Henri Nouwen’s book, Making All Things New, is one of my every-summer reads. I have several books on my shelf that call out to me again and again. This is one.
I love everything about this little book, the cover, the title, the sub-title, the author and the beautiful invitation. I know, when I sit down with one of Nouwen’s books, I will need a quiet space, pencil, and journal. I cannot read his books without marking, commenting and pausing. This book, like many of others of mine, is marked, ear tagged and lovingly worn.
The first sentences of this book read, “The spiritual life is not a life before, after, or beyond our everyday existence. No, the spiritual life can only be real when it is lived in the midst of the pains and joys of the here and now.” Such a beautiful invitation encouraging the reader to continue on. Not only reading, but to continue on with our days, when filled with both hope and doubt, joy and pain, laughter and tears.
I invite you, into this beautiful book. May you sink deep into it’s pages, quietly and carefully piecing together what it means for you to live a spiritual life.
I leave you with these words from page 91, “God speaks to us not only once in a while but always. Day and night, during work and during play, in joy and in sorrow, God’s spirit is actively present in us. Our task is to allow that presence to become real for us in all we do, say, or think.”
Love and Light,