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The White Stone: The art of letting go [9781786224019]

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Esther de Waal is one of today's most beloved spiritual writers. In The White Stone, she reflects on the changes and losses that come with growing older. Esther reflects on solitude and, following a period of illness, saying goodbye to a family home and the Welsh border landscape she had known for decades which inspired some of her greatest writing, and adjusting to a new city environment.

In her characteristic style, she sees everything as a portal into a deeper spiritual understanding. She draws on the wealth of the Christian tradition, especially scripture and the monastic and Celtic spiritualities she knows so well, to help her navigate her way through not only the inevitable sense of loss that accompanies such change, but also to embrace the new possibilities it brings.

The white stone of the title refers to a small pebble from the river that ran through her garden that she keeps in her pocket, but also strikes a note of hope referring to the new identity promised by God (Revelation 2.17). This is a book of simple, profound wisdom that will speak to many coping with change in their own lives.

 

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Esther de Waal writes of the houses that meant so much to her, and of her sadness in having to let them go. But she writes above all of the cottage in the Welsh Marches that was a stable presence in her life for over fifty years. The process of leaving it, and of putting down new roots in a flat in an urban environment led to the writing of this book. In it we see how she turned to the Ruel of St Benedict, to the Celtic World, to Thomas Merton, and the Psalms – all rich traditions – to nourish and support the process of new beginnings.

AUTHOR: Esther de Waal is a noted scholar and spiritual writer. She was propelled to fame by her book on Benedictine spirituality, Seeking God, which was published in numerous languages and brought her international recognition. She now lives in Oxford.

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126
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