My dear and talented friend lucy over at Diamonds in the Sky with Lucy is releasing her very first zine on the theme of Grace Unbound and she now has copies in stock. Lucy describes it as a creative combination of words and image. Containing original works and over 50 stunning photos by amazing photographer, Bill Hughlett (whose Abbey interview you can find here), this small 7 X 7 book will make a great gift for yourself or others. I won't get to see my copy until Wednesday, but I love lucy's reflections and Bill's photos are gorgeous, so I am eager to spend time with it. You can order your copies for $20 each plus shipping directly by emailing lucy directyl at email@example.com. Wonderul as a gift for yourself or a friend, for Christmas or the New Year!
Milton Brasher-Cunningham over at Don't Eat Alone just surprised me with a delightful gift — a copy of A Faraway Christmas (thank you Milton!!). It is a Christmas story he wrote and recorded himself in a whimsical Dr. Seussical kind of rhyme about the beautiful possibility of sharing our deepest aches with each other at Christmas. It speaks beautifully to what I believe most deeply — that our capacity for joy is in proportion to our capacity for sorrow. He asks, "What if we spoke the truth, what if we named our fears, What if we loosed the sadness, we've tied up for years?" This unbinding of ourselves frees us for the joy and hope that the season offers. You can order your own copy for $10 at his website. Also a great last-minute Christmas gift.
Of course you can also order your copy of Crossing the Threshold: New Year, New Beginnings, my own most recent Reflective Art Journal by visiting the Abbey Shop — perfect as a way to enter into the New Year with more intention and meaning. It is filled with suggestions for practice and ritual inspired by a variety of traditions.
(and another special Thank You to Jen, a wonderful reader in New Zealand, who sent me a copy of the delightful A Common Prayer: A Cartoonist Talks to God by Michael Leunig!)
** Read this week's Advent Reflection on Holy Darkness here **