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Opening the Window
Sabbath Meditations
Leaf Seligman

2011 • 232 pp. 6 x 9"
Inspirational / Religion

$16.50 Paperback, 978-0-87233-148-8

Insightful and engaging Sabbath Meditations

Why do we do what we do? What happens as a result? How do we make sense of, and find meaning in, our lives and in the world that contains us? How do we render wholeness out of brokenness, creating mosaics of beauty and functionality from the rent pieces of our lives? This collection of Sabbath meditations invites readers to inhabit the questions with intention and joy. With a pastor's sensibility, a writer's lyricism, and a generous heart, Leaf Seligman invokes poetry, thinking from diverse spiritual traditions, and stories from her own walk through life to grapple with enduring religious themes and contemporary challenges. It is the preacher's responsibility to be of use, to choose words with great care, and open the window so spirit can move in and out, she writes in her afterword. Indeed, these meditations the words themselves and their call to a more fully understood, more deeply felt life resonate long after the bookmark is tucked into place and the covers closed. Read them slowly and deliberately. Let them be your company as you journey through the Sabbath and into the week.

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In these insightful and engaging Sabbath Meditations, Leaf Seligman invites us into a rich and spacious conversation marked by respect, wisdom and joy. The conversation engages traditional texts often a challenge for religious liberals in creative, non-traditional ways, quietly encouraging us to reclaim this neglected resource. Her deep love for the craft of writing gives these meditations an unforced and graceful elegance that makes them a delight to read.—Rev. Dr. Paul Rasor, Director of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, Virginia Wesleyan College, and author of Faith Without Certainty: Liberal Theology in the 20th Century

With penetrating insight into human life and a deep, scholarly engagement with the sacred texts, Leaf Seligman has lifted the art form of a sermon to a new level of integrity.—Rt. Rev. John Shelby Spong, Author, Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World

LEAF SELIGMAN is the settled minister at First Parish Church, Unitarian Universalist, in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. She has a master's degree in writing from the University of New Hampshire, and has taught writing at that university, at Franklin Pierce University, at Keene State College, and in New Hampshire prisons and jails. Her essays have been published in Creative Nonfiction and New Thought Journal. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, where she won the Billings Prize for Preaching, she has served as a volunteer chaplain in both a hospital and a jail. Leaf lives joyfully with her dog among the trees of southwestern New Hampshire.

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:10:36 -0500