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It's all a matter of seeing, but we need the seers to show us how. Paula D'Arcy shatters our poor sight and shows us light. --Richard Rohr, Center for Action and Contemplation

About the Author

Paula D'Arcy is an internationally known writer, retreat leader, and inspirational speaker. Her previous books include the classic, The Gift of the Red Bird.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books (October 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570758492
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570758492
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Affirming our life as it is right now--no matter how difficult or joyful--D'Arcy guides with poetic insight from the depth of her own experience and reflections, offering an invitation (and challenge) to love, to trust, to be with, to let go. The chapter "Live With An Open Heart: Practice Love" is particularly exquisite. I will share "Waking Up To This Day" with men and women, of all ages. An excellent spiritual guide for our times, D'Arcy writes, "There is no way life is supposed to be. There is only life" (p 57). I am grateful for this book.
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It is a lovely meditation on the beauty and giftedness of the world and our lives helps us to stop feeling guilty about the past, angry over the present, or obsessed with the future. Instead, we can come to realize the grace and goodness that is already ours. My favorite part of this book is that I was able to find the correct word about my father's continuous love after his death: "Love asked me to rebuild my life. It asked me to learn that letting go is not forgetting. Relationships don't end at death-they shift. They enter the heart and use a new language. Love asked me to give up my insistence on the old language and the old way of knowing in order to embrace a larger knowledge."
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Waking Up To This Day offers inspirations and spiritual insights for daily living, from discussions of how to start each day anew and fresh based on 12-Step Program methods to how 'detours' in life have lasting impact and importance. A fine, simple addition to any spirituality shelf.
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A short read, but really deserves more than one time through each chapter. The book builds on itself through each chapter until mindfulness of our surroundings, our lives, our loves and joys and our God become a habit. Our book group used this book and found it quite wonderful.
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Wonderful book. It is personal as to her loose of a young husband & child but is written to apply to any situation of loss. A divorce, loss of your center. Suggestions to find good in each day through God's nature living only in the moment regardless of the pain you are experiencing.
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Paula D'Arcy's book has many thoughts and stories which move me deeply and resonate with my own experiences. I understand the difficulty of writing coherently about such deep feelings and ideas. Well done, Paula!
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Paula has the ability to bring you into her own experiences and through those stories - inviting us to open our eyes, ears, hearts and minds to the life of one who follows the Lord and embraces life to its fullest.
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So filled with wisdom, helping me to try to be present to every moment. Helps me to understand that although life is difficult I always have a soft place to fall.. Into the loving arms of our loving God
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