The Soulmaking Room

The Soulmaking Room

by Joanna Bradley (Editor)


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The Soulmaking Room addresses the spiritual challenges of the middle years. For many people, these years bring failure, uncertainty, and losses. Dee Dee Risher probes how struggles, losses, failures, and pain can actually result in a spiritually whole, authentic life.

In this personal, funny, and vulnerable narrative, Risher is unrelentingly honest about money, race, marriage, class, parenting, and spirituality. This powerful, poetic book shows how grappling with universal experiences of human life can make people more resilient, deeper, and more true to their identity. The Soulmaking Room is for anyone who wants to look life right in the eye and come out more whole.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780835815253
Publisher: Upper Room Books
Publication date: 04/01/2016
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 337,996
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Preface 13

The Ancient Story 17

Part I Living Among My Own People

Chapter 1 Prophet, Woman, Holy Room 21

Chapter 2 Where My People Came From 27

Chapter 3 The Boat 36

Chapter 4 Faith of Our Forebears 44

Part II Threshold and Door

Chapter 5 A Room for the Wayfarer 53

Chapter 6 Crossing the Border 57

Chapter 7 To Dream a World Beyond Race 64

Chapter 8 Life in the Red-Light District 71

Chapter 9 Crossing the Rubicon 80

Chapter 10 One Wild and Lovely Life 89

Part III Of Gifts, Loss, and Persistence

Chapter 11 Tell Me Something Real 99

Chapter 12 The Woodshed of Grace 103

Chapter 13 Bed, Table, Lamp Confessions on Marriage and Family I 112

Chapter 14 Parenting, Privilege, and Loss Confessions on Marriage and Family II 119

Chapter 15 The Second Touch Confessions on Race and Class I 129

Chapter 16 Raising Children Across the Divide Confessions on Race and Class II 138

Chapter 17 This Reeling Earth Confessions of a First-World Consumer I 148

Chapter 18 Who Will Save the Frogs? Confessions of a First-World Consumer II 155

Part IV Finding Our Own Face

Chapter 19 The Truth about Dreams 169

Chapter 20 One Light Burning 174

Chapter 21 Coming Home to Ourselves 180

Chapter 22 The Door of Authenticity 185

Chapter 23 Finding Shafts of Light 192

Chapter 24 Some New Face 197

Notes 208

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