A Book That Makes You Feel Understood
Sometimes you just need to read a book because it makes you feel understood. Not a book that tells you how to change, or how to grow, but one that speaks to your soul and gives you a sense of being seen, and felt, and resonated with.
This book does not seem profound at first glance as it does not ask any questions of the reader other than to be willing to see the reflection of oneself on the page and to see the pain, or the hope that fills our days, put on display.
There are no lines to fill out, no words to write, no prayers to say, just a display of kind words that show that we are not alone in this messy thing called life, a reminder that someone has empathy for us, even if this someone is a distant person, who does not know us, but somehow seems to look into our soul anyways.
Gentle Poetry For Every Day
Written in the form of gentle poetry, Jessica Kantrowitz guides us through all of the reasons why we are longing for peace, one day at a time. It is not a devotional of a particular faith, but a devotional of hope in peace, a universal peace, that belongs (or at least should) to all of us, without dogma or preaching, just by being present with us, in whatever space we are at the moment.
In that simplicity lays its beauty. It is humble, gentle, caring, and quiet, like a friend that is there, in case you need them. It is not filled with shoulds or should-not, or instructions, yet it is powerful if you allow it to truly touch you, to deeply reflect.
If you like unique daily devotionals that are not following a standard form, yet still seek a daily companion, then give yourself the gift of this caring, and gentle book.
Author: Jessica Kantrowitz
Genre: Prayer Book, Devotional, Poetry
Publication Date: October 30th, 2020
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
By the end of the day we’re often exhausted, worn down by meeting other’s needs and our own, frustrated by things that happened today, and anxious about what’s going to happen tomorrow. In 365 Days of Peace, writer and theologian Jessica Kantrowitz offers a moment of peace for that transition into the evening. In each of these short benedictions, first posted on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, she identifies struggles common to us all yet specific enough that some readers have wondered if she was reading their journals. She then speaks peace over them and over us, offering blessings that are pastoral but also inclusive, accessible for people of any faith, or of none. Light a candle, make a cup of tea, and settle into the evening with this book, in gentleness, hope, and peace.