A chance encounter with a boy on a bicycle, a young girl's graduation from eighth grade -- these and other small moments are the subjects of this beautifully written collection. In elegant prose, Kent Nerburn uncovers the wonder hidden just beneath the surface of everyday life, offering poignant glimpses into the grace of ordinary days.
Whether he's describing a kite's dance on the winds above the high New Mexico desert, a funeral ...
on an isolated Indian reservation, or a dinnertime conversation among family and friends, Kent Nerburn is among a handful of writers capable of moving so gently over such deep waters. The Hidden Beauty of Everyday Life reveals the sacred moments waiting to be discovered in each and every life.
Following up on the inspirational messages of his earlier books (Small Graces, etc.), Minnesota writer and sculptor Nerburn shares the lessons he has absorbed through ordinary experiences. Whether listening to bird calls on a trip to Oxford, England; observing a man without legs in a wheelchair flying a kite"; or engaged in conversation with an elderly man in a gym locker room, the author feels the presence of God in every encounter. Nerburn's gentle spirituality and strong religious faith carry him through the many difficult moments he shares. When an adolescent asks him for change for something to eat, the author overcomes his initial resistance by recalling the gospel passage, "I was hungry and you gave me to eat." Although Nerburn initially waves away the beggar's thanks, he comes to realize that it is important for him to accept in return. As the only white person at a Native American funeral for a former student killed in an accident, the author becomes immersed in cultural traditions that, while not his own, unite him with the mourners in a moment of shared comprehension. These reflective writings should appeal to those who share Nerburn's values and beliefs. (July)
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New World Library
May 04, 2006
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