A LITTLE ENCOURAGEMENT CAN BE A BIG HELP.
Jesus never promised that we would be free of difficulties in this life, that neither suffering nor hardship would cause us pain. What he did promise was to be with us no matter the situation—“even to the end of the age.”
Sacred Space: A Little Book of Encouragement offers seventy short chapters to comfort us with God’s presence in the midst of life’s challenges and to remind us that Jesus journeys with us step-by-step. Each entry—which includes a Gospel reading, a short reflection, and a prayer—is given a descriptive title so that readers can easily find the encouragement they need depending on their situation at the time.
Lovingly compiled by Vinita Hampton Wright using select material from Sacred Space (the online prayer site that serves millions of spiritual pilgrims), this inviting and reassuring little book gently reminds us of the compassion, care, and calm that God provides in our moments of need.
My Review of Sacred Space:A Little Book Of Encouragement
What a beautiful book of prayer and contemplation to be had in Sacred Space: A Little Book Of Encouragement by The Irish Jesuits. Vinita Hampton Wright has selected material from the Sacred Space website and has given us seventy abbreviated chapters of wisdom, love, confidence and hope in each and every section of this little book. Each chapter speaks to the heart to give comfort and support no matter where you are in your personal life’s journey. Each chapter contains Scripture, a reflection and a prayer. You are encouraged to look at the table of contents and select a reading that pertains to your situation at any given moment. There is nothing that is not covered in this book. From happiness, confusion, fear and suffering, this little book has it all.
What I really liked about this book is the ease in which material can be read and accessed. I was able to look through the chapters and select any section that pertained to how I was feeling that day. Once I selected what I wanted to read and contemplate, I was able to spend as much or as little time as I wanted. It’s a beautiful way to pray. It’s also a wonderful way to practice Lectio Divina, (contemplating and praying through the Scriptures). It’s impossible to go wrong with this book. I found it a comforting way to start and finish my day.
In addition, this little treasure also negates the excuse of “I’m too busy to pray” or “If I only had more time”. Each chapter is short taking only minutes to read, meditate and pray leaving one with a clearer and more favorable perspective for the day. Give this little book of prayer and Scripture serious consideration. You will not be sorry you did.
I want to thank Loyola Press via NetGalley for an advanced copy of Sacred Space: A Little Book Of Encouragement by The Irish Jesuits for a fair and honest review.
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