Joan Chittister’s new book, “Between the Dark and the Daylight: Embracing the Contradictions of Life” is filled with insight and wisdom. It is a guide to help our soul confront those fears, questions, and problems that haunt us in the middle of the night. This book provides a framework for us to better understand ourselves and to better understand our relationship with God.
She writes about many topics that we deal with in our busy, stressed out world. Each chapter introduces a new topic. Some examples are: The Mirage of Security, The Success of Failure, The Liberation in Loss and The Loneliness of Love. She writes about how each challenge is an opportunity for growth. By going inward to the depth of our spirit we can find the light in the darkness.
This book provides life changing awareness to help navigate through life’s disappointments, losses, and confusions. There is a lot of great advice. It takes the centuries old spiritual wisdom and applies them to our modern world.
This is a book I will reread many times. It is a beautifully written treasure that will probably become a spiritual classic.
Some of my favorite quotes:
“Without risk we live in a small world of small dreams and lost possibilities.”
“Growth is the boundary between the darkness of unknowing and the light of new wisdom, new insight, new vision of who and what we ourselves have become.”
“Loss frees us to begin again, to be seen differently, to tap into something inside of ourselves that even we were never really sure was there.”
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.