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Compass & Stars
Reflections on Spirituality and Daily Life
by Martin L. Smith
Publisher:Canterbury Press imprint of Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd
Lyrical, gentle and yet deeply thoughtful and probing are just some of the words and phrases that come to mind after reading the forty reflections contained within this book. The word I would use that best sums up these three page contemplations of spirituality and daily life, is intelligent. Even when dealing with the vice of channel surfing and the casual way we take the Lord’s name in vain it is done in a flowing, erudite, witty, and intelligent way, with a real grasp of showing complex issues in a simple way, illuminating the everyday in a spiritual manner and awakening the spiritual in the everyday moments.
There are contemplations here on lack of faith, on day planners, shopping, anxiety and healing, on mobile phones, politics, prayer and many more short pieces skilfully weaving the mundane with the spiritual in such an insightful way that we are left with an aching awareness of how much we miss and how much we can yet gain.
A truly wonderful forty day companion that will at times make the reader go ‘Ouch!’ and ‘Oh!’ and ‘maybe’, and above all leave us feeling just a little more aware of those times and places where faith and everyday intersect in our lives.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (03/08/12)