The Open Door: Meditations on Living an Authentic Life
by Patricia Forbes
ISBN 0595328709 (0-595-32870-9)
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Softcover, iUniverse, Inc., 2004
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Book summary: Is there anybody who hasn't wished for a tool kit to navigate the troubled waters of daily life? Many struggle to heal from grief over lost loved ones, to make peace with who we really are, to battle the disease of addiction, the mountainous path of raising children and tame the fear of aging.The Open Door, written by Patricia Forbes, is just such a book. Patricia shares her painful journey through the death of two of her children, her efforts to reach a plateau of peace and trust once again.Patricia shares from the deep well of suffering, her journey, leading her through her own Open Door into the sunlight. From the floating anxiety that accompanies life's unexpected tragedies, the surfacing of courage and strength that sustain her are spelled out. She leads us in a time line from birth to old age, presenting us tools to deal with life in all its aspects. She paints pictures of her growth with vivid imagination, drawing upon observations of nature's healing power. Her absolute belief in a compassionate God shines forth, a light to guide us all.Readers do not need to read this book from start to finish to receive its powerful benefits. They can choose the essay that will meet their need by looking at the Table of Contents.This is a personalized invitation to look into our own everyday lives for the blessings that hide in the usual, the daily occurrences that beg to be seen in a deeper light.
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