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River of Grace: Creative Passages Through Difficult Times

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Susan Bailey reveals in this personal and moving narrative how several major losses helped her rediscover creativity and faith. Filled with powerful insights on the presence and action of grace--in the Mass and sacraments, in nature, and even in grief--River of Grace guides readers to strengthen their faith during tough times and discover their own hidden gifts.

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Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 30th 2015 by Ave Maria Press
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Irene
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
The author uses the metaphor of kayaking and her personal experiences of family death, health issues and financial problems to help the reader through times of loss and pain. Several exercises involving creativity, art and journaling are included in each chapter. I am not personally in a “difficult time”; I did not do any of the exercises. Rather I bought this at a highly discounted price and wanted to read it before donating it to the parish library. It is likely that the book would have resona ...more
Tarissa
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Susan Bailey shares about the trials and triumphs in her life in her new book River of Grace. She tells how God's mercy has shown her a greater kind of essence, once she let herself glide along with His unending grace.

A running theme that you learn all throughout this book is how creativity and spirituality go together, hand in hand. Susan illustrates this time and again. Susan pauses to personalize the reading and ask you how you can create new life in your surroundings as you allow the river o
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Lisa of Hopewell
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
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As a creative type this book really "spoke" to me in so many meaningful ways. From the very beginning, with her list of "yeses" I found a kindred soul whose experiences I could learn from and grow from. Part 5 on writing had the most meaning for me, but all of it presented new ways to look at God, self, faith and coping. While I am not Catholic, this book is applicable to other traditions of Christian worship.I have not yet worked with all of the "Flow Lessons," but those I have experienced adde ...more
Janka H.
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So deep. So relatable!

Ms Bailey is both a truly gifted author and, I believe, the instrument and collaborator of God in creating this richly insightful and warm book. My spiritual journey has been different (I has not been touched by the loss of a dear person - yet!), but there sure have been big and sharp stones on my path, whose had cutted me deeply. I have gained a lot of wisdom and warm "touches", even some healing when reading this book.

I needed to read very slowly, though, and ponder a lo
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