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Writing - The Sacred Art
Writing - The Sacred Art
Beyond the Page to Spiritual Practice
By Rami Shapiro and Aaron Shapiro
Skylight Paths Publishing, Woodstock, Vermont: 2012
Reviewed by Anna Dogole - June 13, 2012
Can the act of writing be transformed into a spiritual exercise? According to Rami Shapiro and Aaron Shapiro, in Writing - The Sacred Art, it most certainly can! This is one of the many books in the Art of Spiritual Living Series that strives to teach people how to turn ordinary activities into spiritual exercises. Exercises that will not only help to connect you with the divine, but which can also be used to make sense out of your life and to work through any problems that you might be having.
Filled with creative and spiritually guided writing exercises, this book is both a guide to writing as a spiritual practice, and a how-to write spiritually. This is not, however, a book about writing spiritually oriented books. Rather it is simply a book that will help guide you on your own spiritual quest.
Some seek spirituality through meditation, or exercise, or prayer. This book shows you how pursue your quest through the writing of words. Some of these words may turn into stories, some into letters, other just short, perhaps random samplings, of what you have experienced, sensed, or thought about. In their entirety, the body of words that you will produce by the time you work through this book, will serve as milestones marking where you came from and the journey you took along your path to enlightenment.
From beginning to end I found Writing - The Sacred Art to be an inspirational and practical self-help book. The writing exercises contained in this book, and the guidance provided, helps you to not only take a deep and honest look inside yourself, but also discover ways to gain a closer spiritual connection to G-d and the world about you. Most important, this book will help teach you how to use writing as a spiritual practice.
Writing - The Sacred Art was written by a father-and-son team. Rami Shapiro is the father, and he's a respected spiritual coach and Rabbi. He is also an award-winning author. His son, Aaron is a writer and writing coach who teaches writing at the Middle Tennessee State University. Each brought to this work a unique skill set and viewpoint, and their combined input made this a much stronger and inspiration book than it might otherwise have been. Best of all, you don't need to be a professional writer to benefit from this book. You simply have to be willing to be honest with yourself and work through the exercises. Proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling are all optional components of your writing . . . No matter your skill level, by the time you work though this book you'll find that your skills have sharpened, just as your mind and heart have opened to new possibilities. Highly recommended to anyone wishing to enrich their spiritual life through the art of writing.
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