Mollie Player isn’t particularly cut out for enlightenment. But, well, how hard can it be? So, one fine January first, she decides to conduct a year-long two-part experiment. Part one: finally find a few best friends. Part two: learn how to pray without ceasing—to communicate continuously with the Divine.
The results: You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends—and the many challenges detailed therein.
Exploring the frustrations of spiritual awareness and of human connection, this first-in-series memoir is inspired by Anne Lamott, Elizabeth Gilbert and Brother Lawrence.
For a day, a week, even a month at a time, she had the feeling continuously. She had it while she read, while she drove, while she ate, and while she played with her child. Which is why each time the feeling left, it was a great disappointment.
It was the feeling of connection with the divine, and Mollie Player wanted to hold on to it forever. But how?
What was the key to continuous meditation?
The second installment in her Mystical Memoir series, The Power of Acceptance follows Player’s attempt to do a sitting meditation each day, then remain in the state of meditation as much as possible after that.
Featuring interviews on meditation from long-time practitioners, the year-long journal isn’t a meditation prescription, but rather a personal story of one woman’s spiritual struggles and breakthroughs.
“And I have no other explanation for how it feels to have given birth to a person and then spent a few days with them before letting them go other than that:
“It feels like being a mother probably feels every day.
“It felt like being a mother.”
Recounting in detail the four days of her life, What I Learned from Jane is the true story of how a child born with severe brain damage renewed her mother’s awareness of love and spirituality.
The solution is almost always fewer things. That’s the Naked House philosophy in a nutshell, though the importance of top-notch organization (“a place for everything and everything in its place”), design unity, cleanliness and quality round out this book’s description of the most desirable, peaceful home in which to live. With a tongue-in-cheek, personal style, The Naked House is an inspiring but not-too-serious primer on cleaning, organizing and reducing clutter—and on changing the way you view the purpose and soul of your home.
In the year 2081, Francie lived in a small village called Gallitia. It was simple. It was peaceful. It was beautiful. But there was one problem.
Francie couldn’t leave.
Oh, and then there were the people that wanted to bring electricity and change everything. And the boy with the very red hair, who Francie suspected was somehow part of this change. The question, then, became: Will Francie change, too?
“NELL: And they say college doesn’t prepare you for the real world.
“NELL: I wish it didn’t.
“RYAN: What a disappointment.”
The time: the fall of 1994. The place: a normal-looking community college campus in a medium-sized city, which is nevertheless populated with some truly quirky individuals. It is here that two college students decide to explore the meaning of life, and to peruse the nature of their relationship as well.
What they discover about what life is and what life is about is surprising, humorous and completely profound.
“They told me you did nothing
unusual the day that I
left. You moved like you
always do through the
long slow heat of a
But that day I waited for the
bus, watching the
cars pass by, and I waited for a
discarded styrofoam cup to finally
crush under a passing wheel or
On The Bus is a book of short poems about love and loneliness.