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Overview Presents meditations on the message of St. Francis of Assissi's Canticle of the Sun, and offers reflections on each line of the poem, showing how it can help create a joyous path through life
Publishers Description Kent Nerburn's Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace, immerses us in the spirit of one of the most universally inspiring figures in history: St. Francis of Assisi. The Prayer of St. Francis boldly but gently challenges us to resist the forces of evil and negativity with the spirit of goodwill and generosity. And Nerburn shows, in his wonderfully personal and humble way, how we each can live out the prayer's prescription for living in our everyday and less-than-saintly lives.
"Where there is hatred, let me sow love...Where there is injury, let me sow pardon..." Expanding upon each line of the St. Francis Prayer, Nerburn shares touching, inspiring stories from his own experience and that of others and reveals how each of us can make a difference for good in ordinary ways without being heroes or saints. Struggling to help a young son comfort his best friend when his mother dies, moved by the courage of war enemies who reconcile, being wrenched out of self-absorbed depression by responding to someone else's tragedy, taking a spirited old lady on a farewell taxi ride through her town-these are the kinds of everyday moments in which Nerburn finds we can live out the spirit of St. Francis.
By incorporating the power and grace of these few lines of practical idealism into our thoughts and deeds, we can begin to ease our own suffering-and the suffering of those with whom we share our lives. And, remarkably, find a way to true peace and happiness by tapping into our basic human goodness. As we open our hearts and embrace his words, St. Francis "touches our deepest humanity and ignites the spark of our divinity."
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.Where there is hatred let me sow love, Where there is injury let me sow pardon, Where there is doubt, faith, Where there is despair, hope, Where there is darkness, light, And where there is sadness, joy...
In this beautifully written book, Kent Nerburn leads us into the heart of the St. Francis Prayer and line by line demonstrates how St. Francis's words can resonate in our lives today.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.6" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.65" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 1999
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 0062515810 ISBN13 9780062515810
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More About Kent Nerburn
Nerburn received his PhD in religion and art from Graduate Theological Union in conjunction with the University of California at Berkeley. He is a former sculptor of religious art.
Kent Nerburn currently resides in Bemidji, in the state of Minnesota. Kent Nerburn was born in 1946.
Reviews - What do customers think about Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace?
Wonderful and inspiring book Mar 9, 2007
This book was written for everyone to read! Kent Nerburn is a wonderful author. He is spiritual and writes with wisdom and knowledge. I recommend his writings- all of them! Kent writes about Native Americans in a spiritual way also. He is truly talented and inspiring! Kent truly gives the world what we all need: positive thinking and true love for all!
Spiritual Growth Jan 9, 2007
Kent Nerburn has always been one of my favorite writers. This book is excellent for anyone in a 12 step program that has gotten to Step 11 and needs a new spiritual path. By using the St. Francis Prayer, Nerburn rearranges your thinking from self-centered to other centered.
read it... live it... change your life Jul 1, 2006
Kent Nerburn explores every line of St. Francis' famous prayer in terms that are accessible, poetic, modern and timeless. I bought ten more copies to give as gifts. A truly wonderful read that I reach for again and again.
A Spiritual Treasure! Feb 26, 2006
-and an easy read! I was very impressed with the author's ability to relate spiritual concepts to his personal experiences in such an eloquent way. I am not a big reader, yet I found myself absorbing the content of this book on a nightly basis, although not rushing through it in order to let all of the lessons sink in. While I was already familiar with the prayer of St. Francis, Mr. Nerburn's writings made the prayer come alive for me, allowing me to relate it to my everyday life. I recommend this book to anyone (not just Christians) wishing to develop their spiritual life.
One who proceeds from the simple to the profound Feb 2, 2006
Within one week I discovered the last four of Kent Nerburn's writings! From an excerpt of SIMPLE TRUTHS, titled The Spiritual Journey, one of our best reader friends sent two pages: "We are all born with a belief in God. It may not have a name or a face. We may not even see it as a God. But it is there."
As I finished reading, I was totally awed and inspired to seek out 4-5 others: SMALL GRACES, NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG, A HAUNTING REVERENCE, finally, MAKE ME AN ISTRUMENT OF YOUR PEACE! This 4th one gripped me from The Introduction thru all 14 Lines of the St Francis Prayer. He begins with God: "When we try to understand God, we are like children trying to hold sunlight in our hands. We recognize the presence of something ineffable and mysterious, but always it eludes our grasp." From simple to the profound!
"Occasionally in every tradition, a work emerges that seems to give us a glimpse of God and to contain the mystery and majesty that we so longingly seek. It is so clear, so simple, so direct and unassailable in its spiritual truth that it transends (all) analysis and understanding..." The Prayer of Saint Francis is such a work!
My favorite stories are in Chapter 3, Where there is injury, let me sow pardon, Kent spoke with a man who had dome hard time in a maximum security prison...His comment chilled the words into him: "You would not believe what lives inside the human heart. There really is such a thing as evil."
Chapter 7, And where there is sadness, joy... Kent drove a taxi cab for a few years. He tells the story of a little elderly lady who was going into her retirement home. He gave her a last free ride all thru town until she directed him to her landing place! Another surprize to me was Chapter 11, "It is in giving that we receive." He was asked to help instruct a young man, Phillip in juggling as his minisrty. Kent knew nothing about the art of juggling he guided him into juggling the Beatitudes in crisis centers. The experiences gave him new insight into his spiritual motivation!
When writers, Robert Bly, Joseph Girzone, Anne Lamott pay their complmentary accolades upon one's writing, that's enough to agee and continue to review Kent Nerburn's Native American, artistic, simple writing! Retired Chaplain Fred W Hood "Barbara377" (Fayetteville,GA United States)