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Order you personally signed copies of Finding God in Ordinary Time from the Open Book Bookstore in Elkins Park! Pick up at the store, get your copy from me, or have it shipped to your home for just $3! (You can also order through any online book retailer, or better yet, ask your local independent bookstore to get it for you!) Bookstores, retreat centers, parishes, campus ministries: download press kit / marketing / order info (PDF) here: Press Kit Finding God.
Take a wide-eyed look at your life—the commonplace, joyful, and even heartbreaking events—and discover the presence of God, hidden in plain sight. Forget bowing your head and closing your eyes. The secret to prayer is what happens when you’re not trying to pray.
This is the invitation of Finding God in Ordinary Time. Each daily reflection contains a true story and a nugget of spiritual insight, accompanied by thought-provoking questions and a memorable Scripture quote. Together they reveal a God who is playful and affectionate, merciful and compassionate, and always relevant. Warm, accessible, and surprisingly funny, Christine offers spiritual nourishment to people skeptical or weary of religion, while still giving the faithful something to chew on.
Simple enough to be devoured in one sitting, this intimate little book is best enjoyed slowly. Each piece deserves to be savored and revisited through the unfolding of each ordinary, extraordinary day.
Finding God in Ordinary Time was selected as a finalist in a juried writing competition held at When Words Count in Rochester, Vermont in October, 2017. At the end of Pitch Week, Dede Cummings of Green Writers Press offered to publish it! The official release date is September 17, 2018. Although The Open Book Bookstore is the place to pre-order personalized signed copies, you are also welcome to order through your own local independent bookstore; find a list here.
I was honored to be featured as a guest author on the Spiritual Directors International blog on August 26. They shared one of my favorite chapters, “Finding God on the Oncology Floor.” SDI has 6,000 members on six continents, representing fifty spiritual traditions. When a cancer patient named Rosemarie asked her nurse to page the chaplain some 27 years ago, could she have imagined her story would spread so far?
The following appeared as blog posts during Winter Ordinary Time 2018.
Early Praise for
Finding God in Ordinary Time
“From a woman experienced in Jesuit spirituality, in work, in relationships, and in life, comes this sensitive book about finding God in the real world.”
—James Martin, SJ, author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything:
a Spirituality for Real Life
“This is the perfect book for any adult in search of an adult relationship with an adult God. Filled with deep insight and humor, it will gently enliven the hearts of those who are spiritual but not religious as well as those who are religious but not spiritual. No matter the stage in your prayer journey, this lovely book will speak to you.”
—Bro. Mickey McGrath, artist, author and storyteller
“Christine Eberle has become a fresh and inspiring voice in the literature of the Spiritual Encounter. Her message, new yet timeless, is compelling. She accepts the daunting challenges to teach a very contemporary literacy of the Language of the Spirit to a culture that can be viewed as suffering from the loss of it.
“Well written, clear and flowing, “Finding God in Ordinary Time” is a practical guide through the raw fabric of existence with all its blunt edges and unexpected beauties. It never oversells the religious experience. It does not simplify or mislead. It remains entirely truthful about the arduous passages and phases of learning.
“Ultimately, Eberle takes the reader on a mysterious journey of self-discovery, a pilgrimage of hope and an authentic adventure of the Spirit. It is a spiritual gem.”
—Father Patrick Beretta, frequent contributor to the Huffington Post
on Philosophy, Religion and Spirituality.
“Christine’s earthy and easy style stirs the heart with gentle reminders to savor the everyday moments that upon further reflection yield great wisdom. This text serves as a user friendly guide for a journey to encounter the sacred in our midst. Common experiences are transformed into a doorway to grace and wonder. Christine helps the reader cultivate the means to have eyes to see God in their daily life. What a delight! Definitely a must read.”
—Barbara Humphrey McCrabb, Assistant Director for Higher Education, USCCB
“Whether you are comfortable talking to God or ambivalent about the very idea, Christine Eberle is a gentle, inviting guide through everyday encounters with the sacred. Finding God in Ordinary Time is a lovely reminder to pay attention because spiritual lessons can found be around any corner.”
—Eileen Flanagan, author of The Wisdom to Know the Difference
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