Sunday, January 12, 2014

Book Review: Blessings by Julia Cameron

If you’re like me and suffer from the winter blahs, then Blessings:  Prayers and Declarations for a Heartful Life by Julia Cameron may help.
This book slipped into my life unexpectedly. I was scanning the book table at a church fair on Mane Island and its red cover caught my eye. Hmmm, Julia Cameron? Didn’t she write The Artists’ Way? I flipped the book open and sure enough my speculation was correct. Clearly this book deserves further exploration. I turned it over and read the blurb on the back cover…‘contains prayers and declarations that enable those who read them to rejoice with the knowledge that they are part of a larger whole that holds them in a benevolent and protective view. With lessons and observations on the nature of gratitude and the power to change, this book allows us to perceive the secrets of a bountiful existence, one that is intricate, priceless and insightful.’
Sold, I thought and bought the book.
Soon Blessings became part of my bedtime routine.
Each devotional is brief:  begins with a quote from a famous author—from Rumi to Leo Tolstay to Henry David Thoreau to Hildegard of Bingen to…—and concludes with a reflection related to the quote.
Blessings is a small book but it’s powerful. I wake with a seed of postivity firmly planted in my mind.