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When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life's Sacred Questions

When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life's Sacred Questions By Sue Monk Kidd When the Heart Waits Spiritual Direction for Life s Sacred Questions I stood at the window watching the cocoon which hung in the winter air like an upside down question mark That was the moment I understood Really understood Crisis change all the myriad upheavals th

  • Title: When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life's Sacred Questions
  • Author: Sue Monk Kidd
  • ISBN: 9780061144899
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Paperback
  • When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life's Sacred Questions By Sue Monk Kidd I stood at the window watching the cocoon, which hung in the winter air like an upside down question mark That was the moment I understood Really understood Crisis, change, all the myriad upheavals that blister the spirit and leave us groping they aren t voices simply of pain but also of creativity And if we would only listen, we might hear such times beckoning usI stood at the window watching the cocoon, which hung in the winter air like an upside down question mark That was the moment I understood Really understood Crisis, change, all the myriad upheavals that blister the spirit and leave us groping they aren t voices simply of pain but also of creativity And if we would only listen, we might hear such times beckoning us to a season of waiting, to the place of fertile emptiness.Blending her own experiences with an intimate grasp of contemplative spirituality, Sue Monk Kidd relates the passionate and moving tale of her spiritual crisis at midlife, when life seemed to have lost meaning and how her longing for hasty escape from the pain yielded to a discipline of active waiting Comparing her experience to the formative processes inside a chrysalis on a wintry tree branch, Kidd reflects on the fact that the soul is often symbolized as a butterfly The simple cocoon, a living parable of waiting, becomes an icon of hope for the transformation that the author sought Kidd charts her re ascent from the depths and offers a new understanding of the passage away from the self, which is based upon others expectations, to the true self of God s unfolding intention Her wise, inspiring book helps those in doubt and crisis recognize the opportunity to dismantle old masks and patterns and unfold a deeper, authentic self.
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    1. Shannon on said:

      It s always difficult and risky to try to put soulmaking into words Kidd This is a worthy disclaimer in the preface Kidd s description of crisis and dispair and spirituality sometimes lean on the heavy, waxing, maudlin side and if I had not experienced such times myself, I would abhor their description However, I ve been there as almost all of us have, and the few moments of tangled emotionl overkill are well worth the many nuggets nestled in between I am thoroughly enjoying this and maybe I cri [...]

    2. Tristy on said:

      Having just finished Dance of the Dissident Daughter, this book is almost painful to read It was written before she had her awakening and you can watch Kidd trying to force her spirituality into the tight, constrictive box of Christianity I am so glad she was able to break free and find her true, unique, authentic path to faith I realize that she needed to go through this stage to get to where she is now, and for that reason this book is interesting Her writing style is still beautiful, I just h [...]

    3. Jackie Law on said:

      I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who is going through a change and questioning it s pace, purpose and or meaning When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the Spirit laughs for what it has found 118 Love consists of this, that two solitudes protect, and border, and salute each other 167 I d spent a lot of my life wearing masks to fit the occasion, being everything to everybody even if that mean being someone other than myself Now, after long months of passionate wait and labor [...]

    4. M.B. Gibson on said:

      This book has been a God send to me throughout the years I first read it during a difficult time in my life and it was instrumental in pulling me through I have since bought copies for friends and relatives, some of whom feel the same way I do For anyone dealing with a personal crisis or has ever faced an internal struggle at all, this book is a wonderful tool.

    5. Jayne Mattson on said:

      I loved this book because of the time I read it in my life when things were just not happening the way I thought there would professionally Since I am comfortable in the reflection part of life, this books reminds you that the waiting period is where alot of your growth and learning occurs One of my favorite books I ve read and often encourage others to read it too.

    6. Mara on said:

      Amazing book This is a book that needs to come into your life at the right time If you are not connecting to it, then it is not the right time for you to read it This book came to me at the perfect time and helped me to get through a long period of waiting and change I don t recommend reading this book straight through quickly It needs to be read slowly, one section at time.

