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Calm the Soul
A Book of Simple Wisdom and Prayer
by The Poor Clares, Galway
Publisher:Hodder & Stoughton imprint of Hachette UK Ltd
This is an incredibly beautiful book, lovely in its outlook, style and presence from dust cover to interior print and to the words and heart of the works on the page. The beautiful little illustrations and a repeating bindweed flower motif throughout just add to its gentle spirit.
A perfect gift book for a Catholic woman, though to be fair there are many not Catholic who would likely enjoy it just as much – think Women's Institute or Mothers Union and you are aiming at the right general market.
A lovely blend of prayers, backgrounds and insights abound in the book, many based around references to Ireland and St Clare, but these are gentle and indeed the book as a whole is calming in tone and style.
Covering Lectio Divina as well as prayers, it is a treasure and some of the prayers are not what you would expect as they cover a range of topical subjects as well as the traditional, for instance the "Prayer for People with Suicidal Thoughts" and "The Grace of Work and Dealing with Unemployment" are just two of the very excellent resources in this book.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (25/03/13)