Being Home: Discovering the Spiritual in the Everyday

Being Home: Discovering the Spiritual in the Everyday

by Gunilla Brodde Norris
     
 
This classic book of meditations is an eloquent celebration of the spirituality of everyday objects and activities. Daily routines such as making the bed, reading the newspaper, sweeping the floor, and cooking supper are illuminated by examining their relationship to the Divine. Beginning with the first stirrings of consciousness in the morning, passing through the

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This classic book of meditations is an eloquent celebration of the spirituality of everyday objects and activities. Daily routines such as making the bed, reading the newspaper, sweeping the floor, and cooking supper are illuminated by examining their relationship to the Divine. Beginning with the first stirrings of consciousness in the morning, passing through the ordinary tasks of a day at home, and ending with bedtime benediction, Gunilla Norris gently reminds us that nothing is too common to speak to us. In the tradition of lectio divina, each meditation's subject is closely, contemplatively examined.

Being Home is not only a beautiful collection of household meditations but also an important essay on how and why we should work toward simplicity-materially, socially, and spiritually.

The meditations are complemented by Greta Sibley's small photographs of familiar objects, which both mirror and interpret the text.

About the Authors:
Gunilla Norris lives in Mystic, Connecticut, where she works as a writer, meditation teacher and psychotherapist in private practice. In addition to Being Home, she is the author of three other books on spirituality in everyday life: Becoming Bread, Sharing Silence, and Journeying in Place. She has also written eleven children's books and a collection of poems, Learning from the Angel.

Greta D. Sibley began her career overseas in Seoul, Korea, where she worked as a photographer and publisher. Now located in Northampton, Massachusetts, Greta focuses her attention on the design and production of books for publishing companies. In addition, Greta publishes handmade, limited editions of artists' books with partner Daniel E. Kelm, and co-directs a program of workshops in the book arts.

Editorial Reviews

Spiritual Book News
...both a lovely collection of household meditations and an important reminder of why we should all work toward simplicity--materially, socially, and spiritually.
...both a lovely collection of household meditations and an important reminder of why we should all work toward simplicity--materially, socially, and spiritually.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781587680144
Publisher:
Paulist Press
Publication date:
01/02/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
505,387
Product dimensions:
4.87(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.28(d)

What People are saying about this

Desmond M. Tutu
Remove your shoes, for this is holy ground. I was almost breathless with wonder at the beauty of Gunilla Norris's words-so simple and yet so profound, striking home gently because they are so true, so authentic.
Joanna Macy
So many voices nowadays call for integration of contemplation with daily life, but few reveal such helpful and luminous ways of doing it as Gunilla Norris in Being Home. It really nourishes the soul.
Henri J. Nouwen
There is a real need for the moment-by-moment prayer and celebration of God that this book would seem to express, and I hope and pray that it will help many readers in their own spiritual journeys.
David Steindl-Rast
Being Home is a masterpiece, a book that needs to be savored, a book to live with.
M. Scott Peck
This is the single best book I know on the subject of the sacrament of the present moment, and a great work of devotional literature.
Anne Bancroft
Gunilla Norris brings a new awareness of the sacred nature of all life.
Madeleine L'Engle
Gunilla Norris's meditations are beautiful and human and show the glory in the ordinary.
Harold S. Kushner
Just when I had about given up, along comes Gunilla Norris to reaffirm the possibility of writing prayers about real life in today's world.
Thich Nhat Nanh
Gunilla Norris's simple precepts for meditating and living have a translucent quality. We can all benefit greatly by observing them.

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