    7. Kathryn on said:

      I have read both The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair the author of those novels wrote this spiritual work some twelve years before writing the novels, and I very much enjoyed both the novels and this nonfiction book.The essence of this book is that a vital part of the spiritual transformation process is waiting that one cannot always be doing, but that one must also wait on God and on His timetable The author s main metaphor is that of the transformation of the caterpillar into the but [...]

    8. Kerith on said:

      I read this for the first time in October of 2006, actually it was loaned to me by my friend Lucy Around the holidays I went out and bought myself my own copy and one for my mother and proceeded to start re reading it, bit by bit At the time, I was expecting a child through adoption and was trying to actively wait with patience and grace, which was really a challenge This isn t why Sue Monk Kidd wrote her book, but that s the beauty of books we bring ourselves to them and sometimes find what we [...]

    9. Jacqueline Snider on said:

      I liked the book and her ideas about the chrysalis and the need to wait I found she wrote a lot about God and is obviously religious and saw her evolution in relation to her relationship with God That kind of turned me off because I am an agnostic I don t see my evolution in relation to a God at all, I see it in relation to myself I found that she relied very heavily on God and that I had to force myself to finish the book because I liked some of her ideas.I like her fiction books a lot and I re [...]

    10. Mike-sibil Kuruvilla on said:

      I think that this book is a great read for anyone who is in a season of waiting as I am in or if you work in counseling others in times of crisis I love how the author shares her story without speaking as if her way is the only way She tells her story as if you are right there listening to her tell you about a hard season of life.

    11. Anita Zinn on said:

      This book is full of very touching analogies, that have given added dimensions effective ways to apply our darkest times, into a healthy, new beginning I said to my soul, be still, and waitSo the darkness shall be the light,and the stillness the dancing The shell must be cracked apart if what is in it is to come out, for if you want the kernel, you must break the shell Meister EckhartPsychiatrist Scott Peck says, Pain won t kill you, but running from it might Here is one of the valuable lessons [...]

    12. Judy on said:

      I discovered Sue Monk Kidd when I finally read her breakout novel and watched the movie, The Secret Life of Bees I enjoyed so many things about her writing that I wanted to read and was delighted to learn that she writes nonfiction as well as fiction.In When the Heart Waits, Kidd takes us along on her spiritual journey of discovering who she really is She offers no simple answers or shortcuts Like the ancients, she finds the spiritual disciplines of solitude and simplicity essential in finding [...]

    13. Rebecca Waring-Crane on said:

      Over 15 years ago a spiritual director pointed me to this book Timing matters I know that I read through Monk s personal journey, but it didn t resonate with me then Now every page found home in me I cannot really read without writing and underlining, nor can I write without reading Happily, I realized this was a keeper and returned the library copy and got one of my own to enjoy and digest at leisure As I write about life changes and the process of transition, I found Monk s thoughtful and pers [...]

    14. Linda on said:

      Spiritual crises We all go through them However, I never heard of a Mid life spiritual crises until I read When the Heart Waits Recommended to me by Author, Ken Gire, I saw myself as if staring into a mirror.Sue Monk Kidd, describes her own mid life spiritual crises, with poignant, detailed stories of her own journey Using the symbols that gave her a depth of understanding into her own soul, she takes you step by step down the path that completely altered her life, and set her on a new path and [...]

    15. Tamra on said:

      Good quotes throughout as she describes her midlife experiences and crisis of spirit I quote Sacred intent of life, of God to move us continuously toward growth, toward recovering all that is lost and orphaned within us and restoring the divine image imprinted on our soul Another quote e confetti of scars and torn places we would like to be rid of did we ever get the idea that God would supply us with quick fixes, that God is merely a rescuer and not a midwife

    16. Krista on said:

      This is one of my top five favorite books of all time I know something about waiting, and yet, I know nothing about waiting This book reopened my eyes to the holiness to be found in waiting.

