Morning Sun on White

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9780385489546: Morning Sun on White

This is a book about learning to live in the moment, a simple set of instructions for recognizing the sacredness in everyday things.  On reading this book, Bill Moyers, the journalist and bestselling author, recognized these qualities and wrote, "Morning Sun on a White Piano challenges us to think again about how we spend our days, what truly matters."

There's a lot of talk these days about slowing down, simplifying, "seizing the day," but it isn't really happening.  We all talk the talk, but the walk we walk is getting faster and faster, and we seem to be enjoying it less and less.  Our problem is that, in searching for life, we pass it by.

Morning Sun on a White Piano is the perfect tonic for the freneticism of contemporary life.  In twelve lucid, straightforward essays, Dr. Robin R. Meyers offers a brilliant guide to achieving the simple and sacramental life--not by planning the perfect vacation or dreaming of the perfect job, but by paying attention to what is holy, right under our noses: books, music, letters, and children.  Morning Sun on a White Piano is about recovering the "lost arts of living."  It's about hearing again, in a culture that has gone deaf.  It's about seeing again, in a culture that's blinded.  It's about feeling again, in a world that overstimulates itself to the point of numbness.  If simplifying our lives means singing the song, Morning Sun on a White Piano challenges us to learn the dance--step-by-step.

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The title Morning Sun on a White Piano conjures a treacly torrent of horrifying associations--pianists Ferrante and Teicher, generic greeting cards, the collected B-sides of Karen Carpenter--but it's actually a terrific book. Dr. Robin R. Meyers has put together an implicitly but thoroughly Christian guide to the sacramental pleasures of everyday activities such as cooking and pet ownership. Meyers writes in a lapidary, spare style that invites comparison with the best contemporary books on spirituality. Morning Sun on a White Piano is The Miracle of Mindfulness for middle-class Christians.

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"In the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing, Robin Meyers inspired a stricken people with powerful messages of consolation, courage, and common sense; through the valley of the shadow his words brought light and hope to a community coping with senseless wrath. I read those words while filming a documentary there and was impressed by their witness to the healing of grief. Now Dr. Meyers has turned from the contemplation of tragedy to this meditation on life. Morning Sun on a White Piano challenges us to think again about how we spend our days, what truly matters. There is joy on every page--and wisdom to match."
--Bill Moyers

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