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From the publisher

THE CIRCLE OF LIFE
The Heart’s Journey Through the Seasons


Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr
art by Mary Southard

ISBN: 1-893732-82-7

256 pages / 6 x 9
paper / $22.95

Released March 2005

Sorin Books
1-800-282-1865

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The Circle of Life
The Heart’s Journey Through the Seasons

Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr
art by Mary Southard


From the publisher
 

  We long for connection in the midst of our disconnected lives. Connections to ourselves…to others…to the world we live in. We ache for the touch of the sacred. In The Circle of Life, Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr show us a way to connect with life’s sacred center.

Beginning with an overview of the four seasons together, then focusing on each season in turn, the authors encourage us to reflect on and celebrate the turning patterns of Earth and of the human spirit. We need only open our eyes and look at the seasons as they unfold before us. They will teach us. Their changing colors reveal a light that is unchanging. Their movements flow through and shape us.

 

Using reflections, poems, prayers, and meditations, The Circle of Life, invites us to listen carefully and closely to the wisdom of each season. Exploring the relationship between the external and internal seasons of our lives helps us discover that each season is a stepping stone in the great circle of life, guiding us along our life journey.

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From Joyce:

 

Macina and I are elated with the beauty of The Circle of Life’s pages and content. With the skills of Sorin Books’ designer, Katherine Robinson Coleman, every page has a touch of beauty by using the magnificent art of Mary Southard’s four seasons. (Mary also created art for two of my other books: Your Sorrow is My Sorrow and The Cosmic Dance). A memory I will always cherish is an evening this past March when Mary, Macrina and I were all in the same place, LaGrange, IL, to celebrate the birth of The Circle of Life.

Working on The Circle of Life reawakenedhope for my own life and hope for our world. Seeing how the four seasons evolve one out of the other has deepened my belief and trust of the ancient pattern of spiritual transformation: life-death-rebirth. Out of every difficulty comes some aspect of new life, an unforeseen gift of growth. It is difficult to believe this truth when we are in a tough place of struggle. The pattern of Earth’s seasons moving on from death to new life, from autumn/winter to spring/summer, encourages my own belief in this growthful process within me.

Another gift of writing The Circle of Life is that I could co-author it with Macrina. We both asked the vital question: “Can we remain friends if we write a book together?” We felt confident we could, but also knew we were taking a big risk with our thirty years of friendship. What actually happened is that our creative juices encouraged and affirmed one another’s. We found delight in creating various selections together. As we edited each other’s work, this process also served to help us become better writers.

Macrina and I end the Acknowledgements in our book with a note of thanks: “to our readers and participants in our retreats because you are the reason we continue to write.” How true this is. I long for this latest published book to be a source of inspiration and encouragement as our readers move through the many ups and downs of their life’s journey. May this be so for you!


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