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Six Smooth Stones: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life (Book)

Six Smooth Stones: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life (Book)

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by Sister Barbara Jean Brown

Sister BJ introduces you to five spiritual practices that can be used for Lent or any time of the year: Spiritual Reading, Prayer of Attentiveness (Contemplation), Fasting, Works of Kindness (mercy) and Worship in Community and includes an introduction to the Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil). You will find ways to participate in them to deeper your spiritual life. Each of the six chapters includes an introduction, practical steps and a list of additional resources. This book can be used as a Lent program or for personal use anytime of the year. 

Walking on the beaches of some of the Scottish Isles, I have been impressed by the smooth, round rocks, some the size of a pea. These stones have been tumbling in the frigid waves of the northern Atlantic for centuries. In this book, Sister BJ offers spiritual practices that are like those stones, smoothed by the continual tumbling of time and effort. It may be that for someone who has never experienced the keeping of a spiritual practice, it will seem jagged and uncomfortable. However, over time, the routine levels out and becomes less taxing or foreign. In many cases, the various disciplines become as much a part of a person's spiritual personality and as natural as a breath.

About Sister Barbara Jean

As an Anglican monastic (Episcopal nun) for over 30 years, Sister BJ enjoys traveling to churches and dioceses to lead workshops or retreats, usually focusing on the ministries of formation and education. She has great passion for Pilgrimage (especially to Scotland) and has led several trips to the holy islands of Great Britain.  She is founder and Abbess of Anamchara Fellowship, a new expression of monasticism that is non-residential and open to both men and women. Aspirants are formed by a one-on-one relationship with a spiritual director called their anamchara (Irish word meaning “soul friend”) and asked to abide by the fellowship’s Rule of Life which is devised from Celtic spirituality.

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