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A Sea Without A Shore: Spiritual Reflections for the Brokenhearted, Weary, and Lonely Paperback – November 23, 2016
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While I read the book straight through in order to review it, I think it would be best read as a devotional, breaking it up over days and allowing the reader to ponder the topics without rushing, mulling them over throughout the day, and praying along with the author. And while a fair amount of the book deals with pain, fear, and weakness, there are bright spots, hope, and above all, the assurance of God’s love.
There are plenty of gems (key insights or new ways at looking at elements of spirituality) hidden throughout the book that stopped me in my tracks, wanting to highlight a line or two for further reflection. There are bits of poetry and psalm-like prayer interspersed with the narrative as well.
Recommended as a prayerful, encouraging companion for when God seems distant.
(I received a review copy. Opinions expressed are my own. The author is a fellow member of the Catholic Writers Guild.)
If you are a naturally upbeat, optimistic person, this is probably not the best book for you. But if you are like me and tend to suffer from depression or discouragement on a regular basis, you will find much to relate to in these pages. Ewing knows what it is to walk in the darkness. She struggles with her own chronic illness and with the challenges of raising two children with special needs. In this book, she writes of trying to find beauty and stay faithful to God when it seems there is no light to be found. Her journey is one that many of us can relate to and her words are beautiful and honest.
Here are a few quotes from the book that spoke to me:
"Our Lady is the way out of the darkness, for she points the way more quickly and easily to the Light of the World."
"My suffering must be united to Your Passion if anything meaningful or hopeful will become of it. . . Tears of sorrow are the seeds that I plant in Your hands today. With each that falls, I know you collect them all and care for each reason they existed. And then beautifully, majestically, you plant hope that bears lasting fruit from the seeds of suffering."
"When we suffer and choose that God may use it in any way he wills, we are transformed by graces, through hope, into joy."
"God desires my fidelity over secular accomplishments and accolades . . . The only true measure of success is that which leads us to heaven."
"Never underestimate the power of a whisper. There is someone, somewhere who is inspired, touched, and transformed by your faithfulness to God."
"I've realized that people are just starving for someone to notice them, to care about their suffering, to listen. When we do these things, however awkward it may feel for us, we're presenting the mercy of God to a world so lacking in real love."