Paula Schaffner – CA Central Coast Chapter
A Review of God Lifts – Everyday Gifts*
By Patty Ward, Mary Moritz, and Peggy Wescott
I was delighted to receive a copy of this book from Mary Moritz after she mentioned that she and two of her sisters had collaborated on it. Mary, the Affiliates’ Southeast Regional Coordinator, has always spoken incisively, and her clear thinking shines through in her writing.
Thinking I would like to post a review, I had two problems with this book. The first was that I didn’t want to just read it from front to back; it’s a book to be savored in daily sips. So I decided to spend three weeks reading the first seven entries from each sister. The second problem is that there are not enough entries for a full year. This lack can only be solved by starting over from the beginning once I have read all 183 entries, which would probably be very worthwhile.
I have read other collections of spiritual readings, such as in Lenten or Advent guides, and always had to work to put myself into the author’s frame of reference. God Lifts – Everyday Gifts speaks to my lifestyle; all three authors share memories or situations they encountered as parents, grandparents, or members of communities, and I immediately recognize where they are coming from. Then they find God in those small events of their daily lives. They show me how a precocious grandchild can reflect the goodness of God, or how an insect in the car can be God’s gift of slowing one down enough to avoid a collision.
The final line on each reading is a text, whisper, or smile—a message of a few words, how they imagine God would respond to their reflection, making it feel more like a two-way conversation.
Now, as I continue reading the rest of the stories, I am learning to recognize God’s presence in my own simple, everyday experiences. God speaks to each of us in languages we can understand.
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