BN.com Gift Guide

This Blessed Mess

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 87%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (43) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $29.38   
  • Used (42) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$29.38
Seller since 2011

Feedback rating:

(920)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
Brand new and unread! Join our growing list of satisfied customers!

Ships from: Phoenix, MD

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by

Overview

Offering hope and encouragement in the face of life's chaos, Pat Livingston's good-humored stories are sure to resonate with readers, especially women. Growing up, she believed that if you work hard and --do the right things-- all will be well. Then chaos happened, nothing universal--just ordinary, everyday chaos. Now, with wit and wisdom in Pat's personal stories, she shares with us her lifetime of taming chaos. This Blessed Mess not only invites readers to do the same but assures us that in the midst of all the "craziness" we can discover as she did the seeds of creativity and hope.

Introduction: This is a book about struggle. It is about how struggle overtakes us without our permission. It is about what lies within struggle and beyond it. It is about what we can do with struggle and what it can do with us. Material for this book has been gathering in me for thirty-five years, since I first faced reality as a young adult and strained to comprehend the dynamics of life's difficulty. I write out of my experience, recognizing clearly that my life has been far less painful than the lives of so many around the world and across time. This book is simply an expression of my effort to understand my own events, shared in the hope that it might speak to the lives of others. A collection of what is especially meaningful to me is offered here--insights and images from my own life, from study and conversation, from songs and books. Mostly there are stories. All of them point to the same thing: Life is filled with struggle. Struggle is filled with Love. Life is, as the title says, "This Blessed Mess." The first half of the book is an attempt to describe how this process reveals itself: "The Interplay of Chaos and Creation." The rest of the book is about dealing with the challenge, offering practical ways to resist being deadened by the mysterious dance. What helps? How do we hold on long enough to know--it ain't over 'til it's over? The second half is: "What Helps Us Move to Creation." These understandings, wrung from my living, have made a difference to me. I offer them in case they might be of some encouragement to you. As you read, I hope that my stories will remind you of stories of your own; that my insights will confirm your own conclusions; that my activities and prayers will connect with ways, transcendent and pragmatic, you have found for "heartening." Sometime, perhaps, you'll pass yours on to me.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893732155
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Part 1 The Interplay of Chaos and Creation 11
1 Coming Across Chaos 13
2 The Science of Chaos 17
3 Chaos Has Its Own Time 23
4 Creation Out of Chaos 29
5 Grappling With Mystery 35
6 The Blessing in the Struggle 41
7 The Grip of Fear 47
8 The Gift of Vulnerability 55
Part 2 What Helps Us Move to Creation 61
9 Holding on to a Core Belief 63
10 Remembering That God Initiates 69
11 Caring for Ourselves and Others 77
12 Connecting With Life 85
13 Reading and Remembering 89
14 Laughing Amidst the Mess 93
15 Looking for Goodness 99
16 Deepening Our Joy 107
17 Hanging in There 117
18 Praying 127
19 The Ending: Amen 133
References 141
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(2)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2000

    Living the 'chaotic' life? You're not alone.

    This book was given to me as an early Christmas gift. An autographed copy, my parents met Ms. Livingston at a recent conference. She's as genuine and beautiful in person as she is in this book. Living among the 'chaos' of raising a family, I could identify with much of what she said. I felt her joy, pain, sorrow, and excitement as she described what it's like living in the real world - as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, and dear friend. And I learned how most definitely 'creation' can come from 'chaos.' A book I couldn't put down - I read it in one afternoon/evening. I could read it again today. Thanks to my parents for the gift of the book; thanks to Ms. Livingston for the gift of her words.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2000

    Picking Up The Pieces

    Whose life doesn't have some disasters? Somemessy stuff? As I read Pat Livingston's bookI found myself looking at the hurricanes andstorms in my own life too: deaths, othersdoing things I wish they didn't, etc. WhatPatricia Livingston's book did for me is tosee the positive in the negative and laugh.She must have begun by hearing about 'ChaosTheory' from scientists when talking aboutstorms and earthquakes and floods and the'messes' and disasters that one hears on theevening news and applied that theory to herown heart and home. She takes complicated'Chaos Theory' and makes it real for givinglight to life's everyday messes: a divorce, aflooded kitchen, the painter painting herapartment khaki instead of white, getting tothe plane on time and dealing with flightdelays, her dad's advancing Alzheimer'sdisease and then death and then her mom'sdeath, etc.It's good autobiograhy; it's goodspirituality; it's a great read.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)