I mentioned on Friday that I had ordered a copy of Divine Intimacy, in the hopes of jump starting more of a spiritual routine. It arrived on Monday, which was great since the Amazon delivery estimate was between the 6th and 21st. The book is a little bigger than I expected, so it’s not exactly purse-sized. Just fine for the nightstand, though.
The end papers are, as expected, lovely. It’s a treat to have use a book that has been made with such an eye for detail.
And then, of course, there’s the content, which some would say is more important than the end papers. It starts on the First Sunday of Advent, so when it arrived on Monday I was only one day behind. There are two meditations given for each day, as well as a colloquy (a prayer addressed directly to God; see below). So far, I’m extremely pleased with the tone used in the book; it’s simple and kind, but still manages to provide a kick in the pants every day. For example, the first meditation I read included the following passage:
“If I do not become a saint, it is entirely my own fault.” Yikes. Unsurprisingly, that’s stuck with me. There’s no set formula for when to use the meditations, but since there are two each day, I’ve been reading one first thing in the morning. Each day so far, there has been something that has just stuck with me through the whole day. The second – with colloquy – I’ve been reading right before bed. I can’t wait to keep going, and will be sure to post any particular gems here.