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Unitarian Universalist minister Hering begins this spiritual writing primer with a confession. Since she was a child, she wanted to be a missionary. Not, she emphasizes, a missionary’s wife but a missionary, a radical idea in 1972. It wasn’t until she was in her forties that she enrolled in a seminary; there she realized that her life goal was to combine ministry and writing. Over time, she became a “literary minister.” Hering engages in “contemplative correspondence,” a practice of writing that is rooted in theology and story. It combines elements of prayer, guided meditation, journal writing, Tai Chi, and yoga. This book is divided in two parts, a reflection on writing, metaphor, and spiritual practice and an exploration of theological themes (faith, prayer, sin, love, justice, hope, redemption, grace, hospitality, and reverence), including material that can be used in contemplative correspondence, alone, or in groups. Here is a book that serves a dual purpose: it is both practical (featuring writing prompts, meditations, and simple exercises) and inspirational as well. --June Sawyers

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"This is one of the best books ever written about the relationship between writing and spirituality. Karen Hering offers readers a wise and generous guide to mining essential material and transforming it into writing that is authentic and revelatory. Those who approach this book with open heart and mind will discover much about themselves." (Bart Schneider author of Blue Bossa and Beautiful Inez)

So many of us want to write! We sense that writing satisfies some profound longing—to become more fully ourselves, to connect more deeply to loved one, to help transform our hurting world...In Writing to Wake the Soul, Karen Hering gives us the tools to act." (Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew author of Writing the Sacred Journey and On the Threshold)

"In this powerful, lovely, practical, and provocative book, Karen Hering offers the world both a new form of ministry that transcends multiple traditional boundaries and profound evidence that the asking of unanswerable questions brings forth wide-open spiritual narratives of astonishing depth." (Mary Farrell Bednarowski Professor Emerita of Religion Studies, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities)

"Karen Hering's invaluable guide brings alive the venerable art of writing as a spiritual practice for our time and place. Importantly, Hering's approach does not predetermine where you must begin your journey, nor does it lead you down a carefully prepared path to an authorized destination. If you follow Hering through the exercises of Writing to Wake the Soul it will do just that—awaken you to your own spiritual inclinations, as well as introduce you to a wealth of wisdom handed on by pilgrims who have preceded you on the way." (Donald Ottenhoff, Executive Director Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research)

"Profound in its clarity and completeness, here is a contemplative guide to awaken the nurturing spirit in each of us. At the essence of every spiritual journey is the task of finding our own footing on the path. Like a good guide, this book will take you by the hand as you journey, but only long enough to help you discover the compass and spiritual grounding you already carry within." (William C. Moyers author of Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words; First Edition edition (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582704120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582704128
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love this book and take it with me wherever I am so if I have a moment, a read some lines, paragraphs,
pages, to inspire me. Karen Hering inspires, supports, and affirms the human spirit by her beautiful,
intelligent, simple manner of teaching. The language and poetic style coupled with clear instruction
give a foundation and a desire to write and wake the soul from just living to being present to every moment.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judith M. Ganz on December 30, 2013
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The author provides an in-depth understanding of how writing can move us deeper on our spiritual journey. And this is not just any writing but writing using specific techniques as a spiritual practice that is founded on theological understandings. The book provides both conceptual understanding and practical ways for the reader to apply and incorporate these understandings. I recommend it for anyone wanting to become more aware of how God is moving in his or her life.
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Clearly written and full of non-threatening beginnings to writer deep and meaningfully.
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