Item description for The Fire of Your Life by Maggie Ross...
Overview New edition of book published successfully by Paulist in '83 and Harper in '92. Vivid, humorous insights into the life of a nature mystic and solitary living in a tent on California's Big Sur coast. Short meditations follow the course of the church year; ideal for Advent and Lent parish study and prayer groups. Popular with clergy and lay people in all liturgical churches, including Roman Catholic spiritual directors and members of religious orders. A life-professed solitary and mystic under vows to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Ross writes with the wonder and energy of a spiritual poet. In this new edition of a spiritual classic, she shares one year of her solitude in seasonal meditations that include encounters with lynxes and coyotes, reflections on the summer solstice, and desire for union with God. An excellent source of sermon ideas.
A life-professed solitary and mystic under vows to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Ross writes with the wonder and energy of a spiritual poet. In this new edition of a spiritual classic, she shares one year of her solitude in seasonal meditations that include encounters with lynxes and coyotes, reflections on the summer solstice, and desire for union with God. An excellent source of sermon ideas.
In one essay, Ross reveals the two comments she receives most are "You don't look like a hermit," followed by "What do you do in solitude?" She answers, "I don't do, I be." Only an experienced mystic could put the emphasis on being and not doing. Being in solitude, Ross has plenty of time to savor the beauties and the bounties of the natural world and animals. She does both here. We were also impressed with pieces on the importance of an informing vision, the value of chastity, and the difficulty of intercessory prayer. We are always on the lookout for passages on unity and here is one we liked:
"It is that my sin and your sin consists not in isolated small or gross acts committed or omitted by our choices and actions, or in some vague, isolated theoretical attitude, but instead that we, you and I, by virtue of our common humanity, and in the solitude from which true relationship springs, come to realize that we are implicated in every sin.
"I am the pimp on 42nd Street, dealing in bodies. I am the pusher, selling drugs to an addict nodding and drooling in Needle Park. I am the employee ripping off my corporation. I am the industrialist pouring poison into the bodies and, by advertising, into the souls of my sisters and brothers. I am the driver of the military juggernaut, careening wildly out of control. I struggle impotently to express who I really am."
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Studio: Seabury Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 6.32" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.46 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2007
Publisher Seabury Books
ISBN 1596270519 ISBN13 9781596270510
Reviews - What do customers think about The Fire of Your Life?
Keep It Handy Jan 26, 2008
You don't want to read this book once and then put it on the back shelf. I've read mine several times and found myself reaching for it again recently. There's more here than meets the eye.
Astonishing and quirky primer for the soul Apr 13, 2007
This book is the literary equivalent of walking the labyrinth for the first time. For whatever reason you might have picked it up, it will challenge and surprise you. Discard any notions about Vitamin spirituality, i.e. "Reading this will be good for me so I might as well choke down a chapter a day." This is not a comfy-cozy book, it is about ways of encountering the Living God, with the upheaval that would necessarily entail. Maggie Ross is a gifted writer, and is blessedly free of any taint of preachiness, or, for that matter, much predictability. She takes God seriously, without taking herself (or the rest of us) too much so. This book is a joy and a puzzle and I highly recommend it.