To "mind the light" is a Quaker practice of learning to see God's light both around and inside you. Depending on its strength, tone, and slant, light changes how you perceive the world and other people. Depending on how you respond to it, illumination can help you grow in appreciation of the soulful things of life. Minding the Light invites you to explore the connectedness between inner vision and outer perception, between the life of the soul and the everyday life before you as you gaze with spiritual "eyes."
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 144 Vendor: Paraclete Press Publication Date: 2006
This profound little book invites readers to see both their inner and outer lives with spiritual eyes, a Quaker practice of learning to see God's light both around and inside one another.
Paraclete Press, known to religious readers as well as followers of this
column for its helpful reprints of Christian classics, continues to dust off
its image and expand its reach with this charming and unassuming volume of
spiritual reflection from the hand of Bill (Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker
Spirituality), a Friends minister in Indiana. The spirituality and practice of
the Friends cover a broad spectrum of adherence to or divergence from
Christian belief and nonviolence, but the notion of Light the Inner Light, or
God's Light runs through most Quaker experience. Bill's book simply and
gracefully delineates sources of Light in the world and nature that connect to
the believer's own inner experience of Light. For most collections.
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Those seeking a series of clever tips for cultivating spiritual growth
overnight will not want to delve into this deceptively simple meditation on
the Quaker custom of mindful seeing. A Friends minister and author of Holy
Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality, Bill describes his book as "a way of
seeing our inner and outer lives with spiritual eyes and discovering the
connectedness between inner and outer sight." Like a neighborly conversation
across a kitchen table, this slender volume emphasizes the mundane details of
daily life as they are enlightened by being attentive to the Spirit of God
that Quakers believe dwells within each person. As much the writer's
spiritual diary as it is an objective primer in spiritual exploration, the
book includes chapters on learning to see God's light in creation, in others,
within ourselves and in God. Brimming with homely parables of spiritual
illumination found in museum exhibits, snowstorms or the expression on his
beloved wife Nancy's face (she appears quite frequently), the book is
punctuated with frequent "illuminating moments" or questions intended to evoke
reflection. Bill's plethora of examples of spiritual sight sometimes overwhelm
the point he wants to make, but readers interested in learning more about
Quaker spiritual practices will find this a useful volume. (Sept.) Copyright
2006 Reed Business Information.
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