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Skylight Paths Publishing Next to Godliness: Finding the Sacred in Housekeeping

Named to the 2007 "Top 10 Spiritual Summer Reading List" by the Detroit Free Press

Explore the place where clean and holy meet---and chart a new course toward discovering sanctity.

"I've always sought solace in cleaning.... As my husband and I packed up our apartment and cleaned the profound dust of the Twin Towers from our books and pillows, we used this shared ritual as an opportunity to reflect and heal. As my neighbor once said, 'Cleaning house is my church.'"
-from the Introduction

Be they our kitchens after a meal or our communities after a crisis, we all face the times---and opportunities---when we must clean up. Through a beautiful, diverse and eclectic array of personal narratives, fiction, sacred texts and verse, this inspiring book offers new perspectives on the unique ways we can reach out for the Divine within the simple acts of washing the dishes, doing the laundry, making a home and more. Giving the process of cleaning house depth and resonance, these writings will speak to your heart and allow you to see beyond the task at hand and into a greater undertaking---to realize the sacred in all that we do.

From sweeping the home, to organizing the office, to cleaning up the more daunting "Big Messes" in our communities, this engaging book touches upon every facet of our lives.

Contributors include:

  • Gaston Bachelard
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Joan Chittister
  • Billy Collins
  • John Crawford
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Allen Ginsberg
  • Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Homer
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Cheryl Mendelson
  • Pablo Neruda
  • Kathleen Norris
  • Louise Rafkin
  • Otagaki Rengetsu
  • Marilynne Robinson
  • Rumi
  • Starhawk

"Lovely.... Articulates what many women know but hesitate to admit: housekeeping has a unique spiritual quality, if only we will tap into it. Simply read and enjoy whenever you need to find the sacred in housekeeping once again."
-Marcia Ford, author of Finding Hope: Cultivating God's Gift of a Hopeful Spirit

Alice Peck is an innovative editor and writer who serves as a consultant to many published authors and produced screenwriters. She has spent years writing, developing and acquiring material for broadcast and cable television as well as feature films.

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Not a Christian Book!

Date:May 12, 2011
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I purchased this book thinking it was an encouragement to the stay-at-home Mom, from a Christian perspective. This book is actually a collection of quotes, poems, vignettes, and stories from many different authors who hold diametrically opposed spiritual beliefs. One portion of the book quotes scripture about the different priorities Mary and Martha had while Jesus was visiting. The very next section is written by a believer of Vedanta who gave her own interpretation of this scripture, and twisted its meaning to suit her own agenda by adding an entire postscript to the scripture. There are also pages with foul language and political correctness. The worldview of this book's editor is definitely that Christianity is only 1 of many legitimate beliefs.
Even if you are OK with all of the above, this book still rates poorly for quality. The book itself is not well organized, lumping the pieces into broad categories, but with no real thread tying it all together. The messages of the different authors also tend to contradict one another, leaving the reader wondering what the point of the book was. The last thing about this book is the 13 pages at the end advertising the other titles by this publisher on topics from Earth-Based Spirituality to Islam to Buddhism to Global Spiritual Perspectives.
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