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Morning Sun on a White Piano: Simple Pleasures and the Sacramental Life [Kindle Edition]

Robin Meyers
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Book Description

There's a lot of talk these days about slowing down, simplifying, living in the moment, but it isn't really happening. We all talk the talk, but the walk we walk seems to be getting faster and faster, and we seem to be enjoying it less and less. Our problem is that, in search of life, we pass it by.

Morning Sun on a White Piano is the perfect tonic for the freneticism of contemporary life. In twelve lucid, straightforward essays, Dr. Robin Meyers offers a brilliant guide to achieving the simple and sacramental life by recognizing what is holy in the seemingly insignificant details of everyday life: Books. Music. Letters. Children.

Morning Sun on a White Piano is a book about finding joy in the present, about reclaiming the lost art of living, hearing again, in a culture that has gone deaf; seeing again, in a culture that's blinded; and feeling again, in a culture that overstimulates and numbs itself. If simplifying our lives means singing the song, Morning Sun on a White Piano challenges us to learn the dance.

Compact, accessible, gorgeously written, and beautifully designed, here is a book that is a perfect gift for anyone--especially ourselves.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews Review

The title Morning Sun on a White Piano conjures a treacly torrent of horrifying associations--pianists Ferrante and Teicher, generic greeting cards, the collected B-sides of Karen Carpenter--but it's actually a terrific book. Dr. Robin R. Meyers has put together an implicitly but thoroughly Christian guide to the sacramental pleasures of everyday activities such as cooking and pet ownership. Meyers writes in a lapidary, spare style that invites comparison with the best contemporary books on spirituality. Morning Sun on a White Piano is The Miracle of Mindfulness for middle-class Christians.

From Publishers Weekly

In the tumult of everyday life, simple pleasures are often forgotten or lost in the frantic race to keep up with the tasks we have set for ourselves. Meyers, a regular commentator for NPR and senior minister of the Mayflower Congregational Church in Oklahoma City, meditates on ways to contemplate the holy moments or events we experience in our lives. Meyers touches on topics such as conversation, reading books, writing letters, parenting children and owning pets as he searches to locate the holy in life. From his reflections, Meyers concludes: "Simple pleasures are those moments when life is experienced rather than consumed, and moments are sacramental when the transcendent infuses the ordinary. But it doesn't arrive like a catered meal driven to the door... the best things in the world are freely GIVEN to those who have freely CHOSEN well." Meyers's short meditations are charming and eloquent explorations into the holiness of ordinary life.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 402 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385498691
  • Publisher: Galilee Trade; Reprint edition (August 11, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XT60JA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #977,452 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
In "Morning Sun on a White Piano", UCC minister and professor Dr. Robin Meyers presents twelve essays, geared to refocus his audience on the truly important things in life.
Although these revelations are not terribly new or extraordinary, what *is* extraordinary is their simple, beautiful presentation, the wide breadth of ideas he manages to express, and his ability to connect to his audience without being preachy, sanctimonious, or condescending. Especially noticeable is the "Not Wolf" story, and his essay on the importance of mercy.
This book is very refreshing and readable, the equivalent in book form of a five-minute shoulder massage, or a cup of tea on a rainy day. I recommend it highly.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple wisdom for real people June 28, 2002
It didn't take me long at all to read this small book of twelve vignettes on the simple pleasures of life. Although it is true that there's not a lot in here that you won't have heard before, I stand by the idea that the best books are the ones that remind you of what you already know. In places I found it a little cliché, especially the first couple of chapters which reiterated the old "turn off the TV, have more conversations, read more books" wisdom. But it improved as it went along, and it was the last four chapters - discussing mercy, faith, freedom, cooking, creating, the joy of anticipation and the art of hoping - which made me give this book five stars rather than four.
This is not one of those cheesy gift books that contain 50 half-pages of "bite-sized wisdom" and 70 generic photos of flowers, babies and rainbows. Nor is it a specifically Christian version of other books such as 'Life's Little Instruction Book'. It is simply a book of short, thoughtful essays which help us to stop and examine our values and our idea of what will really make us happy. I foresee myself reading this many times throughout my life.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for Christians anymore, but for All August 18, 1999
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Reading "Morning Sun on a White Piano" made me not want to miss a single word, so I read it twice. Dr. Robin R. Meyers writing style leaves something for everyone. He clearly paints the world around us and points inside for the answers. Amazon says, "Morning Sun on a White Piano is The Miracle of Mindfulness for middle-class Christians." I have read both books and even Buddhists could come away with something of importance here. What this book does apply differently than Thich Nhat Hanh's book, is it explores our changing American culture, from yesterday, today, and the future. This is certainly not a book that is to be put back on the shelf. Pass it along, give it to someone. Just don't let it sit around with the other spines sticking out. You don't have to be Christian to enjoy this book you just have to be a sentient being.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great reminder of what is truly important in life. February 18, 1999
By A Customer
Dr. Meyers has written a delightful book reminding us of the importance of the simple things in life. Furthermore, he has kept the book simple. It is easy to read in one sitting, but it is not a book to put away after that reading. The 12 chapters each make a nice daily devotional study. We gave copies to all of our children for Christmas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PHd + Minister=smart and soulful May 20, 1998
On the shelf, this book looks like another cheesy, other-wordly book by someone who can barely write, but wants to communicate something "deep." On the contrary, open it up and you'll find clean prose, interesting examples, and a compelling argument for rediscovering life's simple pleasures. I couldn't put it down in the bookstore, which may sound silly for a non-suspense/action/mystery novel. Rather, I had a quiet moment much like the book describes; I sat on a chair and just kept reading, until 2 hours had passed and I finished. I remembered the simple pleasure of finishing a book, of enjoying still and silent air. To me, that's what this book is all about. Except, unlike me, Dr. Meyers pulls it off without sounding corny. I bought it, and gave it to my parents for Easter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simplicity with a big message January 15, 2006
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A friend of mine brought a copy of this book to me, out of the blue, and said I think you might enjoy reading this!! It is small and simple to read so I did just that and liked it so much that I ordered my own copy after returning hers.

