Bender, Sue. Everyday Sacred: A Woman's Journey Home. (San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 1995) 176 p., ill.
ISBN: 0062512897

'Everyday Sacred' is a book about spirituality, about the spiritual journey. Though the author's previous book is about the Amish (a Christian sect that avoids modern conveniences and strives for a simple lifestyle), this is not a Christian book; nor, despite the Tao stories, is it Taoist. It is a book of meditative stories on spirituality.

Bender has collected a series of circular tales about different people's lives, a collection about simplicity, about doing, about being. Like Taoist proverbs, they convey messages about simplicity and about expectations and about living lightly yet fully in this world. The writing itself is straighforward and lyrical, having a sweet, rich, firm but light quality, like a well-made custard.

The author uses the metaphor of the 'begging bowl', of how we collect, choose, and discard the stories that fill the bowls of our lives and our spirits. The question she asks is "Are ordinary, familiar things 'entitled to reverence'?"

The pagan answer, the same answer Bender came to, is yes. And so, this book, which teaches/tells about simplicity, about circles and spirals (see Susun Weed's Wise Woman Herbal for more on spirals) and about everyday rituals, has relevance to us. Similar, but more pagan books are Janet Thompson's Magical Hearth and Barbara Ardinger's Woman's Book of Rituals and Celebrations , as well as Dancing Up the Moon.

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