anger and disillusionment of the young people? How will he respond to the sexuality of a co-worker? And how will he deal with the people on the management committee – the self-serving, the brutal, the scheming and the inept? The gift the old man gave him, the I Ching, stands by him as he strives to establish peace and purpose in his work, and find a woman who will love him. Amid the chaos, he learns: I am not the master of the universe but I come from bliss and that way I serve all-that-is.< Less
The big story falls apart By Glenn Martin
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This book is a reflective journey through the disintegration of the “big story”. The big story is the one we live inside of, the one that gives us the certainties and continuities of our... More > lives. The disintegration occurred in Sydney in the late 1960s, amid social and personal turmoil, and led to the narrator's flight to the country. He finds a place to settle, gives up books, begins to garden. Gradually he reclaims the centre, and gradually he re-engages with society, although there is tumult in that too. But there is love, there is music, and there are visions of life with spirit and with ethics. The narrator talks his way through, remembering, recounting, rejecting, resolving. There are four parts to the story – Disintegration, Renewing, Onward and Reframing. The book is the fourth book the author has written as part of National Novel Writing Month, where the project is to write a book of at least 50,000 words in one month.< Less
The Ten Thousand Things: A story of the lived experience of the I Ching By Glenn Martin
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Glenn Martin’s first novel tells the story of a man’s journey towards leadership, a story that takes us into the heart of the I Ching and its universal values. A man comes to a leadership... More > position after a series of life-shaping experiences. He brings with him as a companion the I Ching, the ancient Chinese book of changes. He faces an immediate crisis, when the president is arrested for embezzling all the funds, but he brings the organisation back from collapse, building it up even as he learns how to be a good leader and manager. However, enemies arrive with a destructive agenda and it suddenly seems as if he and everything he has built up will be destroyed. In the midst of it all, the I Ching offers its wisdom and calls him to be his best self. So he strives to lead effectively and ethically, and find the joy that lies at the heart of all things. And along the way there is love.< Less
Sustenance By Glenn Martin
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Patrick begins under a cloud of gloom, rejected by his girlfriend and unsure of his occupation. But an encounter with an old Chinese man gives him a message of hope – his fate is his to create... More > if he is willing to let go of things as they are. So he begins again elsewhere, finding a job working with unemployed youth. But the simple search for sustenance can lead into vexing terrain. How will he relate to the sadness, anger and disillusionment of the young people? How will he respond to the sexuality of a co-worker? And how will he deal with the people on the management committee – the self-serving, the brutal, the scheming and the inept? The gift the old man gave him, the I Ching, stands by him as he strives to establish peace and purpose in his work, and find a woman who will love him. Amid the chaos, he learns: I am not the master of the universe but I come from bliss and that way I serve all-that-is.< Less
A Modest Quest By Glenn Martin
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“A Modest Quest” describes the author’s quest to find out about his family’s past. It was intended just to find out the basic facts about his parents’ brothers and... More > sisters, and his grandparents. Growing up, he had thought that all his grandparents had died before he was born. This was not the case, but it took some serious research and more than two years to bring the facts to light, and by then the lives of the ancestors had pulled him in. The quest was extending far beyond its initially modest aims. “You don’t understand a person until you know something about their parents”, and so the quest has to continue. This is probably the first of several books. The book explores the ancestors of Glenn Martin, looking back from the present to about the late 1800s. Most of this book takes place in New South Wales, with some excursions into Victoria and South Australia.< Less
To the Bush and Back to Business By Glenn Martin
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A young man who should have found a corporate ladder somewhere and climbed up it, turns his back instead and goes off into the bush. Years later he comes back to the city that he left. In this book... More > he rakes over the ground: the search for a viable livelihood living close to the earth, the search for an alternative community. He asks himself, was the questing anything more than loss and failure? What do those young-man dreams look like now? And what does business look like? This is personal archaeology, not a work of tidy history. The only records he has to call upon are a stack of papers, folders and exercise books in a box. We have to glean the history from what comes out of the box – poems, short stories and notes on scraps of paper that ignite memories. This is archaeology that brings us face to face with ideals and desire, loss and hard circumstance, and passions that endure.< Less
Flames in the open By Glenn Martin
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This is one of two collections of poems and stories from the period around 1970 to 1988. The latter date denotes when the collection was chosen, the theme intending to evoke the paradox of fire, that... More > it is both vulnerable and powerful. Some of the poems are accompanied by a story about the context in which the poem was written, personal life with wounds and wonder. Occasionally we stand defenceless, tempting the light to shine upon us.< Less
Love and Armour By Glenn Martin
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This is a collection of poems from between 1970 and 1988, selected while Glenn was living in the hills outside of Kyogle on the north coast of New South Wales. The poems were written on stray scraps... More > of paper and dated. Glenn revisited the collection in 2006 and added stories about what was happening around the time the poems were written. He wasn’t trying to interpret, just to offer a context where he thought it was illuminating. Between love and armour there is poise, and afterwards there is the stillness where all things are possible.< Less
I in the stream By Glenn Martin
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This book is a collection of poems, intended as the fourth volume from the author. It includes short poems and long poems. There are poems about writing poetry, poems about living, and poems about... More > observing life. The poet may look with a hard eye at times, but his intention is always to encourage the heart.< Less
SLaM 2010 Conference Proceedings By Glenn Martin & Claire Jankelson
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Proceedings of the 7th national conference of Spirituality, Leadership and Management, Sydney, February 2010. Contains 24 papers and 18 workshop descriptions on the theme "Leadership for the... More > emerging world".< Less