In Firstlight, bestselling author Sue Monk Kidd offers readers an intimate glimpse into the early years of her journey as both writer and spiritual seeker. Drawn from the author's early writings for guideposts and to a lesser extent, other publications, this selection of personal reflections and essays is organized around thirteen spiritual motifs ...
In Firstlight, bestselling author Sue Monk Kidd offers readers an intimate glimpse into the early years of her journey as both writer and spiritual seeker. Drawn from the author's early writings for guideposts and to a lesser extent, other publications, this selection of personal reflections and essays is organized around thirteen spiritual motifs and interwoven to create a compelling narrative about the author's spiritual awakening. Included are writings about the author's multiple roles as mother, daughter, wife, nurse, and writer. There are recoleections aabout her extensive travels and reflections on her childhood and marriage. And there are musings on a stream of ordinary moments--watching a bird feeder, a homeless man, a golf tournament--all of which added richness and meaning to the author's journey. In every life there are defining moments when one's heart begins to open.
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Aug 16, 2007
insightful bits and pieces for the woman following her spiritual path. sue monk kidd's writings create beautiful images of solitude, celebration, questioning, resting, dancing, laughing and other moments etched into one's soul. Kate Forbes rich voice mesmerizes the listener and pulls her into each moment. Picture yourself on a wide verandah somewhere in the south sharing a porch swing with a trusted friend. There is a small round table set with a pticher of iced tea and a plate of benne wafers. The livle oaks are standing sentinel ... and the only sound you hear is the creaking of the swing as it rocks you back and forth.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-06-26 Most readers know Kidd for her blockbuster novels, The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair. Yet this nurse-turned-writer was known in traditional Christian circles for years for her inspirational essays and nonfiction spiritual memoirs (When the Heart Waits) until she turned to a more nontraditional feminine spirituality (The Dance of the Dissident Daughter). In the introduction, Kidd admits it was difficult to go back and reread her earlier work with an eye to publication. But "[a] significant portion of my life can be understood as spiritual quest and the articulation of that experience." Gleaned from Guideposts (for which she wrote for a dozen years), Weavings and other publications, these essays point to Kidd's desire to pay attention to her soul, a "repository of the inner Divine, the truest part of us," from which so much of her writing sprang. The subjects have universal appeal: a child sharing a red scarf with a homeless man; the need for solitude; fishing with her grandfather; the joy and pain of sending a child to college. Most of the essays have a point, which is neatly explained. Kidd's lovely prose, passion for the spiritual life and early instincts for telling a compelling story should help this book attract a wide readership. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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