Update: I’m happy that Catherine, of comment #19, won Priscilla’s book in my giveaway. Congratulations, Catherine – I can’t wait to hear how you like it!
I’m thrilled to be participating in a blog party for Priscilla Warner‘s birthday. I read Priscilla’s book, Learning to Breathe, last year, and was immensely moved by it. I later read her first book, The Faith Club, in anticipation of our family trip to Jerusalem, and learned a lot of valuable information about the three religions that intersect so richly – and with such sparks – in the winding streets we walked in December.
Leaning to Breathe was one of those books that I think about every day. It was nothing less than a light for me, a beacon showing me the path, an invisible hand on my shoulder reassuring me that I am not alone in my sometimes-frantic, often-agitated search for a something I know is that even though I can’t quite name it yet.
Some of the greatest things in life don’t have to be so dramatic … It’s in the quiet moments that our lives are shaped. In homes, in cribs, in bedrooms, in the little things. That’s where it all happens.
This is my favorite passage from Learning to Breathe, and is one of the book’s many such intimate epiphanies. I’ve had the good fortune to get to know Priscilla through email since I read her book, and she’s every bit as delightful, warm, human, and inspirational as I had imagined. Furthermore, she has both the same name and same home town as my beloved grandmother, a small coincidence that nevertheless made me feel even closer to her. I’m thrilled to add my voice to the chorus that is chanting:
Happy birthday, Priscilla!
As part of this celebration, I’m thrilled to give away a copy of Priscilla’s book. If you relate to any of what I write here, I can assure you you will be touched by Priscilla’s story of learning to breathe, both literally and metaphorically. Please leave a comment and that will enter you into the giveaway. I can’t emphasize how meaningful Priscilla’s book is; I think everybody should read it.
In addition to this giveaway, Priscilla is hosting a wonderful birthday giveaway on her blog. She is giving away one of her buddha bracelets, a tibetan singing bowl, her favorite candle, nirvana Belgian chocolate, and a CD by Bellruth Naparstek, her guided imagery guru. Please click over to Priscilla’s blog to participate. Some other writers who join me in celebrating Priscilla are there as well. It is my honor to share in this wave of love towards someone who I am proud to call my teacher. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Priscilla, for all that you are, to me to so many.
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