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At the core of personal spiritual writing is a hungering for wholeness, for self, for meaning. The question of "Who am I?" reverberates quietly in these pages as does a willingness to be known.
---Sue Monk Kidd

Best-selling novelist Sue Monk Kidd shares her collection of early inspirational writings---tracing her growth as she experienced the joys, difficulties, and rewards of being daughter, wife, mother, nurse, and spiritual seeker. This ...

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Overview

At the core of personal spiritual writing is a hungering for wholeness, for self, for meaning. The question of "Who am I?" reverberates quietly in these pages as does a willingness to be known.
---Sue Monk Kidd

Best-selling novelist Sue Monk Kidd shares her collection of early inspirational writings---tracing her growth as she experienced the joys, difficulties, and rewards of being daughter, wife, mother, nurse, and spiritual seeker. This collection of non-fiction writings will provide insight into this popular writer, delighting fans of her international bestselling novels The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair.

In every life there are defining moments when one’s heart begins to open, when the realization of who one is begins to dawn. These moments may be huge---or they may be small and subtle. But each leaves a person forever changed. In Firstlight, bestselling author Sue Monk Kidd invites readers to accompany her as she reveals many of her own "firsts"---an invitation she hopes will help point readers to their own moments of awakening.

The stories and essays within are drawn from the author’s early writings for both Guideposts and, to a lesser extent, for other publications. They are loosely gathered around thirteen spiritual motifs, and offer an intimate glimpse into the early years of Monk Kidd’s journey as a writer and as a spiritual seeker.

Included are reflections on the author’s multiple roles as mother, daughter, wife, nurse, and writer. There are recollections about her year in Africa, meditations on her childhood, reflections on her marriage, and musings on a stream of ordinary moments---all of which add richness and meaning to the author’s spiritual journey.

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In addition to being a bestselling novelist, Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees, The Mermaid Chair) is also an accomplished author of spiritual memoirs, including God's Joyful Surprise, When the Heart Waits, and The Dance of the Dissident Daughter. This collection of her early inspirational writings is drawn from Guideposts, Weavings, and other publications. Meaningful snippets from a long spiritual journey.
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Most readers know Kidd for her blockbuster novels, The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair. Yet this nurse-turned-writer was known in traditional Christian circles for years for her inspirational essays and nonfiction spiritual memoirs (When the Heart Waits) until she turned to a more nontraditional feminine spirituality (The Dance of the Dissident Daughter). In the introduction, Kidd admits it was difficult to go back and reread her earlier work with an eye to publication. But "[a] significant portion of my life can be understood as spiritual quest and the articulation of that experience." Gleaned from Guideposts (for which she wrote for a dozen years), Weavings and other publications, these essays point to Kidd's desire to pay attention to her soul, a "repository of the inner Divine, the truest part of us," from which so much of her writing sprang. The subjects have universal appeal: a child sharing a red scarf with a homeless man; the need for solitude; fishing with her grandfather; the joy and pain of sending a child to college. Most of the essays have a point, which is neatly explained. Kidd's lovely prose, passion for the spiritual life and early instincts for telling a compelling story should help this book attract a wide readership. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824947064
  • Publisher: Ideals Publications
  • Publication date: 10/10/2006
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Monk Kidd

Sue Monk Kidd is a bestselling novelist and the author of three spiritual memoirs, God's Joyful Surprise, When the Heart Waits, and The Dance of the Dissident Daughter.

Biography

Sue Monk Kidd first made her mark on the literary circuit with a pair of highly acclaimed, well-loved memoirs detailing her personal spiritual development. However, it was a work of fiction, The Secret Life of Bees, that truly solidified her place among contemporary writers. Although Kidd is no longer writing memoirs, her fiction is still playing an important role in her on-going journey of spiritual self-discovery.

Despite the fact that Kidd's first published books were nonfiction works, her infatuation with writing grew out of old-fashioned, Southern-yarn spinning. As a little girl in the little town of Sylvester, Georgia, Kidd thrilled to listen to her father tell stories about "mules who went through cafeteria lines and a petulant boy named Chewing Gum Bum," as she says on her web site. Inspired by her dad's tall tales, Kidd began keeping a journal that chronicled her everyday experiences.

Such self-scrutiny surely gave her the tools she needed to pen such keenly insightful memoirs as When the Hearts Waits and The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, both tracking her development as both a Christian and a woman. "I think when you have an impulse to write memoir you are having an opportunity to create meaning of your life," she told Barnes & Noble.com, "to articulate your experience; to understand it in deeper ways... and after a while, it does free you from yourself, of having to write about yourself, which it eventually did for me."

Once Kidd had worked the need to write about herself out of her system, she decided to get back to the kind of storytelling that inspired her to become a writer in the first place. Her debut novel The Secret Life of Bees showed just how powerfully the gift of storytelling charges through Kidd's veins. The novel has sold more than 4.5 million copies, been published in over twenty languages, and spent over two years on The New York Times bestseller list.

Even as Kidd has shifted her focus from autobiography to fiction, she still uses her writing as a means of self-discovery. This is especially evident in her latest novel The Mermaid Chair, which tells the story of a woman named Jessie who lives a rather ordinary life with her husband Hugh until she meets a man about to take his final vows at a Benedictine monastery. Her budding infatuation with Brother Thomas leads Jessie to take stock of her life and resolve an increasingly intense personal tug-of-war between marital fidelity and desire.

Kidd feels that through telling Jessie's story, she is also continuing her own journey of self-discovery, which she began when writing her first books. "I think there is some part of that journey towards one's self that I did experience. I told that particular story in my book The Dance of the Dissident Daughter and it is the story of a woman's very-fierce longing for herself. The character in The Mermaid Chair Jessie has this need to come home to herself in a much deeper way," Kidd said, "to define herself, and I certainly know that longing."

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Kidd lives beside a salt marsh near Charleston, South Carolina, with her husband, Sandy, a marriage and individual counselor in private practice, and a black lab named Lily.

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  • Posted May 1, 2009

    Inspirational gift for the blind

    I have enjoyed all her stories in Guideposts, so believe this book will be interesting and inspirational for a blind relative.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    Another great read from Sue Monk Kidd

    Provocative story of mother and adult daughter connecting as two adults as they travel together. For any mother or daughter: we've all been there. As soon as I finished reading this book (and I couldn't put it down) I passed it on to my daughter. I expect some good conversation when she returns it.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    Sue Monk Kidd Does It Again

    The firsts from S M Kidd, beautiful... shows her development of her writing style. Nice to relax in the bath with.

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    Posted June 1, 2008

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    As a teenager & college student, I was first unknowingly reading Sue Monk Kidd's voice thanks to a gift subscription to Guideposts from my sister. Guess SMK was the first inspirational writer who ever whispered in my ear and heart with any regularity. However, I just recently connected SMK's bylines of long ago. Her progressive writing journey is definitely worth checking out. Love the way SMK confides her vulnerability to her readers with honesty and the personableness of a close friend/journal. Her ability to move readers remains fresh--timeless. Readers can find themselves in her and through her words. This time I was the cheerful giver and gave my sister a gift back: The First Light book. And 'thanks' SMK. You shine! Great gift book for relatives, friends, nurses, writers and teachers.

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