Faith and Will: Weathering the Storms in Our Spiritual Lives

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"[A]n authentic, valuable, and introspective work" (Library Journal) from the bestselling author of The Artist's Way.

This inspiring book from the bestselling author of The Artist's Way explores one of the most vital questions that spiritual seekers encounter on the journey to enlightenment: Where do I turn when my soul is urging me to keep growing toward God but my mind and being, stubbornly, will not follow?

The author of more than thirty ...

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Overview

"[A]n authentic, valuable, and introspective work" (Library Journal) from the bestselling author of The Artist's Way.

This inspiring book from the bestselling author of The Artist's Way explores one of the most vital questions that spiritual seekers encounter on the journey to enlightenment: Where do I turn when my soul is urging me to keep growing toward God but my mind and being, stubbornly, will not follow?

The author of more than thirty groundbreaking books that deftly trace the intersection between art and faith, between creativity and spirit, Julia Cameron has earned millions of fans around the world. In this, her most personal book to date, she provides a heartbreakingly honest and insightful depiction of her struggle to reconnect to her faith and her realization that having faith, of necessity, means relinquishing will. A wise and passionate book, Faith and Will gently guides readers through the process of learning to let go and, in turn, learning to live.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Some Cameron fans will love this latest work from the writer and creativity guru who developed and wrote the multimillion-selling The Artist's Way, receiving it as another installment of unfolding spiritual wisdom. Others may think they've read this book before, because Cameron's views on spirituality-and its essential relationship to creativity-are basically a single note that she plays extensively and well. The core of her message-that the spiritual life is a daily surrender to God's plans for one's life-comes straight from the 12-step recovery movement that saved the author from her own alcoholism. In this book, Cameron adds a lot from the Bible, quoting frequently from Psalms and the epistles of Paul, which may surprise those readers who expect less scriptural spirituality. The book reads like stream of consciousness, with no chapter breaks, so it feels repetitive and lacking structure and progression. On the whole, there isn't much new, but maybe there needn't be; like a muscle, faith is built through repetition of beneficial actions that may not provide immediate results. (May)

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Library Journal

Cameron, the best-selling author of The Artist's Way, aspired in her middle years to write a book about God, specifically focusing on the "safety of God" as it relates to connecting or relating to the numinous. The result is an authentic, vulnerable, and introspective work. Cameron discloses her own losses, identity crises, and struggles to reconnect with and surrender to the divine. In addition, she shares anecdotes from the lives of her creative friends. She also draws inspiration from theologian Paul Tillich, psychiatrist Carl Jung, the biblical writers, and other wisdom figures. Faith and Will brings to mind the work of Anne Lamott, falling somewhere between Traveling Mercies and Bird by Bird. Creative souls (i.e., artists, writers, actors, musicians, etc.) especially will be drawn to this book, but any reader can glean pearls of wisdom from its pages: "Doubt is the shadow side of faith" and "God is intimate" are but two memorable quotes. Faith and Will is recommended-without hesitation.
—C. Brian Smith

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585428014
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/27/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 942,577
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia Cameron has been an active artist for more than thirty years. She is the author of twenty-nine books, fiction and nonfiction, including her bestselling works on the creative process: The Artist's Way, Walking in This World, Finding Water, The Right to Write, and The Sound of Paper. A novelist, playwright, songwriter, and poet, she has multiple credits in theater, film, and television.
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  • Posted May 8, 2009

    Newest title does not match excellence of author's previous works

    I ordered this book online out of respect for Cameron's earlier work, The Artist's Way, and was sadly disappointed. Being interested in how faith interacts with the writing process and the writer's quest, I envisioned this book to be a careful study of the development of a writer's faith, at the very least. Perhaps I expected practical applications of spiritual truth -- or a rugged defense of faith-based writing from a well-known faith-based author. In both respects this book was disappointing.

    This work seems to be formatted in a stream of consciousness style, and rambles on and on about the author's personal dilemma regarding faith. There are no chapter divisions, no subtitles, and rarely an indication of movement from one idea to the next. I kept reading out of respect for an accomplished writer, thinking I would find quotable passages to highlight and post on the wall for inspiration. More disappointment.

    I recommend reading a few pages of this book in a local bookstore before making a purchase. Julia Cameron is a masterful writer and this book may be what you are looking for. For me, today, it was not.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2009

    Very applicable. Title says it all.

    I am thoroughly enjoying this book. Although there are no chapters or breaks (which can make bookmarking a bit of a task), it is still great as I can relate.

    Unlike most of her other works which center around a creative profession, this one tosses aside fields of work and just gets straight to the point about the challenges involved in maintaining conscious spiritual contact with a higher power, whom she names God.

    It is clear to me Julia is a fellow Twelve-Stepper, and that is where this book is even more valuable to me, as I can relate very closely with the challenges of living in and by my will instead of seeking that of God's, and how faith is the answer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 20, 2010

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