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Posted October 19, 2010
Maggie Steincrohn Davis is a gift to the world. How she has come to tread through life so supportingly and so gently amazes us all - especially those who have had the experience of sharing her thoughts is this caressing book CARING IN REMEMBERED WAYS: THE FRUIT OF SEEING DEEPLY. Attempting to 'review' this book seems in many ways absurd, for how can anyone write these thoughts she shares so abundantly and quietly any better than she? But often the hope of a review is to encourage others who may not know about a book to notice, take the time to place it in the personal library, and read if very often. It would be a pleasure to quote passages from every section of this book to truly share the magic Davis weaves. But she says so much in her introduction - words that are repeatedly bourne out on every page of the book - that it seems a sensible place to start. 'Caring in remembered ways is a caring in ways the heart knows and the world longs for. It is being all we are for the sake of all of us, moving beyond courtesy and kindness and empathy to the living compassion - the fruit of seeing deeply - that enlivens all the rest.' Part of the important message of these pages is to care for ourselves, nurturing our own souls so that we are available to our fellowmen. She offers conversations and situations in which in a matter of a few words she explains how listening with our whole being, free of judgment, free of body language while the one beside us is sharing, free of offering solutions - how simply listening with compassion can alter the needy person's life and in turn provide a sense of rightness that permeates our own minds and hearts. Her examples will find memory ties in all of us - situations that mimic periods of experience we have encountered and sometimes, even, we have truly been there for someone who needed caring - and she suggests how we can enter a person's sphere of need and provide the caring ear and support that seems to have vanished from this chaotic world we now inhabit. In a time when the quality of the word 'heart' has been so vulgarized Davis reminds us of what HEART really is. It is the font from which we can be still, be thoughtful, and be wholly present, the place where these means of truly caring originate and grow. The heart is compassion. This reader has found so much solace in these pages, but more important, Davis has the kind gift to awaken forgotten moments of what it means to be a caring being. Read this from the earth book and you will be looking for Davis' wings.... Grady HarpWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 30, 2002
CARING IN REMEMBERED WAYS is the kind of book I reach for when I crave nourishing insights during trying times in my life. Maggie Steincrohn Davis' book about loving and caring for ourselves and others is true food for the soul, written like poetry. Thirty-one graceful entries gently serve up tasty morsels of ancient wisdom (such as how to see from the heart, or face times when loved ones are dying) alongside a garnish of amusing and heart-warming personal anecdotes. I love the way Maggie understands all the subtle nuances of care-giving, and the ways love can reach through any situation, when we imagine it can. She writes, 'Only by reaching 'beyond-the-beyond' of people -- behind their eyes, back of their pain, beneath their blaming and irritation and fussing -- do we make a path to the best in them. Treating someone with compassion who does not treat us well in return might be our fullest offering of love, as well as our own greatest relief during the daily rounds of vigilance and giving.' In this book, every sentence feels like a prayer and a meditation on love and compassion. As I read each comforting entry, I find myself feeling like I'm back in the warm, sunny days of my childhood -- snugly wrapped by my mother in a fluffy towel after a warm bath. CARING IN REMEMBERED WAYS can help brighten and warm even the darkest, coldest days in one's life. It's the ideal pick-me-up for anyone who grows weary of caring for and nurturing others, and even oneself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 13, 2001
Maggie has written a beautiful book about taking care of our fellow man. Her words flow like a calming river, bathing our souls in caring consciousness. This book will teach you deeply and remind you we are all human. Maggie helps us hear the thoughts of the ill and dying. She takes us by the hand and leads us into their world. How do you handle a parents death, a friends illness, the loss of a pet? What do you say to a friend experiencing a loss? How do you feel about your own aging? These are issues we will all have to face in our life. Her words inspire us to move beyond courtesy and kindness and realize empathy. She evokes this feeling through a montage of anecdotes, meditations, stories from her own life, collected quotes, eternal wisdom and rivers of thoughts which run deeply over the rocky river beds of life. The philosophy is to see the beauty and interconnectedness of all life. The goal is to strive to think, speak and act from what we see. Maggie has been listening to her own heart and the concerns of others for years. She has absorbed this knowledge and wants to pass it on to us in a way that affirms the best a human can be. She reminds us: '...any life we care for well can remind us of all we are capable of giving.' I highly recommend this 'drink for the soul' to nurses, doctors, hospice volunteers, families caring for their loved ones, and everyone who feels disconnected and wants to start learning how to care for others. How beautiful the world would be if we could all know what Maggie knows in her heart. How caring of her to share her knowledge with us. By reading this book you will realize how the smallest deed can have a positive effect in your own neighborhood. If you nourish yourself with the attitude of compassion, at the same time you will leave attitudes of worry, self-doubt, blame, fear, resentment and pettiness to die without your care. Maggie started Neighborcare to provide hands-on-care, plant care, pet care, help with errands, meal preparation, housekeeping, help with outside chores and help with transportation to medical appointments. Her vision for the future is to encourage others to serve the ill, dying, injured and heartsick. She applauds volunteer efforts and I believe she is going to succeed in bringing awareness to caring with this thoughtful book from her heart. The lessons presented in 'Caring in Remembered Ways' are your guides to compassion. Along the journey of collected thoughts you may not see the words through you own tears. This is when you will most clearly see the needs of your own soul and the needs of fellow souls traveling with you in life. If you plant the thoughts from this inspiring book in your soul, caring will grow. 'It is not how much we do, but how much love we put into doing it.' --Mother TeresaWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.