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Overview This profound little book invites readers to see both their inner and outer lives with spiritual eyes, a Quaker practice of learning to see God's light both around and inside one another.
Publishers Description Have you ever noticed how sunflowers track with the sunlight throughout the summer? That's not unusual, explains Brent Bill. All of God's creation moves toward the Light ? flowers, trees, even human beings. Light sets a Midwestern sunset apart from a western desert sunset, a Goya portrait from a John Singer Sargent portrait, a joyful spirit from a mournful one. Light is all around ? and within ? us. We can?t live without it. This profound little book invites readers to see both their inner and outer lives with spiritual ?eyes.? To ?mind the light? is a Quaker practice of learning to see God's light both around and inside us. Depending on its strength, tone, and slant ? light changes how we perceive the world and other people. Depending on how we respond to it, illumination can help us grow in appreciation of the soulful things of life. Minding the Light invites readers of all backgrounds to explore the connectedness between inner vision and outer perception, between the life of the
From Publishers Weekly Those seeking a series of clever tips for cultivating spiritual growth
overnight will not want to delve into this deceptively simple meditation on
the Quaker custom of mindful seeing. A Friends minister and author of Holy
Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality, Bill describes his book as "a way of
seeing our inner and outer lives with spiritual eyes and discovering the
connectedness between inner and outer sight." Like a neighborly conversation
across a kitchen table, this slender volume emphasizes the mundane details of
daily life as they are enlightened by being attentive to the Spirit of God
that Quakers believe dwells within each person. As much the writer's
spiritual diary as it is an objective primer in spiritual exploration, the
book includes chapters on learning to see God's light in creation, in others,
within ourselves and in God. Brimming with homely parables of spiritual
illumination found in museum exhibits, snowstorms or the expression on his
beloved wife Nancy's face (she appears quite frequently), the book is
punctuated with frequent "illuminating moments" or questions intended to evoke
reflection. Bill's plethora of examples of spiritual sight sometimes overwhelm
the point he wants to make, but readers interested in learning more about
Quaker spiritual practices will find this a useful volume. (Sept.) Copyright
2006 Reed Business Information.
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Brent Bill is a writer, retreat leader and Quaker minister. He's the author and coauthor of many books, including Sacred Compass: The Way of Spiritual Discernment, Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality, Mind the Light: Learning to See with Spiritual Eyes, Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and Message, and Imagination and Spirit: A Contemporary Quaker Reader. In addition, he is the author of more than one hundred short stories and nonfiction articles. He also is the author of the popular blog Holy Ordinary. Bill is a graduate of Wilmington College and the Earlham School of Religion. He has been a local church pastor, denominational executive, seminary faculty member and go-cart track operator. Bill lives with his wife on Ploughshares Farm, fifty acres of Indiana farmland that is being reclaimed for native hardwood forests and warm season prairie grasses.
J. Brent Bill currently resides in Mooresville, in the state of Indiana. J. Brent Bill was born in 1951.
Reviews - What do customers think about Mind the Light: Learning to See with Spiritual Eyes?
a beautiful meditation on the importance of light Oct 27, 2006
Reminding us that "All God's creatures move toward the light--flowers, trees, people," Quaker minister and writer Brent Bill muses on the importance of light, both within and beyond us. In his uniquely gentle--and often humorous--style, Bill plumbs the rich outpourings of God's commandment, "let there be light." He is struck by the stunning light in a painting by Chardin, by the varieties of seasonal light, by the light that plays upon his wife's hair, by the light he encounters in those he loves. He also encourages us to plumb those outpourings through "illuminating moments" that invite us to reflect on creation, ourselves, each other, and God.
What a gem Oct 25, 2006
This is a wonderful read! Like Bill's earlier title, Holy Silence, Mind the Light is a brilliant primer in practical spirituality. Bill gently leads the reader through Quaker practice in a way that's open and inviting. He intersperses the chapters with "Illuminating Moments" that are useful exercises tied to the text. The subtitle sums up the books intent for me - learning to see with spiritual eyes.