Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within

Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within

by Karen Hering

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Overview

Through the power of everyday words, find and deepen your connection with faith and self in the spiritual practice of writing.

Whether you approach this book primarily as a reader or a writer, you can open a rich correspondence with yourself and learn what your own heart has to say. Karen Hering offers a path of self-exploration and a contemplative practice of writing that engages memory and imagination, story and poetry, images and the timeless wisdom of world religions and myth-ology. It will open your ear to your own truths while opening your heart to the world around you.

Blending writing prompts, meditations, and stories, this book invites you to begin wherever you are and discover your own unique relation­ship with language, spirituality, and the world around you. The next chapter is yours to write, and Writing to Wake the Soul offers all you need to write it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582705996
Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
Publication date: 12/22/2015
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 449,237
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Karen Hering is a writer and ordained Unitarian minister. Her emerging ministry of poetry and story, Faithful Words, offers programs that engage writing as a spiritual practice and a tool for social action. Her writing has been published in numerous periodicals and anthologies, including the Amoskeag literary journal, the Star Tribune (Minneapolis), and Creative Transformation. She serves as a consulting literary minister in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction xv

Part I The Spiritual Practice of Writing

1 Why We Write 3

2 Why Metaphors Matter 11

3 Writing as a Spiritual Practice 21

4 The Invitation of Ellipses … 33

5 A Practical Guide to Contemplative Correspondence 43

Part II In Your Own Words

6 Writing about Faith 61

7 Writing about Prayer 79

8 Writing about Sin 97

9 Writing about Love 113

10 Writing about Justice 129

11 Writing about Hope 145

12 Writing about Redemption 161

13 Writing about Grace 175

11 Writing about Hospitality 189

15 Writing about Reverence 207

Last Words 227

Acknowledgments 229

Appendices 233

Notes 255

Contributors 275

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