Here is the book I have been longing to read, although I didn’t know it was this book until I received it.
The Road of Blessing – Finding God’s Direction for Your Life by Penelope Wilcock, Monarch Books, 2011.
Disclosure: Penelope is a friend via blogging; you will find a link to her blog at left, “Kindred of the Quiet Way.” I would love this book anyway. It is a very English book. While my writing is influenced by an environment of boreal granite and wild nordic rivers, Pen’s style is fragrant with moss-covered banks under oak trees, and sweet, meandering waterways.
I have been pondering for a long time how to get it across to people that Christianity is a nature religion – we are inexorably tied to the natural world, the creation God set before us. It seems most theologians and believers see our faith as philosophical, intellectual, urban rather than rural; sophisticated rather than natural.
I was also frustrated that women turned away from Christianity as being too masculine, too militant, too far above our concerns about creativity and generation. I wanted to find an acceptable door into Christian faith for young women who were not raised in the church, or who were turning from the church they viewed as cold and dominating.
This is the book.
It is rooted, and I really mean rooted – in the natural world. It is feminine without being politcally feminist. It is Celtic without being romantic. It is a book about the gentleness of God, about scripture, about a natural faith.
It seeks the seekers. It opens the gates to the road of blessing wherever we are, and lets us in.
It is organic, gentle, inviting, warm.
I don’t want to give away the wonder you will find in this book, but I have not enjoyed a book on faith and spiritual growth this much in many years.