The monastic tradition of lectio divina--holy reading--is a discipline of extremely slow, phrase-by-phrase, meditative reading of scripture. Its desired effect is to plumb the Bible's depths in such a way that scripture's individual words and phrases come to permeate the reader's whole life. In Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace: Living in the Spirit of St. Francis, Kent Nerburn reads the Prayer of Saint Francis in a manner much like lectio, and the rewards of this strategy are rich. The prayer ("Where there is hatred let me sow love ...") is a familiar one, but Nerburn's reflections on its phrases--meandering through stories of his summer jobs as a teenager, his lonely expatriate days in Germany, his long walks on the beaches of Mexico--make the old prayer new again. Nerburn has lived this prayer, and the quiet example of this book will help many readers to do so as well. He unwittingly describes the strength and power of his own project while reflecting on a phrase from the prayer's final stanza, "For it is in giving that we receive." Nerburn writes, "Our spirits are nourished by giving, just as our bodies are nourished by food. This is not mystical; it is not high-minded. It is a simple truth about the way that the energy of life flows back and forth between people when a moment of giving takes place." --Michael Joseph Gross
"An ennobling book. It will not only make you feel better, it might just make you a better person." -- -- Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions
"Kent Nerburn has written a little jewel of a book, to warm the heart and touch the soul." -- -- Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
"What a lovely book!" -- -- Anne Lamott, author of Bird by Bird and Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith
"An ennobling book. It will not only make you feel better, it might just make you a better person." -- Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions
"I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed Ken Nerburn's Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace. I have never realized the depth of thought in that brief prayer of St. Francis. Kent Nerburn, in a few masterful strokes and touching stories, plumbs its depths and offers us a precious little treasure." -- Joseph F. Girzone, author of Joshua
"Kent Nerburn has tackled a well developed Franciscan prayer and topic with the freshness of an outside and contemporary perspective. Filled with stories from modern life in the west, it is thoroughly enjoyable as a quick, refreshing read, yet filled with spiritual gems." -- John Michael Talbot, founder of Brothers and Sisters of Charity, author of The Lessons of St. Francis
"Kent Nerburn has written a little jewel of a book, to warm the heart and touch the soul." -- Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
"Kent Nerburn offers his mindful heart and thoughtful presence to illuminate the penetrating wisdom of Francis's sweet prayer. This book is a pearl of great price, revealing how the most potent, authentic prayer is also tender and very human. Kent Nerburn is a wise companion who has given us a blessing to be cherished again and again." -- Wayne Muller, author of Legacy of the Heart and How, Then, Shall We Live?
"What a lovely book!" -- Anne Lamott, author of Bird by Bird and Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on FaithSee all Editorial Reviews
I have read this book several time and each time I read it, I come away with a fresh insight into this beautiful prayer by St Francis of Assisi. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Carol R.
Such gentle wisdom. I always feel so peaceful and accepting after I read this. It is a wonderful book to ponder before going to sleep. Read morePublished 3 months ago by sandjsmom
Such insight! Couldn't put this book down!
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I loved this little book. Wonderful way to start each day and I was able to read each chapter in a short amount of time and yet be profoundly inspired. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jennifer Rundlett
A truly wonderful and insightful book; beautiful passages and commentaries that touch your heart. Highly recommend reading. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Helen
I find this prayer to be very inspirational and the book helped me to see how to actually put the theme into everyday practice. Definitely a keeper.Published 7 months ago by Lucia
What a beautiful and profound reading of the prayer of St. Francis!Published 8 months ago by Gramma Barb