Sunday, July 06, 2008

Sleeping With Bread

During a quiet holiday-weekend evening I had an opportunity to read this book, by the trio of Sheila Fabricant-Linn, Dennis Linn and Matthew Linn. The title refers to anxious refugee children during World War II, who were finally comforted and calmed after their rescue when they were given pieces of bread to sleep with -- a tactile promise that they were safe and would be taken care of.

Sleeping With Bread actually a primer in the practice of examen, simplified and somewhat secularized for a general readership; it explains how a regular practice of mindfully exploring the things in our lives that feed us spiritually and emotionally and the things that seem to suck the life out of us can help us find meaning and direction.

This is a very present, pressing concern in my own life, so I found the book helpful. I also think it would make a great focus for a small-group study.

3 comments:

Jan said...

This is a lovely book.

Diane said...

wow, thanks for the recommendation. I have heard about this one, and now I know I need to check it out.

PamBG said...

Glad you enjoyed it! :-) I just bought another copy for a friend.