Language: English | EPUB | ISBN-10: 1592858252 | 2011 | 168 pages | 1 MB
For those who don't believe in God, feel disconnected from the ideas of God presented in organized religion, or are simply struggling to determine their own spiritual path, Marya Hornbacher, author of the New York Times best sellers Madness & Wasted, offers a down-to-earth exploration of the concept of faith.
Many of us have been trained to think of spirituality as the sole provenance of religion; & if we have come to feel that the religious are not the only ones with access to a spiritual life, we may still be casting about for what, precisely, a spiritual life would be, without a God, a religion, or a solid set of spiritual beliefs.
In Waiting, best-selling author Marya Hornbacher uses the story of her own journey beginning with her recovery from alcoholism to offer a fresh approach to cultivating a spiritual life. Relinquishing the concept of a universal "Spirit" that exists outside of us, Hornbacher gives us the framework to explore the human spirit in each of us--the very thing that sends us searching, that connects us with one another, the thing that "comes knocking at the door of our emotionally & intellectually closed lives & asks to be let in."
When we let it in & only when we do, she says, we begin to be integrated people. & we begin to walk a spiritual path. & there are many points along the way where we stop, or we fumble, or we get tangled up or turned around. Those are the places where we wait.
Waiting, you'll discover, can become a kind of spiritual practice in itself, requiring patience, acceptance, & stillness. Sometimes we do it because we know we need to, though we may not know why. In short, we do it on faith.
Marya Hornbacher is the author of two best-selling nonfiction titles, Madness: A Bipolar Life & Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia & Bulimia. She has also authored a recovery h&book, Sane: Mental Illness, Addiction, & the 12 Steps, & a critically acclaimed novel, The Center of Winter.
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