Recently, on a rainy Saturday, I decided it was time to glean my shelf and find a good book to curl up with. What I found was a gem that had been forgotten. I remember buying it because the title intrigued me, “Sensible Shoes: A Story about the Spiritual Journey”...if there are two things I love it is books and shoes :) So with coffee in hand I sat down and entered a journey I had not anticipated.
Sensible Shoes is the story of four women who find themselves drawn together as they join a class at a local spiritual retreat center. Meg, Hannah, Charissa and Mara come from very different walks of life. Each has struggled with everyday issues such as letting go, control, trusting God, people pleasing, perfectionism, hiding behind busyness, fear regret, guilt and shame. They soon find connection as they share a journey of freedom, healing and transformation.
Each introduction begins with a narrative of an event from the women’s past moving then into their present. I was instantly drawn into their stories and as I got to know each one better, found myself being able to relate to their experiences. It was great to watch as these women found connection with one another, building friendships that were honest and supportive.
Author Sharon Brown shares many of the spiritual disciplines that can impact our lives: prayerfully reading the Word of God, journaling, learning to sit in stillness and silence. She helps others find a sacred space in which to encounter the living God! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the second one, Two Steps Forward: A Story of Persevering in Hope, which is due to be released in October 2015.
Jesus says, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30, MSG)So grab a coffee (or tea), put on a pair of comfy shoes and take a walk on the sacred journey.
If you are interested in using this for a book club you can find a companion guide to download here.