Ever since she wrote The Artist's Way Julia Cameron has championed the belief that creativity is a spiritual act and even a birthright. If readers ever feel that their creativity is blocked she has always suggested that they look inward for inspiration and guidance. She explains, "All of the tools that I teach are the tools of inner listening. When people tune in that way, they not only hear their own personality; they also hear a higher octave of guidance."
In a sense, Cameron has always nudged her readers to forge a more conscious relationship with God, so it isn't any surprise that she would eventually tackle this topic head-on in God is No Laughing Matter. This inspirational book is formatted as a series of essays and each one ends with a suggested "Experiment" or "Exercise." This essay structure gives this book lightness and approachability, which is fitting, considering that her main premise is that we need to lighten up so that we can better approach God. When challenging the notion that "God is no laughing matter," she writes, "I'm not so sure about that. Look at octopuses, for example. And baboons with those hilarious bright red asses."
This is actually one of Cameron's most articulate, spirited and ripened books yet. Although she underscores some of the spiritual advice that's already being said (slow down, simplify, be still), readers will find plenty of fresh and original essays in this book, a book that really matters. --Gail Hudson [via]