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stood at the window watching the cocoon, which hung in the winter air like an upside–down question mark. That was the moment... I understood. Really understood. Crisis, change, all the myriad upheavals that blister the spirit and leave us groping– they aren't voices simply of pain but also of creativity. And if we would only listen, we might hear such times beckoning us to a season of waiting, to the place of fertile emptiness.

Blending her own experiences with an intimate grasp of contemplative spirituality, Sue Monk Kidd relates the passionate and moving tale of her spiritual crisis at midlife, when life seemed to have lost meaning and how her longing for hasty escape from the pain yielded to a discipline of "active waiting." Comparing her experience to the formative processes inside a chrysalis on a wintry tree branch, Kidd reflects on the fact that the soul is often symbolized as a butterfly. The simple cocoon, a living parable of waiting, becomes an icon of hope for the transformation that the author sought. Kidd charts her re–ascent from the depths and offers a new understanding of the passage away from the

self, which is based upon others' expectations, to the true self of God's unfolding intention. Her wise, inspiring book helps those in doubt and crisis recognize the opportunity to "dismantle old masks and patterns and unfold a deeper, more authentic self." When the Heart Waits, which first appeared in hardcover in 1990, has been embraced by t

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"A joy to read....Honest and healing." Alan Jones, dean of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, and author of Soul Making

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Blending her own experiences with an intimate grasp of spirituality, Sue Monk Kidd relates the passionate and moving tale of her spiritual crisis, when life seemed to have lost meaning and her longing for a hasty escape from the pain yielded to a discipline of active waiting. This Plus edition includes a reader's guide.

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From the Bestselling Author of The Secret Life of Bees, an Inspiring Autobiographical Account of Personal Pain, Spiritual Awakening, and Divine Grace

Blending her own experiences with an intimate grasp of spirituality, Sue Monk Kidd relates the passionate and moving tale of her spiritual crisis, when life seemed to have lost meaning and her longing for a hasty escape from the pain yielded to a discipline of "active waiting." This PLUS edition includes a reader's guide.

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About the Author

Sue Monk Kidd is the author of the bestselling novels The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair, as well as the award-winning The Dance of the Dissident Daughter and God's Joyful Surprise.
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christopher.horne, February 16, 2009 (view all comments by christopher.horne)
While this book is written from a Christian perspective, I recommend it to any woman I know who's struggling with any midlife crisis issue. Both intelligent and comforting, the book has no equal in this type of literature. While it never trivializes the subject of feeling lost or suddenly uprooted "in the middle of life's path", Kidd's book is amazingly down to earth and honest. It speaks to the heart. I loved the book so much, I keep checking back to see if the author has written more. Would love to see more of her work!
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moon, July 17, 2008 (view all comments by moon)
Susan Monk Kidd always writes to the weakest of us. We can find ourselves in her struggles...thank goodness!
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lmcgee, July 16, 2008 (view all comments by lmcgee)
Sue Monk Kidd writes about her midlife spiritual crisis when everything around her had lost its meaning. She found that there was no easy or quick fix; she needed to engage in contemplative waiting. She compares this process to the life span of a butterfly -- how it must first spend time in its cocoon before emerging as a beautiful butterfly.

I began to understand that I have been in a period of contemplative waiting for many years. Years in which nothing seemed to happen. But I know that God has been using this waiting period to refine me. Reading this book gave me the strength move forward.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061144899
Author:
Kidd, Sue Monk
Publisher:
HarperOne
Author:
by Sue Monk Kidd
Author:
by Sue Monk Kidd
Subject:
Christian Life
Subject:
Devotional
Subject:
Inspirational - Protestant Self Help
Subject:
Spiritual life
Subject:
Christianity - Christian Life - General
Subject:
Christian Life - General
Subject:
Christian Life - Inspirational - Protestant Self Help
Subject:
Spiritual life -- Christianity.
Subject:
Christianity-Inspirational
Subject:
Spirituality
Subject:
Religious
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Edition Description:
Trade PB
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Plus
Publication Date:
20061031
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.90x5.36x.57 in. .41 lbs.
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Product details 240 pages HarperOne - English 9780061144899 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A joy to read....Honest and healing."
"Synopsis" by , Blending her own experiences with an intimate grasp of spirituality, Sue Monk Kidd relates the passionate and moving tale of her spiritual crisis, when life seemed to have lost meaning and her longing for a hasty escape from the pain yielded to a discipline of active waiting. This Plus edition includes a reader's guide.
"Synopsis" by , From the Bestselling Author of The Secret Life of Bees, an Inspiring Autobiographical Account of Personal Pain, Spiritual Awakening, and Divine Grace

Blending her own experiences with an intimate grasp of spirituality, Sue Monk Kidd relates the passionate and moving tale of her spiritual crisis, when life seemed to have lost meaning and her longing for a hasty escape from the pain yielded to a discipline of "active waiting." This PLUS edition includes a reader's guide.

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