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Lost in Wonder: Rediscovering the Spiritual Art of Attentiveness [Hardcover]

By Esther de Waal (Author)
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Calling us to be attentive to even what's small and insignificant, de Waal seeks to instill in us a spirituality for everyday life, filled to the brim with frustrations as well as opportunities. Chapters include "Seeing with the Inner Eye," "Silence," "Change," "Tears," "Mystery," and "Gift."

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In Lost in Wonder, Esther de Waal uses the everyday circumstances of our lives--the restrictions and frustrations as well as the gifts and opportunities--as our own way to God. By teaching us how to be attentive to all the seemingly small and insignificant things, she shows how they become windows through which the light of Christ can shine to dispel darkness, illuminate our understanding, and speak to our deepest needs. As we recover the gift of childlike wonder we begin to see that spiritual fruitfulness does not depend on our anxious performance, but is a gift we may receive freely. Quotations from the Psalms and spiritual writers at the end of each chapter encourage prayerful reflection. Chapters are: "Seeing With the Inner Eye," "Silence," "Change," "Tears," "Mystery," "Gift," and "Epilogue."

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Studio: Liturgical Press
Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.14" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.78"
Weight:   0.64 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2003
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  081462992X  
ISBN13  9780814629925  

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More About Esther de Waal

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Esther de Waal lives in a small cottage on the Welsh/English border. After studying and teaching history at Cambridge University, she married, had four sons, and moved to Canterbury, where she lived in a house that had been part of the medieval monastic community. She leads retreats, lectures, and travels widely. Her major interests are the fields of the Benedictine and Celtic traditions.

Esther de Waal currently resides in Canterbury.

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To Wonder is to pray  May 19, 2006
This book was so marvelous, I didn't want it to end! I savored every word!
With a combination of poetry, prayer, and reflection, the reader is led through a retreat that is eye-opening to the gifts we enjoy everyday and usually take for granted. The glow I received from reading this book will stay with me and warm my soul for many a day. It is a means of opening your eyes to the miracles in our lives and lifting our spirits to respond in prayer. In fact, reading this book is a prayer.
My deep thanks to Esther de Waal for blessing my life by writing this book.
This book is difficult to follow.  Dec 18, 2005
I had a great deal of trouble concentrating on this book. As wonderful as the subject is, the writer's style leaves much to be desired. The chapters overlap, so one feels there is a lot of repetition. Also, too many other authors are quoted, which belabors the point being made. I admit that I didn't finish the book -- it just didn't inspire me.
Finding Attentiveness  Jan 8, 2004
According to Esther de Waal, in the words of William Wordsworth, many of us have become "dull of sight," or as Wordsworth's original draft framed it, "dull of soul." To help counter this spiritual malaise of unawareness and inattentiveness, a dullness of sight and soul which manifests itself in the paradoxical symptoms of busy-ness and lethargy, de Waal has written her latest book, Lost in Wonder: Rediscovering the Spiritual Art of Attentiveness.

The author is well prepared for her task. A prolific Anglican writer who is married to the former rector of Canterbury, de Waal is best known for her books about the Benedictine and Celtic traditions, and the spirit of those two Anglican lynchpins pervades Lost in Wonder. Using the image of the Celtic peregrini, who set off in their small fragile boats to go where the wind of the spirit took them, de Waal offers Lost in Wonder as a retreat for those living either in the midst of relentless activity or in a void. To that end, she focuses on the themes of harmony and balance, the light of the Transfiguration, the discipline of seeing, the relationship between our inner and outer lives, and the creation of an interior space, a cloister, in which to be silent and pray.

Lost in Wonder is filled with insight, wisdom, gentle humor, and good advice. I especially appreciated de Waal's suggestion early on to carry a magnifying glass at all times to help recover the gift of vision and to add an extra dimension to the way we look at the world. And like all spiritual masters, de Waal provides opportunities for the lectio divina by ending each of her nine chapters with selections from the early Fathers, the Celtic saints, holy men and women of the Middle Ages, seventeenth-century Anglican mystics, the Psalms, and writers as diverse as Bonnie Thurston, Basil Hume, Brother Roger of Taize, Thomas Merton, Ann Lewin, Alice Walker, and Edwin Muir.

Inspiring...  Dec 12, 2003
The author Esther de Waal says in the introduction that much of this book is about seeing - recovering the ability for vision, and becoming generally more aware. There has been a veritable explosion of retreat-going in North America, with monastic communities and imitators of such offering evermore hospitable facilities for those seeking. But do those seeking know what they are seeking in these retreats?

'Lost in Wonder: Rediscovering the Art of Attentiveness' is fully in keeping with a Benedictine sense of spirituality. The very first word of Benedict's rule is Listen! - a call to attentiveness. In examining the connection between the inner and outer life, de Waal recounts many of her own experiences, as well as the poetic and spiritual writings of others related to the subject. From such authors as Pablo Naruda, Julian of Norwich, Thomas Merton, and many others, the practices of prayer, reading, and meditation are brought into relationship to mysteries such as light and darkness, silence, and mystery itself.

Each section has both narrative and prayer/reflection pieces. The narratives include stories, ideas, and examples, deepening the understanding but also leading the reader to more meditative states in the ambiguity and unresolved nature that is inherent in mystery. The prayers and reflections come from a wide variety of sources, including psalms and other biblical passages, saints, poets and mystics past and present.

De Waal introduces familiar practices, such as journaling, in a new light, showing how many of the daily practices and potential practices we already have can be modified to yield new value. De Waal also introduces a sense of sacred to everyday architecture and space, transforming the simple act of walking around into a worshipful and special experience.

At the end of this wonderful volume, de Waal provides brief biographical sketchs of 'Fathers and Friends', a phrase borrowed from Merton that describes the companions we carry along the way in our spiritual journey.

Prepare to be inspired.

An extraordinary reading experience  Dec 3, 2003
Esther de Waal has the uncanny ability to create in the reader the experiences she is writing about. In LOST IN WONDER she is writing about ways of living our lives with heightened awareness of the world around us, the presence of God in that world and in ourselves. She makes the book itself a retreat in which we enjoy a feast of poetry, reflections, prayers, and mediations drawn from a rich variety of sources. This is De Waal's most personal book, a rare treat for her many followers.

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