Saturday, July 14, 2007
Several of us in my little circle of the blogosphere seem to be going through major life transitions -- career, marriage, or just general "what's it all about, Alfie" kinds of stuff. Four book recommendations, one of which I've made before.
In When the Heart Waits by Sue Monk Kidd she writes, "The life of the spirit is never static. ... That's the sacred intent of life, of God -- to move us continuously toward growth, toward recovering all that is lost and orphaned within us and restoring the divine image imprinted on our soul. And rarely do significant shifts come without a sense of our being lost in the dark woods, or in what T.S. Eliot called the 'vacant interstellar spaces.'"
Joyce Rupp, author of the devotional guide Dear Heart, Come Home: The Path of Midlife Spirituality, worked for years with "Midlife Gatherings" as she worked through her own midlife issues. She discovered: "The most common and consistently repeated theme of the respondents was that of control -- recognizing their limitations and letting go of the belief that, if they just worked hard enough or figured things out well enough, they could make life go the way they wanted it to go."
Pema Chodron's When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times reminds me, "Chaos is part of our home ground. Instead of looking for something higher or purer, work with it just as it is."
Finally, to include a man and a book without "heart" in the title, I recommend Richard Rohr's Everything Belongs. The title pretty much captures the essence of the book. It's not about running away from the mistakes, the chaos, the discomfort. They are all part of the picture, part of how we discover who we are.
What are you reading these days?