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Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen
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Sep 21, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, book-club
Read from August 28 to September 20, 2011

I really like these reviews:

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I fall right in between them. I agree that it was very healing and the stories were powerful. I love the idea of allowing people in professions of healing to connect to those they serve in real and powerful ways. I also love the way that she allows for mystery to be a part of illness and death in a way that is powerful and immensely healing. However, I don't always agree with her conclusions, and I certainly would not advise taking as long to read it as I did. I often found myself not wanting to get back into it after leaving it for a day or two, but when I did, I felt it was very rewarding. It is quite amazing the kinds of things we can learn from the experiences of others. One thing that I really noticed was how much more powerful these experiences would have been to her as someone involved and/or present as they came about, and that made me want to be that much more observant, connected, and aware of the multitude of experiences of those around me, as well as more connected to my own story and experience. I too, feel like I tend to be a bit overly logical and pragmatic (at least in very particular ways) in my way of approaching situations and looking at the world, and this made me want to experience more from the perspective of simply experiencing and from the perspective of faith.
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