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Inspirational

bookcover: 
Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within
Author: 
Karen Hering
Publisher: 
Atria Books
Non-fiction_: 
Rating: 
6
ISBN/ASIN: 

1582704120

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Karen Hering is uniquely qualified to write a book of spirituality. She tells of when her mother was losing the ability to speak; and how when there was a computer for her mother's communication, Karen configured the vocabulary for the communication protocol, and provides a perspective of figuring out what language would be necessary in her mother's diminishing sphere. That, in fact, is what this book is about. The language of communication, the gift of language honed to its spiritual point.

The challenges in this book can be liberating, perplexing, revealing, full of importance, deep in meaning, but it is all a matter of engaging oneself, milling oneself. This is a book for writers, thinkers, dreamers, philosophers, theologians. This book may have been intended for theologians, but we writers also can find a method here to help us write what is in our heart, through exercise, through the practice of contemplative correspondence, and an exploration of metaphor.

The language and method Hering espouses shows promise in being able to help one's inner writer come to the page. While Hering herself may be someone hidebound in her own religious theology, I would propose that writers can use this book beyond prescriptive theology, and use these questions and exercises in journeying where ever an individual search for meaning may take us.

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Author: 
Chris Nye
Publisher: 
Moody Publishers
Genre: 
Non-fiction_: 
Rating: 
8
ISBN/ASIN: 

ASIN: B017CHSK3M

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Author: Chris Nye
Genre(s) / Subgenre(s): Religious
Published By: Moody Publishers
Format(s):Kindle Edition ISBN(s):ASIN: B017CHSK3M
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Rating:  8
Reviewed By: Nancy Louise
© April 28, 2016

Distant God:Why he feels far away … and what can we do about it.
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While the season of Lent is over and Easter has begun, there is no reason to skip this book. For those of us who follow the Christian way of life, being close to God is paramount to Spiritual well being. But lets be honest, there are many reasons God might feel far away. Some people have stopped attending Church because of the distance, or still attend but find the whole thing less than useless. What is wrong with us?This book explores the many reasons we can feel this way and what to do about it.

First off, there is hope. Second, faith and actions should not depend on just our emotional sense of God’s nearness. Author Chris Nye gives some wonderful examples. Starting off with The Longing to be Near and ending with The Promise. Along the way you will learn the many ways to gauge your travels with God and also how you can overcome or make a turnabout in your life long relations with our Creator.

Regardless of where you are in your walk, or the time of year, this book I found to be very helpful in my own walk. I learned to gauge where I am not just by my emotions (which can be misleading) and also how to handle the sometimes Religious high one can get after say a retreat and then the dumps which can happened when we get back to daily life and all its bumps and knock outs that can happened even to the most saintly of lives.

I recommend this book to all who wish to stay on the path of righteousness and to also grow more in their walk in this bumpy ride we call life.

Nancy Louise
March 28, 2016