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Book details
  • Genre:BODY, MIND & SPIRIT
  • SubGenre:Spirituality / General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:104
  • eBook ISBN:9780986468674

Notes to a Friend

by Joy Cowley

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Overview
Notes to a Friend is a book for people whose spiritual journey takes them outside of a structured religious context. Scriptural references that are cherished by many Christians, have no meaning for a large number of people but increasingly these same people are attending workshops, retreats and days of reflection. They are outside religious structures, and are likely to remain so, but are all seeking maps for the journey. The author has clothed the word of God with new flesh. This book borrows from centuries of Christian devotion but leaves out the "church' language that sounds alien to many.
Description
For centuries, western society has been embedded in Christian teaching. Now, for a number of reasons, this has changed. Surveys reveal that while 80% of the population believe in God, less than 20% attend a church, which means that the scriptural references cherished by many Christians have no meaning for a large number of people. Increasingly these people are coming to retreats, spirituality workshops and days of reflection. They are outside religious structures, and are likely to remain so, but they are all seeking maps for the journey. As a woman said, "We are here because we are hungry". This book is a response to that need. The author has tried to clothe the word of God with new flesh. The notes in this book borrow from centuries of Christian devotion but leave out the church language that sounds alien to many. Joy Cowley believes that she was prompted to write these notes in the company of the Master who said, "Others I have who are not of this fold". From the section on Devotion: "Dear Friend, Your heart is leaning towards something so sweet you can almost taste it. You don't know what it is. You want more of it but you don't know how to satisfy that hunger. This secret, my friend, is hidden inside you, inside all creation. We too, don't know how to describe it with the mind, but we know it as our true reality, the eternal source of our being, and we call it God." p. 6 Notes to a Friend. From the section on Healing: "Dear Friend, Compassion is not pity. Pity has a subject and an object, a hierarchy of effect. Compassion is about connection, a sharing of feeling, a recognition that we are all one. It is not that we are asked to carry each others burdens but to see that the others burden is also ours. No giver. No receiver. Compassion is walking together in the light of God's grace. p. 88 Notes to a Friend. A summary of the book may well be what is quoted on the back cover: "Remember we can always see the road that lies behind us but we cannot see what changes lie ahead"
About the author
One of New Zealand’s best-loved writers, Joy Cowley has received many awards and honours including the NZ Post Children’s Book Award, the AW Reed Award for Contribution to NZ Literature, the OBE, Distinguished Companion of the NZ Order of Merit and the Prime Minister’s Award for Fiction. Joy is one of NZ’s most prolific spiritual writers with her “Aotearoa Psalms”, “Psalms Down Under”, “Psalms for the Road”, “Come and See” and her 2013 “Notes to a Friend” all in world-wide demand. Her children’s spiritual writing includes “The Easter Story” (2012) and “Saint Grandma” (2013).
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