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  1. Mother of 5
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Thought Provoking
    April 14, 2020
    Mother of 5
    Steve took some "old standbys" and made them new again. This book will get you to think about facets of your faith that you might have completely forgotten about. If ever there was a time to slow down and rekindle your faith, find your roots, and re-center your mind, this is it and this book will guide you through that process.
  2. Julia
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Breathing Deeper
    April 13, 2020
    Julia
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have been waiting for a book like this for a long time. Wiens has a way of inviting us into a re-engaged spirituality that feels real, safe, expansive and rich. His language, humor, depth of knowledge and practicality are approachable -- turning the ordinary into the divine and restoring delight to this thing we call faith. I highly recommend this book to anyone... especially those who struggle with God, the church or religion in general. I found myself breathing deeper and enjoying the mystery yet presence of God in our midst.
  3. Verna
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Nearness of God
    April 13, 2020
    Verna
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I finished reading Steve's book, I cried. I didn't want it to be over. It seemed as if I could feel God's bountiful love embracing me, the reader, from every page. The wrestlings, searching and doubts that often crowd my inner landscape were laid out gently on the pages of this book as we are invited to be with ourselves and God in that often times messy place.

    Steve leads us with loving hospitality, to inhabit the stories of Scripture in ways that invite us deeper into the mystery of what it means to seen by God.

    This is a book about how to find God, when it has been hard, and the rules change, and when we have maybe been told that we aren't good enough, or we don't come to church enough, or tithe enough, or, or, or..........This is a book about how I can have a loving relationship with God.

    There are seven practices that are suggested as time honored spiritual tools that are by design portals to bring us closer to the nearness of God; there in the nearness of God, we may feel a new joy and freedom.

  4. sortgies
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Rekindling Your Faith Journey
    April 13, 2020
    sortgies
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    After reading Shining Like the Sun, I felt a sense of freedom and hopefulness to once again rekindle my faith journey. It was a book I couldn't put down, but know I will return to often to reference the seven mindful practices Steve Wiens offers to assist us along our way. "Practicing mindfulness by returning to Here allows us to see each moment as a place where God is eternally waiting for us with love". Simple yet profound.
  5. Karab
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Timely and Encouraging
    April 8, 2020
    Karab
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The last thing on my to do list this week was to read a book for pleasure. But these are strange days and I knew I needed to find something to provide a measure of hope or encouragement. Having enjoyed Steve Wiens books in the past, I thought at least this was likely to be an enjoyable read.

    We are living through an unprecedented time of chaos, disruption and grief. But what a profound time this is to consider the practices the author highlights in this book: attentiveness, ordinariness, simplicity, rhythm, conversation, delight, and restoration. I was expecting an enjoyable book, and what I found with Shining Like the Sun was a timely and deeply encouraging work.

    In Shining Like the Sun, Steve Wiens weaves together personal narrative, poetry, Biblical story, and favorite HBO shows with tangible practices for those of us who desire to be more present in our daily lives.

    Our household (like so many) is juggling a great deal right now: sheltering in place, working from home, maintaining healthy relationships with one another, helping our first grader play and process and engage in distance learning. By the time I make it to bed each day I am exhausted, replaying the places where I didn't quite measure up. Last night I remembered the mantra from this books chapter on ordinariness: Its okay. You are doing the best you can. My ordinary self does not have to be perfect. God is with me as I am.

    My hope is that as we forge our way through this unknown, we might be able to carry with us the helpful tools laid out in Shining Like the Sun. And in doing so, experience God in a fresh and new way.
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