This is one of those books which contains observations and reflections which seem so simple and obvious yet which are truly profound. Maybe that has something to do with the fact that this work derives from a life of eighty years, from the experiences of a woman who travelled from being a Jewish child in Nazi Germany to becoming a Roman Catholic Religious sister.
The author furthermore has worked as a teacher and a psychiatric social worker amongst many on the margins of our society. Along the way she has accompanied many people on their own journeys of faith, often through the valley of the shadow of death. Some of their stories are woven in and out of her reflections on her own life with God. And throughout it all there have been trees and Hermann Hesse's observations on trees. The book begins with a Christmas Tree, what better place is there to start at this time of year?
This is a fascinating read. It is full of rich spiritual nourishment, worth reading slowly and more than once. Highly recommended as a Christmas gift.
Sue Groom, December 2006
The Revd Sue Groom is the Director of Deanery Licensed Ministry for the Kensington Episcopal Area of London. Before this she was Vicar of St Matthew's, Yiewsley and also served as the Reader Training Officer for the Willesden Episcopal Area. She is the author of Linguistic Analysis of Biblical Hebrew (Paternoster Press, 2003).Order from www.christianbookshops.org | Order from St Andrew's Bookshops
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