    17. Rendi Hahn on said:

      This fall I re read this wonderful book it s even powerful the second time Sue Monk Kidd traces her journey through a mid life crisis of spirituality using the caterpillar to butterfly metamorphosis to tie it together She is so transparent about her struggles I highly recommend it

    18. Jen Blau on said:

      After seeing Sue on Super Soul Sunday, I picked up this book Maybe back at the end of 2015, early 2016 Her words writing really urged me forward in owning my truth and being okay with changing my life path after age 40.

    19. Zoe on said:

      The first thing I have to note is that the title of the book, When the Heart Waits Spiritual Direction for Life s Sacred Questions, doesn t quite fit Very few questions are asked directly throughout the book and it offers direction only in a very broad sense Having read the entire book, I guess I can understand how they chose the title, but frankly they could have done better.The book focuses on Sue Monk Kidd s personal experiences as she goes through a midlife crisis Although this was the focus [...]

    20. Mindy on said:

      I have enjoyed every book I ve read from Sue Monk Kidd The Secret Life of Bees, The Invention of Wings And When the Heart Waits did not disappoint either She is clearly very well read and she has interwoven her love of books, from medieval Christian mystics to fairy tales to Jungian theorists to existential writers, into her very personal life journey She is transparent, vulnerable, and patient to wait, all qualities that I admire This book is a keeper that I will not pass on to others, except p [...]

    21. Lynette Caulkins on said:

      I love Kidd s novels, but this just is not my cup of tea I realized that from the start, but thought it would be interesting to see what makes one of my favorite authors tick However, at the halfway mark I m calling it quits There are a couple of thoughts worth considering, like the value of waiting, or being still and processing and feeling the spirit, and the concepts of I and They and taking action to help yourself like why didn t Rapunzel chop her own hair off to make a ladder to get down , [...]

    22. Tanya on said:

      I love Kidd s writing This book is full of gems At times she perfectly describes feelings I have or have had in the past She is talking about the dark times of waiting that we each have and compares it to the cocoon before a caterpillar becomes a butterfly We often feel at these times that nothing is happening and we grow weary of waiting But she points out that during these times, we can be growing and changing the most on the inside if we can remain patient and put forth a little effort I find [...]

    23. Emily on said:

      Really loved this book I would say 4.5 stars It resonated with me to my very core The only thing preventing me from giving it 5 stars is that I felt like many parts of it were repetitive perhaps that s fine because I needed it said over and over to get the point , but I felt like some of the poignant part were overshadowed by the parts that weren t as necessary But as a whole I would say it s been a long time since I read a book and related to so many of the passages I kept underlining things a [...]

    24. Julia on said:

      Sue Monk Kidd articulates her spiritual and psychological struggle through her midlife journey Her quests are grounded in the Bible, Christian spiritual writing, contemporary spitituality and psychology She shares some profound experiences of personal spiritual breakthroughs.She compares the waiting process of becoming your true Self and giving birth to the Christ within as the catapillar developing in chrysallis of the cocoon During this waiting time being nutured by Mother nature until ready t [...]

    25. Bethany on said:

      I love Sue Monk Kidd s way of writing She is winsome and thoughtful and inspires me to think much deeply about the world around me This book, in particular, compelled me into a greater appreciation of waiting Waiting is a spiritual practice in so many ways, and it s necessary to a robust life.I quoted many excerpts from this book in my small group on John Ortberg s book Soul Keeping Believe it or not, the two books dovetailed beautifully

    26. Hibou Lael on said:

      I wish we could give half stars to books This was a lovely little book, just not one that I felt super jazzed about by the time I finished it For some reason, some of the anecdotes almost felt forced, and even some of the Bible quotes It didn t always feel like an organic flow My favorite parts, however, were the parts about the false selves and later, how she met and dismantled those false selves.

    27. Bess on said:

      I tend to read books very, very quickly one or two days, usually So the fact that this one took me over 2 months to get through is really saying something I found it to be so important at this time in my life that I wanted to make sure I read every word as carefully as possible so I wouldn t miss anything If you re going through a big internal change right now, I can t recommend this enough.

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