Firstlight: The Early Inspirational Writings of Sue Monk Kidd

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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: 9780143059387
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/10/2006
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 5.84 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Monk Kidd

Sue Monk Kidd is the author of three novels, The Secret Life of Bees, The Mermaid Chair, and, most recently, The Invention of Wings, which will be published by Viking in January 2014. The Secret Life of Bees spent more than two and a half years on the New York Times bestseller list, was adapted into an award-winning movie, and has been translated into thirty-six languages. The Mermaid Chair, a #1 New York Times bestseller, was adapted into a television movie. She is also the author of the memoirs The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, When the Heart Waits, and, with her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor, the New York Times bestseller Traveling with Pomegranates. Her early writings on spirituality are collected in the book Firstlight. The recipient of numerous literary awards, Sue lives in southwest Florida with her husband, Sandy, and their black Lab, Lily.

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