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Firstlight: The Early Inspirational Writings of Sue Monk Kidd Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 10, 2006
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Collected from early inspirational writings, particularly those published in Guideposts magazine, these chapters reflect a lifelong journey of discovery. Kidd has been a nurse, a mother, a wife, and a writer, and these experiences have not only shaped her, they've brought about moments of clarity and widsom through seemingly mundane things. Kidd has a crisp, yet smooth, style that allows the lessons of life to jump from the pages. She finds examples of God's love and mercy in homeless people, butterflies, storms, and lightning bugs.
For those of us who enjoy the raw, in-your-face honesty of an Anne Lamott, "Firstlight" can seem a bit saccharine at times. There is very little time given to the struggles and questions of life, althought Kidd does admit to having them. Being a true Southerner, she chooses to focus on the good, packaging the thorny questions in soft cushiony thoughts. All in all, this is a great contemplative book. Not so deep as to be unfathomable, but rich enough to be mulled over for days.
It is no surprise she refers to Mary Oliver, a poet who has a love affair with life, and gratitude for each leaf and passing breeze.
This book will warm your heart from the inside out, make you more aware of the beauty around you, and help to awaken the Mystery all over again. As she says, it will renew your love affair with life.
Over her writing career of nearly 30 years, Sue Monk Kidd has endeared herself to two audiences. First, to readers of Guideposts magazine and devotionals, for which she wrote very concrete, first-person, anecdotal narratives. A sample: "Late one winter night it snows in South Carolina. When the sun comes up, a dazzling white quilt lays across our small backyard.
" 'Oh-h-h, Mommy.' In the bedroom both children cling to the windowsill speechless. It is their first snow..."
In memoirs published from 1988 to 1997, her spiritual journey reflected a more contemplative outlook and eventually a feminist theology that endeared a different readership. Then her fiction (THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES and THE MERMAID CHAIR) turned her and her unorthodox characters into conversational centerpieces all around town, coast to coast.
Now here's the trick. Can this new collection of "early writings" bridge her two audiences? I say yes, assuming a reader is not scouring for theological tenets but for feel-good inspiration that encourages faith in a slightly vague Divine.
Many of the untitled selections within the book's 13 chapters are from Guideposts publications, anecdotes about childhood, motherhood, marriage and Sue's early nursing career. But it seems that most of the chapter topics (with titles such as "Awareness," "Solitude," "Simplicity of Spirit" and "Gracious Space") are grounded in essays that are more reflective than anecdotal.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
insightful and inspiring and a small lovely volume that I have sent to many people as a gift.Published 8 months ago by Bookie Cleveland
Oh I love this book. I ordered two more so I could share it with my sister and niece....inspiring❤️Published 16 months ago by L. Gossett-Raderman
A wonderful inspirational collection of stories from the author's lifePublished 16 months ago by Cindy Simpson
I really enjoyed this book full of small anecdotes throughout. Some pulled my heart strings. I identified with this author. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Books, etc.