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River of Grace: Creative Passages Through Difficult Times Paperback – October 30, 2015
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"If, like me, you have experienced failure or loss and can't quite find your way out of the darkness, you will appreciate this book. Susan Bailey offers gentle reflections with graceful tools that bring light, creative renewal, and a fuller Christian life." --Rev. Robert Reed, President of CatholicTV and author of Renewed
"Susan Bailey's powerful and beautifully written book is much more than an insightful spiritual memoir. River of Grace is also a brilliant reflection on the connections between creativity and grace." --Amy Belding Brown, Author of Flight of the Sparrow
"In this gentle book, Susan Bailey reminds us that every experience is awash in blessing. All we need to do is navigate the river of grace that flows through it to discover the meaning and possibility it offers." --Sr. Bridget Haase, O.S.U., Cohost of Spirit and Life
"Susan Bailey's personal stories and her try-this-yourself suggestions remind readers to be gentle and patient with themselves in the aftermath of grief or loss. True healing may be less a renewal of the old self and more a re-creation of someone new." --Pat Gohn, Author of Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious
"Susan Bailey not only invites the reader into stories, but also into experience. Through simple practices, ordinary materials, and here-and-now situations, she provides moments in which we can understand the workings of Spirit and connect with God's ongoing 'flow' of grace in us." --Vinita Hampton Wright, Catholic blogger and author of The Art of Spiritual Writing
About the Author
Susan Bailey is a blogger, professional musician, speaker, and marketing/advertising assistant whose writing appears on CatholicMom.com, Catholic.net, and Catholic Online. She also blogs at Be as One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion.
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A running theme that you learn all throughout this book is how creativity and spirituality go together, hand in hand. Susan illustrates this time and again. Susan pauses to personalize the reading and ask you how you can create new life in your surroundings as you allow the river of grace to run through you. In each chapter, she takes time (and allows you to take time) to reflect and focus on your emotions, thoughts, and defining events in your own life. If you take a few moments to perform the suggested activities, and allow creativity to lead the way, you will be blessed with fresh insight and positivity.
For people struggling with grief, this book shows that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Freely, the author doles out the pain she encountered on the deaths of her parents, and how greatly her life changed under those circumstances. She then dispenses the successful tools and mental thought process behind obtaining victory over death. Triumph is available to anyone! This is not a story of how to get over grief fast -- but how to deal with it and give your afflictions to the Almighty. You will get through your time of sorrow, and when the grief cycle has ran its course, you will become a more complete person.
Susan Bailey is an accomplished researcher of all things pertaining to American author Louisa May Alcott (Little Women). Myself, also being a reader of Miss Alcott's books, found joy in the way that Susan Bailey shares about her favorite authoress. Miss Alcott's books, which all exude child-like happiness, wedged themselves into Susan's soul and allowed her to identify parallels and discover herself again. It's funny how words that were penned over 100 years ago still create fresh currents in our minds and hearts; it can happen to any of us.
And here's something else I gleaned: Susan and I are both Christians; Susan is a Catholic and I am not. Our religions may differ in actuality, but the similarities are so close. We both believe in God, and that's what counts. In fact, I never realized how closely that Protestant and Catholic Christians are... (You may wonder how I didn't realize this fact growing up -- as I do myself!). My point here is that Susan's writings will touch the reader, whether you believe the same way or not. I know she greatly affected me.
"The river of grace is in constant motion and only when I submit to that motion will I discover the many blessings that lie in the present moment. The longer I am in the river, the richer my life becomes..." (Susan Bailey, River of Grace)
Lovely book. Many a person could benefit from reading it. It can guide you to a discovery of healing and of breaking free from darkness.
Find the flood of God's mercy that flows within, by reading River of Grace by Susan Bailey.
Buy this book for yourself. Then buy another copy and give it to a friend. You can be sure she'll thank you.
Listen to Susan's book and learn through her experience as she allows the Lord to take her deeper, past her pain to reach that joy where your soul literally starts to sing, sing praises to the Lord.