Mother Susan's Book Recommendation:
You Are the Beloved: Daily Meditations for Spiritual Living, By Henri J. M. Nouwen
This daily devotional book is a compilation of Henri Nouwen's wisdom over a life-time. Truly - it is balm for the soul.
Like Henri's "Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith," this book also contains focused nuggets of lifegiving truth. Most mornings - as I read these half-page reflections, I am not only reminded of my own Belovedness by God, but feel like Henri's given me glimpses through a compassionate lens to 'see' as God does. He speaks about faith, love and death in ways that resonate with my heart and allow me to carry a blessing into my day to share with others. This book makes a great personal companion near your Prayer Chair for daily devotions. The good news is - you can also receive these daily devotions by email for no charge at https://henrinouwen.org.
Father Nick's Book Recommendation:
Walking in Wonder: Eternal Wisdom for a Modern World by John O'Donohue
In October, St. Christopher's will be hosting a Godly Play workshop for the Southeast region of the United States. As part of our program we will feature a John O'Donohue presentation on some of the theology present in Jerome Berryman's work. Finding examples in Berryman's writings on the subject of “wonder" has proved to be a very edifying as well as pleasing experience. O'Donohue's work on the other hand, albeit an indirect analog, is quite complementary to Berryman's in a variety of ways. In particular, O'Donohue's theology of “wonder" complements Berryman so well that I felt the need to share it will all of my Godly Play friends here. O'Donohue says that "wonder has a sister and her name is compassion." I think that is such a rich theological statement and worthy, so worthy, of discussion here for the many ways you all remain compelled to "walk in love" with one another.