SOUL AND SAGE
The Spirit of Renee Miller
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From Publishers Weekly
In this thoughtful, elegant volume that is part memoir and part spiritual guidebook, "the physical desert terrain serves as the canvas upon which to paint a living picture of the desert reality in human life." Episcopal priest Miller uses her considerable literal desert familiarity and knowledge to illuminate the soul's terrain, traversing such concepts as silence, identity, darkness, belonging, community, release and sacrifice. Each brief chapter includes a viable prayer practice that would benefit greatly from a genuine desert interlude, but does not require a real sojourn. Aided by such simple tools as a journal and a Bible, readers can use Miller's straightforward exercises to delve into the riches of a seemingly lonely wasteland to replenish their souls. Although scripted from a Christian perspective, most of the content can be appreciated by any person of faith. In contrast to the dry setting, Miller's prose is fluid: "We're amazed to hear the sounds of our own soul, and the whisper of heaven's voice, and the timorous tones that seek to crack our encrusted heart, and the quiet and steady beat of the earth itself." Desert aficionados in particular will find spiritual oasis here. (Sept.)
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"These prayers claim the special gift it is to be a woman, the holiness God gave us in being born of woman, the apostolic vocation of another Mary, first to witness resurrection. These prayers claim assurance that in Christ all are one, neither male nor female to be elevated above the other. These prayers remind us that we most often meet God in the daily work of feeding, healing, nurturing, cleaning, listening, encouraging - blessings all." --Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church USA
"An impressive book of prayers by women committed to changing the world." --Episcopal Life
These hymns cover the church year and all times of worship, and show Pavlechko's fine sense of melody that makes them singable and memorable to congregations. They include texts by Mary Louise Bringle, John Core, Ruth duck, Richard leach, Renée Miller, Shirley Erena Murray, Herbert O'Driscoll, John Thornburg, and Rae E. Whitney, as well as two texts by Pavlechko himself.
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Daily Vitamins For The Soul are 6 volumes of daily meditations. Originally written for www.explorefaith.org, they were later published in booklet form.
Volume 1 focuses on the general nurture of the soul, and how caring for the soul strengthens our ability to live everyday life with grace.
Volume 2 is focused on the work we do in the world. Each reflection is designed to give ideas for thinking about work, and how our work fits into the universe.
Volum 3 is focused on the concept of truth. Each reflection is designed to give ideas for thinking about truth and untruth in our lives and in our world.
Volume 4 is all about angels. Each reflection is designed to give ideas for thinking about the roles angels play in our lives and how we can recognize their presence and help.
Volume 5 is focused on the heart -- that center of our being out of which the issues of our lives flow. Each reflection is designed to help the reader understand the various movements of the heart and how they affect our relationship with God.
Volume 6 is focused on prayer and how prayer connects us with the heart of heaven. Each reflection is designed to help the reader understand the various aspects of prayer and how spirituality is deepened through communication with the Holy One.
Each volume contains a month’s worth of reflections and taken daily, they nourish the soul and gradually shape and form it into a new way of being.