I definitely enjoyed this book, even though I am no longer Catholic and never had instruction in how to pray the rosary I am a big believer in the Divine Feminine and found this book freeing as well as informative about Mother Mary and how other cultures perceive and worship the Divine Feminine I learned a LOT and have been inspired to create my own set of prayer beads along with my own prayers as a daily ritual Thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. First, this comes out a day before my birthday Second, LOOK AT THAT COVER And third, this book sounds like heaven to me. Such an important book for our times A feminine shift is sweeping the planet Philosophically, women s voices are finally being heard within important discourses Understanding the importance of this work is essential if we are to sustain the human race A perfect book for people who care about humanity. Enjoyed this book and the way it wove strands of Mother Earth mythology, Christian practice and ecological angst together into a believable well, I believed it philosophy theology for our modern times The ritual of the rosary with it s soul satisfying Ave Maria chanting prayer has always appealed to my heart as a way to enter into deep conversation with The Divine This book helped me see why the practice was so appealing and comforting I suggest you will enjoy this exploration beyond old concepts of spiritual experience.I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do What happens when a former Zen Buddhist monk and his feminist wife experience an apparition of the Virgin Mary When a vision of a mysterious Lady invited Clark Strand and Perdita Finn to pray the rosary, not only were they disinterested in becoming Catholic, they were finished with institutional religion altogether Their main spiritual concerns were the fate of the planet and the future of their children and grandchildren in an age of ecological collapse But this Lady barely even referred to the Church and its proscriptions She spoke of the miraculous power of the rosary to transform lives and heal the planet, revealing the secrets she had hidden within the rosary s prayers and mysteries secrets of a past age when forests were the only cathedrals and people wove rose garlands for a Mother whose loving presence was as close as the ground beneath their feet She told Strand and Finn The rosary is My body,and My body is the body of the world.Your body is one with that body.What cause could there be for fear Weaving together their own remarkable story of how they came to the rosary, their discoveries about the eco feminist wisdom at the heart of this ancient devotion, and the life changing revelations of the Lady herself, the authors reveal an ancestral path available to everyone, religious or not that returns us to the powerful healing rhythms of the natural world I am not Catholic but my husband is so I thought that this would be an interesting read maybe for someone else It was too out there for me although it was well written and an interesting concept 2 stars for that it was just too eco feminist huh for me My niece would love this book and some of your patrons would, too, but it was not for me isaidthatiwouldbehonest A beautiful tapestry of a story This read was magical realism than anything else It was a multi genre adventure about what it means to be human There s mystery with Clark trying to interpret his visions, realistic observations of the world and magical with its insight and hopefulness What I loved was reaching the end of the story and then realizing that the characters were the authors I realized that the names didn t just match up, but this was Clark and Perdita s true story Even if the story feels far fetched, I believe that something magical and or powerful was working alongside them.This is a one of a kind books that you can t explain You can t talk about this book with someone, mainly because the plot is obtuse The story switches narration styles and there s a religious history section every other chapter At first, this description doesn t make much sense Yet once you dive into the story, everything comes together The history melded perfectly with the family s story and it was an enriching account of world religions With the divided state of the world nowadays, this book was a breath of fresh air It discusses problems of climate change, religious adversity and quarrels, sexism, harassment and privilege Specifically, I admired that Clark was able to point out the negative aspects of both Buddhism and Catholicism It needed to be said when he said it.More than anything this books needs to be shared A book club would be the perfect atmosphere This is the sort of unusual book that makes sense as you compare notes on it with friends It s an excellent buddy read. What Happens When A Former Zen Buddhist Monk And His Feminist Wife Experience An Apparition Of The Virgin Mary When A Vision Of A Mysterious Lady Invited Clark Strand And Perdita Finn To Pray The Rosary, Not Only Were They Disinterested In Becoming Catholic, They Were Finished With Institutional Religion Altogether Their Main Spiritual Concerns Were The Fate Of The Planet And The Future Of Their Children And Grandchildren In An Age Of Ecological Collapse But This Lady Barely Even Referred To The Church And Its Proscriptions She Spoke Of The Miraculous Power Of The Rosary To Transform Lives And Heal The Planet, Revealing The Secrets She Had Hidden Within The Rosary S Prayers And Mysteries Secrets Of A Past Age When Forests Were The Only Cathedrals And People Wove Rose Garlands For A Mother Whose Loving Presence Was As Close As The Ground Beneath Their Feet She Told Strand And Finn The Rosary Is My Body,and My Body Is The Body Of The World Your Body Is One With That Body What Cause Could There Be For Fear Weaving Together Their Own Remarkable Story Of How They Came To The Rosary, Their Discoveries About The Eco Feminist Wisdom At The Heart Of This Ancient Devotion, And The Life Changing Revelations Of The Lady Herself, The Authors Reveal An Ancestral Path Available To Everyone, Religious Or Not That Returns Us To The Powerful Healing Rhythms Of The Natural WorldAdvance Praise ForThe Way Of The RoseMy Favorite Part Of This Robust And Exquisitely Written Book Is The Storytelling I Love The Way The Authors Work Together To Weave A Luminous Tapestry Of Travel Memoir, Tender Awakening, And Championship Of Our Mother The Earth While The Particular Spiritual Insights Are Consciousness Raising And Heart Opening, It Does Not Matter What The Reader S Religious Orientation Or Lack Thereof May Be This Is A Universal Story Of Love, A Huge Hearted Invitation To Step Up And Into The Field Of The Sacred Feminine, A Gratifying Guide To A Life Of Joy And Service Mirabai Starr, Author Of God Of Love And Wild Mercy Clark Strand And Perdita Finn Have Answered A Collective Need To Help Us Discover The Empowering And Miraculous Non Denominational Spiritual Practice Of Prayer The Way Of The Rose Is Brilliantly Written And Filled With A Wealth Of Stories Meant To Inspire Us I Feel Blessed By Reading This Beautiful And Sacred Book Sandra Ingerman, Author Of Soul Retrieval And The Book Of Ceremony Have you ever longed for safe haven, sanctuary and Home Have you ever ached for solace and comfort and the unconditional love of The Mother Has your soul told you that there is God the Mother She who kisses your wounds, wipes away your tears, holds you when you wake in the night in fear Then this book is for you The words written here will put you in touch with your roots It will guide you to creating your own garden of prayer and contemplation and connection with others who also know the Truth of Her It is the antidote to the feelings of isolation and of abandonment so prevalent in this age.The authors are friends of mine They are real, and down to earth, literally I have witnessed this book from its conception, through its gestation, and now on the day of its birth It is a brilliant, lovingly created work of the Heart. This was an okay book I liked the wisdom it had about connecting to the earth and the Divine Feminine in different cultures It seemed a bit slow to me at first, but I enjoyed it I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy free of charge This is my honest and unbiased opinion of it. Probably the strangest book on the Rosary you will ever read.
Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the The Way of the Rose book, this is one of the most wanted Clark Strand author readers around the world.
- 320 pages
- The Way of the Rose
- Clark Strand
- 13 February 2018 Clark Strand