River of Grace: Creative Passages Through Difficult Times
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Catholic recording artist and popular blogger Susan Bailey reveals in this personal and moving narrative how several major losses helped her rediscover creativity and faith. Filled with powerful insights on the presence and action of grace--in the Mass and sacraments, in nature, and even in grief--River of Grace guides readers to strengthen their faith during tough times and discover their own hidden gifts.
In just a few years' time, Bailey experienced one challenge after another: the deaths of her father and mother, financial issues, the loss of her singing voice, and an empty nest. Using the rich imagery of a river of grace, Bailey relates how her devotion to the Eucharist inspired her to see Christ's presence in her life and helped her to trust again.
Each chapter relates Bailey's experiences of loss and growth and features original activities and personal rituals that include everything from Joni Mitchell music videos and hot baths to imagery and uncooked spaghetti. These inspirational tools guide readers to reflect on their own experiences. Prayers and poetry are found throughout the book and a set of insightful reflection questions are placed at the end of each chapter.