Wisdom Walk: Nine Practices for Creating Peace and Balance from the World's Spiritual Traditions

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After experiencing her own crisis of faith, Sage Bennet developed an eclectic spiritual life, borrowing rituals from many religions and traditions. In Wisdom Walk she outlines some of the most powerful of those practices, making them accessible to contemporary readers without diminishing or disrespecting their subtle nuances. Drawing from Hinduism, she explains how to create a home altar as a reminder of a larger spiritual presence. She explores how Buddhist meditation helps one find peace. From Islam comes surrendering to prayer, and from Christianity the practice of forgiveness. There's even Native American spirituality in the form of a chapter on letting nature be one’s teacher. A final, summarizing chapter, brings together all the traditions, demonstrates their fundamental unity, and discusses the importance of offering oneself in service to others. Wisdom Walk provides a simple, easy-to-follow guide for bringing the world’s spiritual traditions into one’s life through practical, powerful rituals.

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"This book is a treasure of beauty and grace, true to the one mystic heart that beats in the soul of every great spiritual tradition."
-- Joan Borysenko, PhD, author of A Woman's Journey to God

"What a brilliant idea Sage Bennet has in this book -- to give us insight into the world's religions while using them to illuminate the components of our own spiritual journeys."
-- Christina Baldwin, author of Storycatcher

"A beautifully simple and clear description of the wisdom teachings of the great religions of the world, enhanced with stories showing their practical benefits. A great read that can lead to inspiring results."
-- Catherine Ponder, author of The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity

"Wisdom is the religion of the heart, and Sage Bennet has given multifaceted insight into the world's timeless wisdom traditions and practices, which is perhaps more timely and needed today than ever before."
-- Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder and spiritual director of the Agape International Spiritual Center

"Wisdom Walk is a treasure. This collection of practices from key spiritual traditions affirms the tolerance and respect that have gone missing in our world and that are desperately required if we are to survive and flourish. This book fosters grounded spirituality through practice, a hallmark of any tradition worth its salt."
-- Larry Dossey, MD, author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things

"Sage Bennet beckons us into the world's great spiritual teachings with her book Wisdom Walk. In making these teachings accessible, she invites us to discover the depth that simple but consistent principles in each of them can offer to us in our spiritual unfoldment. Try these practices. The rich gifts they offer will bless your life."
-- Rev. Mary Murray Shelton, author of Guidance from the Darkness

"A marvelously inspired compilation of sacred offerings that unite the reader's awareness into the wonder of the One as seen through the many."
-- W. Brugh Joy, MD, author of Joy's Way and Avalanche

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Starred Review. For ordained minister Bennett, familiarity breeds wisdom. She examines eight of the world's great faith traditions, mining them for transcendent practices and forms applicable to any spiritual discipline. Prior to a culminating multifaith chapter on service, Bennett explores Hinduism's home altars; Buddhism's meditation practices; Islam's rewards of surrendering in a daily cascade of prayers; Judaism's observance of the Sabbath to keep relationships with friends and family intact; Christianity's rich legacy of forgiveness; Native American spirituality's nature insights; Taoism's trust in the processes of life; and New Thought's application of "visioning" to discern calling and course. Each chapter uses broad brush strokes to cover the elements of each tradition, as well as the author's running personal narrative to reveal how this approach has unfolded in her own life and teaching. Bennett's thrust is always on seeing how other traditions can support, not erode or supplant, an existing faith. Practical application steps and stories of how her students reacted to and integrated these gifts further serve to make this a lively, honest and substantive conduit toward meaningful conversation in the explosive arena of religion. (Apr.)
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