If you wonder just what is going on in the world and what is normal or right this is the book that will help you keep things in perspective. Simple things that have big impact on our life and the world. It's power is in it's simplicity. A small bite of comfort in an era of insanity..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a small book which one expects to read on a chapter-per-day basis but upon beginning finds it hard to put down. The language is fresh and pleasant with unexpected expressions that focus sharply on the matter at hand. It is written gently with affection for the subjects discussed and with a confidence seemingly born of thoughtul living and observing the human lot. The judiciously placed references to sources in literature, social science and theology hint of a comfortable familiarity with many thinkers. The writer is unafraid to take on extremism, whether political or religious He calls us to respect children, animals, books, conversation - and most of all the joys of each day. He often recommends philosophical and practical measures such as "Throw away any religion that circles the wagons and makes you meaner, and replace it with one that makes you more merciful." The book is too brief but leaves room for its sequel, perhaps titled "Evening Sun on a Back Porch."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Felt like it was a lifestyle to really consider as you ...
I sent it to nine adult grandchildren...Felt like it was a lifestyle to really consider as you were growing up and beginning a family.
Published 1 day ago by anne n. jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent write!
Published 8 days ago by Jacque
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for reflections upon your own life
I found this book in a bargain bin at a thrift store and thought it looked intriguing, so I paid about 50 cents for it. My copy is the original 1998 version. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Hagerty Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully written
this is an easy, uplifting book to tread for a quiet afternoon or chapter by chapter to get your day started
Published 14 months ago by Judith
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic reading.
Iread this and quickly gave to my Mom and she also loved it. She wants to let her friends in Fla. read it.
Published 15 months ago by Darlene Nielsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical, Comforting and Inspirational
I found both practicality and comfort in this slim volume. If I lived in Oklahoma City, I might give Meyers Ministry a whirl.
Published on August 30, 2008 by J. A. Bell
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here...
Something to pass the time on an airplane trip. Simple-minded and non-threatening, and not very insightful - more like a series of "newer" Reader's Digest articles.
Published on November 28, 2004 by bnrdad
1.0 out of 5 stars Sentimental But Biblically Inaccurate.
Dr. Meyers claims that the lesson in the Tower of Babel is that when language fails human co-operation is impossible. This is not the lesson of Babel. Read more
Published on November 23, 2004 by Robert Penn
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More About the Author

Rev. Dr. Robin R. Meyers is a nationally known UCC pastor, professor, peace activist, and the author of six books about progressive Christianity and American society. He has been the senior minister of Mayflower Congregational UCC church, Oklahoma City, for 27 years. He is also a tenured full professor of rhetoric in the philosophy department at Oklahoma City University. Dr. Meyers lectures and gives workshops on church renewal around the country (see, and is an award-winning commentator for NPR. His teaching and preaching offer a non-literal, non-dogmantic approach to Christianity, and his politics are neither left nor right, but rather subversive for the cause of love. He seeks to build, not a collection of "believers," but a Beloved Community devoted to embodying peace and justice in a broken world. As a professor, he teaches the ancient canons of rhetoric, urging his students to think critically and fearlessly about the things they think they know. His method is Socratic, grounded in the belief that the truth is accessible but often obscured, and that love is life's highest achievement. His books all revolve around questions of religion, ethics, and language--that is, around transcendence, morality, and the redemptive power of telling the truth. His latest book, "The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus" is endorsed by Desmond Tutu, Bill Moyers, Marcus Borg, Harvey Cox, Parker Palmer, Brian McLaren, Diana Butler Bass, and Fred Craddock.

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