A little book has just been published, a little book that can change lives. It's called, "Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart." This book is set forth in the style of a "Rule of Life," that is rule in the sense of liberating rather than restraining as the Rev. Becca Stevens says in the forward.
The book is set out as 24 meditations based on specific themes and include stories, thoughts, and reflections by the women of Magdalene, a two year residential support community for women off the street or who are being released from prisons and jails, women who have survived lives of abuse, prostitution, and drug addiction. My years in twelve step programs has taught me that many, many women deal with these issues and many women desperately need the kind of support that Magdalene provides. Women who live in community there do not finish and leave, they remain in relationship to help support the ones who come after them.
The meditations, the words of wisdom, in this little book are not just for women or just for women who have had radical challenges in their lives. Some of my favourite titles of the 24 meditations are:
Cry With Your Creator
Think of the Stranger as God
Make a Small Change and See the Big Difference
Unite your Sexuality and Sprituality
Laugh at Yourself
Live in Gratitude
Love Without Judgement
..... and these are just a few. Sprinkled with a beautiful graphic design and photographs, these meditations are just right for daily reflection. The little book is small enough to fit in a briefcase or purse. And I just downloaded the Kindle version to my iPhone Kindle application so I have it with me all the time.
I commend this little book to you. Read it, buy it and give it away. The proceeds go to Magdalene. And visit Thistle Farms on the internet to learn more about products the women produce while at Magdalene and more about all the ways we can support this program and even expand a program like this into your area. The program is very focused and centered in the Nashville, TN area at the moment.... but the implications for this are unlimited.
Tap into this Rule of Life for yourself and help others at the same time. What could be a better investment in these uncertain and frightening times. This will make you feel good, do it.