Just Think hopes to meet the reader at the place of spiritual longing. Spiritual longing can take many forms: a wish for meaning, a yearning for purpose and significance, a need for affirmation and assurance, an inner loneliness, an attraction to joy or beauty, a hunger for God. Most people don’t look to their minds to help them satisfy the longing they feel, however. Thinking, the activity of the mind, is typically associated either with academic pursuits or strategies to succeed or be clever. It is seldom considered in terms of its association with the life of the soul. Yet the association is strong. Ideas and insights are just some of the prizes of thinking that overflow the cognitive perimeter to wash over and flood the soul with vitality. Questions and searches deepen the soul. Knowledge invites the soul to join the mind in actions of service and belief. In prayer, mind and soul unite to participate in mystery. Through attentiveness, study, and contemplation, God is recognized and known, swelling both mind and soul with life. With thinking as spiritual practice, mind meets soul and both are bound together.
Download a free journal/study guide here from my website. Scroll down the right margin about half way. Perfect for a book group.
My essay, "Things that Fall and Things that Stand" is part of this anthology edited by Leslie Leyland Fields and published by Cascade Press in 2010, The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God.
I'm honored to be included with such notable writers as Luci Shaw, Wendell Berry, Lauren Winner, Suzanne Wolfe, Robert Farrar Capon, Andre Dubus, Jeanne Murray Walker, and Gina Ochsner and other amazing contributors including Brian Volck, Alissa Herbaly Coons, Denise Frame Harlan, Chef Fred Raynaud, Hannah Faith Notess, Kelton Cobb, Jacqueline Rhodes, Deborah Leiter Nyabuti, Laura Good, Vinita Hampton Wright, Mary Kenagy Mitchell, Jeremy Clive Huggins, Stephen and Karen Baldwin, Ann Voskamp, Amy Frykholm, Thomas Maltman, and Margaret Hathaway. I'm sure I've missed someone.
In addition to essays, the book is also a collection of recipes, one from each contributor. Among the recipes: tangy, glazed pork roast; sweet raisin challah; Jacmel jambalaya; cilantro citrus Hollandaise; one-pot paprikas chicken; Swedish pancakes with lingonberry sauce; chicken wat; and mac & cheese for grown-ups. My essay is about making my grandmother's Swedish pancakes and the aftermath of the fall of the Interstate 35 bridge here in Minneapolis in 2007.
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