by Christian Larson
The classic, The Pathway of Roses, by Christian Larson, has been on my bookshelf for years. The first thing I need to say about this updated version is that, as a woman, it is refreshingly easy to read in gender neutral language. The publisher, Newt List, has done a wonderful job in seamlessly taking out the language, which has for eons, left women feeling slightly excluded from the text.
In his book, Larson beautifully marries the understanding of our consciousness as that which brings forth the experiences of our lives with the deeper practice of living from the awareness of the one life, the one true source and reality. He makes it clear that we are not just simply changing our thinking, but more accurately, learning to see from a higher perspective, and then to live from this new vantage point. He invites us to dwell in the words of Truth that lift us up and then amply supplies those words. In this way, we become imbued with the greater truth of our being, the knowing that we and life are whole and wholly one.
Review by Rev. Ruth Barnhart, a staff minister at Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa.
The Pathway of Roses is available from Stepping Stones Books and Gifts.