Several new books to foster adult spiritual formation have just come out. Here are my reviews of a great variety of newly published books:
Own Your Everyday: Overcome the Pressure to Prove and Show Up for What You Were Made to Do by Jordan Dooley, truly inspired me. The author speaks to women struggling with difficult periods in their lives, as well as perfectionism, shame, insecurities, distractions, rejection, and other obstacles to peace and emotional well-being. Dooley is a wonderful storyteller, and she uses highly relatable metaphors from everyday life to illustrate her points. I loved this book and found it very helpful. Highly recommended.t
Healing Every Day: A 90 Day Devotional Journey by Mary DeMuth.This is a terrific book of daily devotionals and scripture readings, all focused on healing from whatever “stuff” you may be going through. I’ve used this book for the last couple of months, and I’ve loved it.
Road to Grantchester by James Runcie is a prequel to the hit TV show. This beautifully written book gives a marvelous portrait of a young WWII soldier as he slowly feels the call to become a priest in the Church of England. This is one of the best written books I’ve read in a long time; I read it in two sittings. It is very Anglican in tone – not preachy, but subtle and powerful in its religious language and concepts. Episcopalians in the United States will love it. Great for church reading groups or book clubs.
The Path of Life: Walking in the Loving Presence of God by Lisa Robertson This is a very nice book of Christian witness and encouragement for women. The author grew up Episcopalian and married the son of Pat Robertson (of the 700 Club). I appreciated the author’s candor and willingness to deal with tough life challenges. She tells stories of her own life and how she overcame difficult times through faith. I especially appreciated her discussion of the break-up of her own church and how she used this crisis to move on to new and successful ministry. This book would make a fine text for a women’s Bible study or book group, probably for more conservative parishes. Discussion questions for each chapter are included in the back.