Sunday, June 12, 2016

Book Review: Living Beautifully

by Pema Chödrön

Pema Chödrön does it again, opens the doorway to practice, rooted in the realness of our life experience, and yet very doable for all of us, no matter where we are in our spiritual journey. In her book, Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change, she introduces us to the Three Commitments, 3 vows taken in her spiritual tradition. She invites us to make these commitments for ourselves, with the awareness that we are not trying to be perfect in them, but to use them as an anchor, a returning point in our daily living.

In her usual style, she breaks the practices down into small, manageable steps and then shares both stories from her teachers and from her own life to help us understand them. Her humility in revealing her stumblings adds humor and compassion to our personal journeys. She is gentle and simple in her approach. Each time I read her, I feel easily connected to both my humanness and my inner sense of the Divine. Her writings never grow old for me and I do not hesitate to recommend her to everyone. Well done Pema.

Review by Rev. Ruth Barnhart, a staff minister at Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa.

Living Beautifully is available from Stepping Stones Books and Gifts.

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