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Open Boxes the gifts of living a full and connected life Paperback – November 24, 2014
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-- Margaret Placentra Johnston, award winning author of Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind
"Christine Organ not only talks about faith and spirituality, she lives it, digging into each experience with a contagious curiosity and passion...As you turn the last page of this book, you'll be inspired to step out of your own box, unpack your baggage and weave your own story of sacred connection with the gossamer threads of grace, wonder and everyday miracles."
--Michelle DeRusha, author of Spiritual Misfit: A Memoir of Uneasy Faith
About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
Christine's "boxes" are similar to the closets where people have hidden away their real selves, before changes in our culture make it acceptable to step out of the closet. Hiding inside boxes or closets cheats the world of the beautiful rainbow of diversity in our world. When we speak with our authentic voice, when we lift the lid off our boxes or open those doors, we find others to connect to. We find that there's a place where we belong...despite not having all the answers...despite our faults...despite a lot of mysteries.
I found so much to connect to in this book of a personal nature. Thank you, Christine, for sharing your stories...which are ultimately the stories of multitudes of others out there, just waiting to lift the lid off their box, and open their minds and hearts.
Christine is a Mom of two who writes about faith, love, and the human condition.
Before reviewing Open Boxes I was given the following description of the book:
"Open Boxes is a collection of stories that doesn't just tell readers – but shows readers – how to live fully and connect deeply by reveling in the sacred within our everyday lives."
I was very intrigued and looking forward to a light, chicken-soupy type read.
In one sense, I got exactly what I was looking for, but this book was so much more than that!
Because it is a collection of short stories, it's perfect bedtime reading material. However, as you read, you get to know and love Christine, and want to know more. I loved the way she told her story in pieces and that it wasn't just a memoir but a series of lessons learned along the way.
When I began reading and got to the first chapter called Divine Kindness in an Old Navy Parking Lot (and yes, all of the chapter's titles are this amazing!), I knew I wouldn't be putting Open Boxes down any time soon.
Read the rest of the review at http://www.livinginhisway.ca/2015/06/open-boxes-book-review.html
She's so down-to-earth, I imagine a lot of people who read her book discover this feeling of shared humanity. And her overtures in connection and vulnerability are the perfect backdrop to the theme of "open boxes." We are not to compartmentalise our own lives, and we shouldn't close off from others who don't seem at first glance to be like us. The rest of my review is here: http://aladyinfrance.com/reviewing-open-boxes/
It is evident on every page that Christine has found the grace in her moments. That she has her eyes wide open to the absolute miracle it is to wake up in the morning every day and to be alive.
And because her eyes are wide open, she makes it easier for us to open our eyes as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book. It does feel like sitting down with a friend and talking over coffee, just like the jacket says. Read morePublished 27 days ago by A Mom
This is a great holiday gift. I loved this book and found so much inspiration and grace in it. It's full of powerful reminders about everyday miracles which is important all year.Published 5 months ago by Kristi Rieger
The author has a great attitude toward life and I enjoyed reading about her experiences.Published 7 months ago by Reader02
Such a beautifully and brilliantly written book, urging us all to dig deep and live a full and connected life. Christine is a gifted writer with a powerful message to us all. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Chris Carter
As I read Christine Organ's beautiful book, I felt like I was being let into her mind. I watched her wrestle with questions of life, faith, parenting, marriage, and friendship. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Wendy Wisner
Thoughts about the grace, the wonder and the miracles stayed with me after I read Open Boxes. I realized that I have so many examples of each in my life. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kim Steele
I loved both the writing and messages in this book so very much. I loved her discussion of faith and spirituality and appreciated that it was separate from religion. Read morePublished 14 months ago by S. Younger
Christine Organ places words carefully and beautifully on the page and her message of “tying together the torn and tattered pieces” of our lives is stick-to-your-ribs good.Published 14 months ago by Jason
Insightful and thought-provoking. Each chapter is like a daily devotional, making me think about little things, big things and how it all connects to make a life worth living.Published 16 months ago by WiTripleL